is nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. The lake lies at the foot of the Southern Alps, which rise to a height of 3 kilometres. New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook (Aoraki) is a short drive away and rises to 3,753m (12,313ft).
From Queenstown, drive north along Highway 6 to Cromwall. Take by-pass highway 8a past the Cromwell township, across Lake Dunstan to Highway 8. Turn left on to Highway 8 and follow it through the Lindis Pass and in to the Mackenzie Basin. Continue on Highway 8 through Omarama to Lake Tekapo.
From Timaru, drive inland on Highway 8 through Pleasant Point, Cave and Fairlie. Continue along Highway 8 to Lake Tekapo.
|Christchurch||2 hours 50 mins|
|Queenstown||2 hours 50 mins|
|Wanaka||2 hours 20 mins|
|Dunedin||2 hours 50 mins|
|Timaru||1 hour 30 mins|
|Mt Cook (Aoraki)||1 hour|