An Idyllic location in the heart of the Southern Alps

If you are looking for hustle and bustle, Tekapo is not the place for you! What it lacks in nightlife, it more than makes up for with scenery, snow and relaxing atmosphere to feel like you truly got away from it all.

3 hours from Christchurch and 3.5 hours from Queenstown, Tekapo represents the perfect spot to stop and take in the serenity of the stunning Southern Alps landscape. Famous for its lake, hot pools, ice skating, tubing, star gazing and close proximity to Aoraki Mt Cook, this little gem still offers plenty of options when you aren’t on the snow.

Tekapo is also a fantastic spot to try your hand at heli skiing, with some of the most remote mountain slopes in New Zealand available for you to conquer. If you don’t actually want to get out of the helicopter with some skis or a board, there are some truly memorable scenic flight options around the area, many with snow landings!

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Local ski resorts

A true Kiwi ski experience, Roundhill is a friendly, relaxing mountain known for sunny days, amazing views, great snow and super wide groomed trails with few crowds. The world’s longest and steepest rope tow leading to Australasia’s biggest vertical drop (783m) is a must do. For freestylers, Central Park has jumps, rollers, rails and boxes for most abilities.
Ohau is a smaller snowfield that caters for all abilities of skiing and snowboarding. 1 Chairlift, 1 Platter, 1 Snow Matt. It is not big but it is unique. Be sure to hike the ridge a reap the powder rewards!

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If you fly into Christchurch, you can create an amazing Snow Road Trip down through Methven/Mt Hutt, into Tekapo/Roundhill and then onwards to Wanaka and Queenstown. Potentially 6+ ski fields in the one trip. Not sure how many pubs are along the way too…….Now that’s a Road Trip to remember! If you have the time, just do it!

About Tekapo

Top 10 reasons to choose Tekapo

  1. Perfect stop for a Christchurch to Queenstown Road Trip
  2. Relaxed atmosphere will ensure you head back to your ‘real life’ refreshed
  3. Tekapo Springs hot pools offer the perfect post slopes recovery session
  4. Stunning lake and alpine scenery
  5. Ice skate under the stars
  6. Get a bit romantic with a star gazing tour
  7. Day trip to Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain
  8. Awesome spot for some remote mountain heli skiing
  9. At least 12 places to eat out. Double figure options is a good thing
  10. 2 Unique ski fields to conquer – both with LESS CROWDS

From To Travel Time
Tekapo Roundhill 35 Mins
Tekapo Ohau 1 hr 30 mins
Tekapo Methven/Mt Hutt 2 hrs 15 mins
Tekapo Wanaka 2hrs 50 mins
Tekapo Christchurch 3 hrs 10 mins
Tekapo Queenstown 3 hrs 25 mins

Want to know where the best places to eat are in Tekapo?

Check these options out…
Kohan Restaurant
Astro Cafe
Run77 Cafe
Reflections Restaurant
Pepes Pizza and Pasta


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