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Church of the Good Shepherd

Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
+64 3-685 8389
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The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains. The Church of the Good Shepherd was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. "Somehow the setting and the church combine to speak of God to those who enter and pause in the midst of their busy lives." - Peter Hurricks NO PHOTOS INSIDE Please do not use cameras, cellphones or tablets inside the church so that others may enjoy as is a place of prayer and reflection. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR WASTE There are no toilet or rubbish collection facilities in the area around the church so we kindly ask that visitors remove their waste and respect the natural environment around the church.
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Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
+64 3-685 8389
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Reviewed April 29, 2017

Hard to get a good snap of the Church at daytime, busloads of tourists come in each hour. However a beautiful spot to see with a great backdrop, can get some excellent night sky shots from there as well!

Thank bullettrainadwik
Reviewed April 29, 2017

Sorry, but this lovely spot has been totally spoilt by too many tourists, in particular those who feel the need to take multiple selfies of themselves and everyone else in their tour party from all angles, making it impossible for anyone else to get a...More

Thank KevinAM45
Reviewed April 28, 2017

Visited having been there a few times since I was 20 ish. Won't say how long ago that was. Never changes a great location picturesque etc. Probably would not be built in this day and age so must be treasured. Were there early in the...More

Thank 120851Bwc
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

There would have been 60 photographers there when I visited at sunset. It's so popular that it's hard to describe exactly why!! Yes, you will get great photos of this church but you won't be alone at any time of day!!

Thank Annie C
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

Wow what a great find. Beautiful setting. A must visit. Just sit and admire the church on the lake..

Thank Pete H
Reviewed April 27, 2017

This place is crawling with tourists but don't let that distract you from the shear beauty. With a little luck and ALOT of patience you can eventually get a picture of the Church and the Beautiful surroundings with out a huge crowd of people in...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Well maintain church Full with people. Refreshing air with the lake view. Panorama view of the church.

Thank Gan J
Reviewed April 26, 2017

This Church is very tiny and quaint but well worth a visit. Just sit there and worship the view - so calm and peaceful and thank God for His Creation.

Thank female-tourist
Reviewed April 26, 2017

The trick here is to arrive before the coaches full of selfie snappers! Then you can sense the peace and calm and understand why someone felt moved to build a chapel here

Thank CaravannersDandK
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Clever choice of material, reasonable size for the place, most importantly, great location. It's a shame that we just saw the church from outside.

Thank tectonix5
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March 27, 2017|
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Response from old_romantics_2000 | Reviewed this property |
have been twice both times in early Feb just after the kids have gone back to school. The sites aren't as full and the weather is still very warm and sunny.
Jorlyn L
March 15, 2017|
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Response from Alister1960 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know. It is a working church and so there should be a website or the New Zealand tourist board should be able to assist.
December 6, 2016|
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Response from Brenda S | Reviewed this property |
On the 24th Dec 11pm on the 25th 11am