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Church of the Good Shepherd

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Address: Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
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+64 3-685 8389
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The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo...

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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An eye catching site for photographers

If you want a great angle to photograph the church drive to the opposite side of the Tekapo River and take your shot of the church with the mountains in the background. In winter... read more

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want a great angle to photograph the church drive to the opposite side of the Tekapo River and take your shot of the church with the mountains in the background. In winter you may be lucky enough to get a powdering of snow on those mountains. A summer visit is still a delight though even without the snow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were very lucky to be near this church it was only a couple of minutes from Parkhead Motel it is located in the best location right near the water. The Church is so tiny and cute. I love the colourful windows at the back. It is in lots of photos and for the whole day you were never by... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As we were staying in Lake Tekapo we were able to time our visit between the numerous tour buses that stop here and it was beautiful - not crowded.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having seen the church in many bollywood movies, I had this location on my bucket list. We arrived there early morning...so pretty much had the place to ourselves. It was bright and sunny too.. so was quite picture perfect! I can imagine the experience not being so remarkable had (1) the weather not been so good or (2) there were... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having visited here 8 years ago at the peak of Lupin flowering season (early Jan), we decided to revisit this little slice of paradise. It's still just as beautiful, but despite the posters asking people not to take pictures inside the church, many people continued to do so. I'd still visit, but try to do it early/out of season.

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful location at the lake. mornings or evenings are less busy. There is free church wifi in the carpark.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I were very luck to be able to get married at the Church of the Good Shepherd on new years eve 2016. I fell in love with this church when I was 16 and decided it was the perfect place to fly back and get married in. My family and friends flew from the States to join... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd with a coach tour. The church is quite small, so it took some time for everyone to go inside and have a look. The small church seems to be special only because it was built from local stone a long time ago and it stands all by itself at... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

awesome historic building with a beautiful setting. expect bus loads of people, but if you get there before the bus the pics will be amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A tiny stone church which attracts thousands ..Yes thousands of tourists a day ,three for four bus loads at a time.we watched Wedding photos being taken...not always weddings ,it seems visitors from Asia come prepared and have photos taken beside this historic church.

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