Lake Tekapo Regional Park lies on the eastern shore of Lake Tekapo against a backdrop of the Two Thumb Range. Vested as a soil conservation reserve, Environment Canterbury took stewardship of the 165-hectare park in 1989. Covered in conifer trees the park has beautiful views from the walking, cycling and running tracks. You can even try cross-country skiiing here in winter. The park can be accessed by car from Lilybank Road or by foot or bicycle from the Lake Tekapo township along the lake edge or from Cowans Hill. Download the brochure below for more detailed instructions. There is a 2-hectare enclosed dog park but outside of this, dogs must be under effective control at all times. No barbecues are provided but visitors are welcome to bring their own, provided they are gas only and used in areas clear of vegetation. Light no fires. Dial 111 immediately if you see smoke or flames.
Shared use mountain biking and walking tracks -24kms of shared use tracks. Graded easiest, easy and intermediate for mountain bikes.
Dog park – A 2 hectare fully-fenced enclosure.
Picnic areas – Two areas with picnic tables and plenty of other spaces with shade, shelter and water.
Public toilet & Car parking area
Mountain biking/ walking – 24kms of shared use tracks (refer map below)
Cross country skiing – cross country skiing during winter
Orienteering – Stop in at the Tekapo Information Centre for details on the local club and a copy of the course map.
Swimming and boating
– There are shallow areas at the lake’s edge for swimmers. Speed restriction zones apply for recreational boaties
Disc golf – Nine hole disc golf course
The Lake Tekapo Recreational Park Incorporated is a society set up to work alongside Environment Canterbury to assist in the development of the Lake Tekapo Regional Park to provide recreation opportunities while still allowing for soil conservation, which is the reserve’s underlying purpose. Its main ongoing function is to care for the park and help to preserve and develop it for both locals and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.