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Church of the Good Shepherd

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Address: Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
Phone Number: +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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Service on Sunday

Tourists flock here for a photo-op and selfie. If you visit on a Sunday, they do a mass as well. It is very photogenic.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't go there if you want to see a beautiful church next to the lake, because you don't see a thing because it is invaded by tourists..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tourists flock here for a photo-op and selfie. If you visit on a Sunday, they do a mass as well. It is very photogenic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We parked and went for a late afternoon stroll around the lake near the village shops. Ended up walking over the new pedestrian bridge to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Was a beautiful spring day, lupins flowering, sun shining. Church is very lovely, very Scottish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't miss this tiny church. Sitting on the lake it is a lovely church with a good history. Don't miss it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small church on the lake front which is still in use today. Magic backdrop, lots of flowers on the shore depending on the time of year, get in early before the buses arrive, think about others and do not stand in front of the church if you are doing nothing, let others get their photos. Rabbits around, hunting dog... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church is still active and is used on Sunday. When we arrived a congregation was inside so we did not see the interior of the church. The church is right beside the lake and the scenery was breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. A smal Church overlooking Lake Tekapo. Can be quite busy with coach loads of tourists. Still being used as a working Church and so you need to be respectful, such as not taking pictures in the building itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church is still used on Sundays both by Anglican and catholic. Very quaint and serene. Unfortunately you cannot take photos inside but through the door a photo will still show the snow capped mountains behind the alter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is located in front of the lake. Nice view and romantic place to have a wedding ceremony.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It sits on the edge of the breathtakingly blue waters of Lake Tekapo. A very small stone church. The backdrop is formed by snow clad mountains. It is a beautiful photo opportunity. Walk down besides the church for a minute and you are at the lake. The scenery is just marvellous and any amount of time you spend there will... More 

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