The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Experience the scenic surroundings of Lake Tekapo by visiting The Church of the Good Shepherd, one of New Zealand's most famous and photographed churches. Dating back to the 1930s, the church sits on the shore of the lake and commemorates the pioneers of Mackenzie County. Recognizable by its unassuming yet charming design, the church blends with its natural surroundings and only locally available materials were used during its construction. Once inside, take in impressive views of the lake through the windows--deliberately left without stained glass for this very purpose. The church welcomes visitors and worshipers throughout the year. Plan my trip to Lake Tekapo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The first day we went, it was raining...so we just went straight to our motel. The next day, it was closed due to a ritual event. So we just took pictures outside...however, the view was so beautiful!  more »
  • ... in a stunning location. The only church I have ever seen with picture windows forming the back wall of the altar right enough. Even more beautiful seen in context from the other side of the...  more »
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  • One of the beautiful and colourful place I’ve been to. Lavender fields and amazingly turquoise colored lake. Beautiful bridge and sunset. It was drizzling when I went, but a rainbow appeared and I got a rare shot of the lake with the rainbow. Can be quite cold due to the breeze and weather.
  • Classic church!! Very nice kowhai of very colours - pink, purple, light blue and so on all on the river banks. There is a arch bridge along the high way. Mountain ranges at back drop with lake between. Fantastic place to take photos. Nice!!!!
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