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Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd was built in memory of the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. The foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Gloucester on 16 Jan 1935 and the church was completed eight months later.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located on the Lake front on a penisular of land jutting into Lake Teakapo. The view of the chapel from outside the church is cold.

The view from the large window behind the altar provides a spectualar view of Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook. The cross add a touch of art to this portrait.

The church welcomes tourist and visitor from 9 am to 5 pm except during church services and weddings.


There is a beautiful field of lupins in purple, lilac, pink and blue along the shore of Lake Tekapo and outside the Church of Good Shepherd. They are blooming very well in summer and could be found in South Island.

Sheep Dog

"This monument was erected by the runholders of the Mackenzie County and those who also appreciate the value of the collie dog, without the help of which the grazing of this mountain county would be impossible."

Unveiled on March 7th 1968 by Sir Arthur C.B. Porritt, Governor General of New Zealand. "Beannachdan air na Cu Cacrach."

  • Last visit to Lake Tekapo: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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