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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Lake Tekapo?

You should plan to spend around $77 (NZ$126) per day on your vacation in Lake Tekapo. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $13 (NZ$22) on meals
  • $122 (NZ$199) on hotels

A one week trip to Lake Tekapo for two people costs, on average, $1,083 (NZ$1,770). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Lake Tekapo cost?

A one week trip to Lake Tekapo usually costs around $542 (NZ$885) for one person and $1,083 (NZ$1,770) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lake Tekapo on average costs around $1,083 (NZ$1,770) for one person and $2,167 (NZ$3,540) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Lake Tekapo will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lake Tekapo on average costs around $2,322 (NZ$3,793) for one person and $4,643 (NZ$7,585) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Lake Tekapo has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Lake Tekapo expensive to visit?

Lake Tekapo is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in New Zealand, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Lake Tekapo is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Lake Tekapo.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Lake Tekapo Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Lake Tekapo?

The average Lake Tekapo trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Lake Tekapo travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NZ$199 ($122)
Food 2 NZ$22 ($13)
Accommodation Budget in Lake Tekapo
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lake Tekapo is $61 (NZ$99). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lake Tekapo is $122 (NZ$199). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Lake Tekapo

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Lake Tekapo based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $163. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Food Budget in Lake Tekapo
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Lake Tekapo can vary, the average cost of food in Lake Tekapo is $13 (NZ$22) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lake Tekapo should cost around $5.28 (NZ$8.62) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lake Tekapo is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Water Budget in Lake Tekapo
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  • On average, people spend $3.10 (NZ$5.07) on bottled water in Lake Tekapo per day. The public water in Lake Tekapo is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Lake Tekapo on a Budget
Lake Tekapo Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Tekapo is a lakeside town on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is part of the Mackenzie District of Canterbury. This is one of the bluest lakes in the country and is surrounded by the mighty mountains of the Southern Alps.
The first thing to see is quite obviously the lake, which is hard to miss. It appears turquoise and sits below the beautiful alps in the background. There are many trails around the lake with great views as well as accommodations and campsites.

The Church of the Good Shepard sits on the shores of the lake, and services are regularly held there. It is a quaint little stone chapel that was built in 1935 in memoriam of the Mackenzie Country pioneers.
Lake Tekapo is about one hundred kilometers east of Mount Cook National Park, where you can find beautiful hikes and places to camp. Lake Pukaki runs almost parallel to Lake Tekapo and is another lake known for its astounding turquoise color. The two largest cities close to Lake Tekapo are Dunedin, which is about four hours south, and Christchurch, which is about three hours east. Of course, there are also many small towns nearby as well like Twizel, Timaru, and Wanaka.

For those looking to go hiking around Lake Tekapo, Tekapo High Country Trek is a great company that offers a three day guided hike through the Southern Alps with stunning views of the lake throughout the trek. If you are there in the winter (which is, of course, the summertime in the Northern Hemisphere), you can go skiing at Roundhill or Mt. Dobson. Although a bit further away, you can also ski at Fox Peak and Ohau Ski Field.

Seeing Lake Tekapo and surrounding lakes and mountains from above is an incredible experience. Tekapo Helicopters and Air Safaris Scenic Flights are two companies that offer great air tours. For those looking for a different kind of thrill from 12,000 feet (or more) above ground, you can skydive in Tekapo.

Tekapo and the surrounding areas have been named some of the best places in the Southern Hemisphere to stargaze at night, as there is little to no light pollution. Earth & Sky Star Gazing is a great company to contact for more information on this as well as nighttime observatory tours. For the clearest skies, it is best to avoid a full moon.

Tekapo Springs is another great activity; there are three hot pools with different temperatures. There are also spa services here too including massages, facials, and nail care.
Food and Dining
Traditionally, seafood, lamb, and other types of meat are favorites among Kiwi's (that is a slang term for someone from New Zealand). Apart from the actual food itself is the way that the Kiwi's dine, which is as relaxed and laid back as possible, and you will notice is the general attitude throughout the country.

If you find yourself at the Mount John Observatory during your stargazing endeavors, there is a great cafe on site to eat at. The Observatory is south of Tekapo Village. There are many different options for the type of cuisine you are looking for in Tekapo. Kohan Japanese Restaurant, Thai Tekapo, and Jade Palace Chinese Restaurant are just a couple places to go if you are looking for international flavors. However, there are also many places where you can find classic New Zealand food too. Tekapo Tavern, McKenzie's Restaurant and Bar, and Rakinui Restaurant are all great places to try while visiting Tekapo.

As mentioned above, Tekapo is just three hours from Christchurch, and four hours from Dunedin. It is easily accessible via highway 8 if you plan on renting a car while in New Zealand. Highway 8 is the most popular tourist route in New Zealand so it is likely that you will find yourself driving along it during your travels on the South Island.

If you don't plan on renting a car, there are other options of ways to get to Tekapo. Minibuses and coaches are probably the best options. Some companies that can offer transportation services are Atomic Shuttles, Great Sights, Intercity Newman's, Wanaka Connexions, Cook Connection, and Southern Link Coaches.

Once in the town of Tekapo, walking is probably the best option. The town isn't too big, so it is possible to walk from where the bus drops you off to your accommodation. A lot of accommodations (hotels/hostels) can set you up on hiking trips, which usually includes transportation. You can always call a taxi if your destination is too far for walking.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.