Last Updated: 6th Nov 2023


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Tekapo Lagoon Loop

Tekapo, Canterbury

Submitted by Laura Richards

Last Updated: 6th Nov 2023


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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.6%


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Park on Lilybank Rd at the Regional Park Carpark (on the right-hand side).

Find the information sign (with map) and start off straight down the main 4WD track through the forest.

When you come to a fork in the road take the top right-hand track and head northeast. You are aiming to hit the top/north boundary of the forested area where you will find a stile crossing the fence leading to the start of the lagoon track.

Once you have found the stile, cross over and begin the lagoon loop track. There is another information sign at this point so it is pretty clear where to go – enjoy!

Smaller loop on the way leads to a 'Frog Rock' feature, which kids might enjoy.

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Large carpark on Lilybank Road.

2 km

3 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone

No water source on route, except for the lagoon (but unsure if you would want to drink this!).

Can be very windy and weather can be changeable.

It can be quite windy along track, make sure to take warm clothes. There are also many rabbit holes to watch out for.

Greedy Cow
16 Rapuwai Lane, Lake Tekapo 7945
Delicious post run coffee!

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Cool little loop. Did it as part of the race tekapo 50k and the trail was really runnable. Very open and a nice tekapo hit out other than Mount John.

Gregory Bassam

September 17, 2023

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