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Tekapo Tiki Tour, Canterbury

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Tekapo Tiki TourBeginner

Submitted by Gracie Keown

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands


1:35 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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Dogs are allowed ON LEASH.

Run along Tekapo River, away from the church on Pioneer Drive and cross SH8. Here you will see the entrance to Cowans Hill Walkway. Follow the well marked trail, beginning along Tekapo River, cruising through a short forest segment, onto a 4WD track that goes uphill to give stunning views of the lake.

After enjoying the view and open tussock grasslands, the walkway takes you downhill to SH8. Run along with the highway on your right for a short distance before crossing and entering Lake Tekapo Regional Park.

Once in the regional park, turn right and follow Cox's track. Continue around the edge of the park, always choosing the track which keeps you near the fenced park edge on your right. The trails are well marked, shaded, bidirectional and shared with mountain bikes. Eventually you will reach the northern tip of the park where there is a fire exit. Do not exit the park yet, continue on the green and white marked trails until you reach the second fire exit. Take this exit, cross Lilybank road and you'll be back on the foreshore of Lake Tekapo.

Turn left and find the final trail which runs along the foreshore, past the motorhome camp, along the edge of SH8, onto Pioneer Drive and past the Sheepdog Memorial to finish at the church. 

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Features of interest

Run past iconic features of Tekapo - the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Memorial.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Start at the carpark on Pioneer Drive next to the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    Carpark on Pioneer Drive near the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    1 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    No drinking water available


    Rabbit holes

  • Post run indulgence

    Our Dog Friday
    5 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo 7999
    Epic burgers post-run

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