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Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.

Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.


Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. The church at Lake Tekapo was designed by Christchurch architect R.S.D. Harman, based on sketches by a local artist, Esther Hope. The church is one of the most photographed in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames views of the lake and mountains

Close to the Church of the Good Shepherd is a well-known bronze statue of a New Zealand Collie sheepdog. The statue was commissioned by Mackenzie Country residents in recognition of the indispensable role of the sheepdog in their livelihoods. The sculptor was Innes Elliott of Kaikoura, with a dog called Haig, belonging to a neighbour, being the model. Elliott reported the sculpting process took approximately fifteen months. Clay for the model came from the insulator works in Temuka, with a plaster cast of it made and sent to London in 1966, where the statue was cast.

Lake Tekapo has become a mecca for photography as one of the most instagrammed places on the planet and the clearest starlit sky in the world. Along with the natural beauty all around there are so many activities on offer from watersports, skiing, hiking, biking, fishing or you might like to relax at Lake Tekapo springs. Mount Cook is an 80km drive.




Star Dream Manor is near the shore of Lake Tekapo, setting in a 4 acres beautiful garden , with over 180 degree uninterrupted views of the lake and the surrounding majestic mountains. The garden & grounds is directly across the road from the famous Collie Dog Statue and a stone’s throw from the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.

If you have come to Lake Tekapo for star gazing or to enjoy the surroundings, Star Dream Manor is the best  location you want and special treat to stay in.

Whether you are a family, a couple or a group of friends, the lake front location of Star Dream Manor will take your breath away

Star Dream Manor is the largest private continuous ground at lakefront and only a few minutes’ walk to the village, restaurants ,supermarket and lakefront amenities. The Cairns golf course and Tekapo Spring are just 15-20  minutes walk away

Main House


Free Resident Car Parking

Free High Speed Internet

Free Wifi Access

Well Equipped Kitchen

Laundry Facilities

Outdoor Living and Entertaining

BBQ &Wood Fire Place

Business Services  

Events Facilities  

Tea & coffee Making Facilities  

Indoor Swimming Pool

Iron & ironing board

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