Church of the Good Shepherd at night, Lake Tekapo

Get up close at night with our region’s most celebrated icon.

Situated amongst a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps, this little cobblestone church is deservingly one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

This short walking tour takes you on a journey of the Aoraki-Mackenzie region, our Southern Skies, tātai arorangi (Māori astronomy) and allows you exclusive access within the Church of the Good Shepherd grounds at night to get that special photograph.

This tour is hosted by our experienced team of astronomy guides and astrophotographers. Guests will receive a digital photograph of their travel group in front of the charming Church, in addition to our astrophotographer’s favourite image of the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo on that night. 

Earth & Sky is proud to partner with the Church of the Good Shepherd for this tour with funds contributing to the ongoing preservation of the Church.

What to Wear

We recommend wearing warm clothing at all times of the year.  Please bring comfortable walking shoes.

What about the Moon?

You might want to check how much Moon will be visible during your Church of the Good Shepherd tour at Lake Tekapo. During a Full Moon the fainter stars and Milky Way are washed out. At other times, a partial Moon will affect the sky less, and look amazing through the telescopes! If there is no Moon up during your tour the sky will be at its darkest, with the most detail visible in the Milky Way.