Tekapo Springs is a finalist in the South Canterbury “Tell a Friend” campaign.

Tekapo Springs is a finalist in the South Canterbury “Tell a Friend” campaign. The promotion encouraged residents of South Canterbury to promote why it is such a great place to live, work and play. The competition was fierce and a panel of judges narrowed the constants down to the top 6. Each finalist has had a professional video made that promotes their slice of heaven.

View Tekapo Springs entry here, your sure to love it!

Sheep Etiquette in New Zealand

Follow the journey of Luca an Italian tourist exploring Lake Tekapo. In this beautiful alpine village in the heart of the South Island, Luca enjoys the stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and the hospitality of the locals. What he wasn’t prepared for was the uninvited but special friendship he would establish with Lulu…….. confirming for Luca, South Canterbury is a great place to make friends!

Luca & Lulu’s adventures include the hot pools and day spa at the relaxing Tekapo Springs, star gazing at Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory “Window to the Universe”, a nights stay at the stylish Lake Tekapo Lodge and a glacial scenic flight at Air Safaris.


Snow park opens early!

The Tekapo Springs winter snow tube opened on Saturday 9 June, more than a month earlier than last year.

Managing Director Karl Burtscher said both snow tubing and ice skating will be in full swing and the winter promises to be one of the best for winter sports.

“Just a few days ago we were taking down the country’s first summer tube facility and now we are ready for the winter park fun to start. We’ve been grooming the 150 metre long slope and building up the straights, banked corners, parabolic curves and bumps to create high-adrenalin rides for every ability level.”

“The cold snap may have disrupted airlines, buses and road access for drivers, but it has meant we’ve got an early start to the winter season. Our ice rink has been open since April and the popular ice discos operate every Friday and Saturday nights, 8 – 10 pm, with great music and prizes.”

New Zealand’s first summer tube ride opens at Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs in Lake Tekapo has recently opened the country’s first summer tubing facility at the Tekapo Springs Hot Pools and Day Spa complex on the shores of Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Country. 

Riders use the winter snow tubes, but the base of the tubes are reinforced for use on the artificial matting. There is an existing Magic Carpet conveyor lift to take people quickly up to the top of the 150 metre slope.

The facility has been installed on the winter snow tube park on the lower slopes of Mount John. It uses synthetic carpet with the same slippery properties as snow, and curves, corners and slopes on the thrilling ride-on-gravity.

Cathy Hemsworth, Business Development Manager for Tekapo Springs, said summer tubing had proved so popular in Europe and North America that 500 facilities had been installed in just a few years.
“It’s become a real craze and we’re delighted to be the first in New Zealand to offer such a great summer adventure ride that’s safe for all the family.  They are incredibly popular in Europe where they’re operating in urban and rural settings,” Cathy  tells us.

“The summer tube experience will add to the roller and blade skating attractions and the three hot pools we offer, . I’m sure it’ll be a very popular combo for families here and there will be a lot of younger people who will want to tube and talk about it on their social networks.”

“Tubers get the thrills and spills of an exciting downhill ride in a safe environment, and as operators, it means we can use the same slope and conveyor lift for both winter and summer rides.”

Under The Big Sky

New Music Festival at Lake Tekapo: UNDER THE BIG SKY

A Night of Country & Blues Music at
Tekapo Spring’s and Spa in association with Port FM

The gates will open at 6 pm for a 7 pm start with Eddie Simon and
Blue Train. Aly Cook and The Coalrangers will take the stage at 8.30
Tickets are $36 and will be available from Event Finder,
Event Finder or Alpine Spring’s and spa

Tekapo Springs Lake Tekapo is hosting the inaugural high altitude
music festival UNDER THE BIG SKY at the skating rink on Saturday 3
December, featuring Aly Cook with The Coalrangers.
It was originally scheduled for March but had to be postponed after 22
February 6.3 earthquake.
It will be the first time the $7 million recreation and relaxation
complex of hot pools, day spa, snow-tube park, ice/roller rink and
licensed café will have hosted such an event.

Managing director Karl Burtscher, the driving force behind the award
wining facility, wanted to use the majestic and beautiful surroundings
as a setting for a new type of event for the Mackenzie Basin, and to
create an annual event that will bring more people to Lake Tekapo.
“We have these fantastic skies, considered amongst the clearest in the
hemisphere, and people come from all over the world to experience
the Earth & Sky Show at Mt John, and I believe people will come to
special events here as well,” Mr Burtscher said.

“The 56 metre long rink makes a great performing stage, and we have
seating for 1300 people. We’ve got fir and pine trees behind the rink,
and a view over the turquoise lake to the Two Thumb Range – where
else can people come and listen to great music in such a setting?”
The performers are all popular musicians who cover a wide range of
musical genres. Aly Cook, a Nelson-based singer/songwriter, has sung
at concerts in the UK, Europe, Australia, Norfolk Island and around
New Zealand this year. The Coalrangers have been singing for
decades, and three albums later they remain as popular as ever with
their foot tapping iconic style. Eddie Simon, originally from Canada,
has sung alongside greats such as John Denver and Dolly Parton and
has a repertoire spanning country, R&B, blues and gospel.
“We’ve got outstanding performers who will be playing almost non
stop for nearly four hours. I wanted to get really top performers to set
a standard that will bring people back next year,” Mr Burtscher said.
“There’s already interest in using the concert as a corporate event for
local businesses who can entertain clients in a new way and keep it
local,” Business Development Manager Cathy Hemsworth said.
“It’s a good time of the year to offer an event like this and a new
opportunity for businesses to entertain, and to support a local
“We hope that people from out of the region will come for the weekend
and enjoy the hot pools and day spa as well as the concert. Lake
Tekapo is a great destination with good accommodation and heaps to
do. That’s why we want to encourage people here through events like

The gates will open at 6 pm for a 7 pm start.
Tickets are $36 and will be available from Event Finder,
Event Finder or Tekapo Spring’s and Spa

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Tourism awards go to Tekapo

The Promotions group wishes to congratulate Peppers Bluewater Resort for winning the Aoraki Business & Development, Hospitality & Tourism award on Friday evening for the ‘Classic Accommodation Experience’ and Earth & Sky who were the winners of the “Visitor Attraction’ award.

This is so great to have this on the back of Alpine Springs & Spa winning the Supreme award last year – keep it up Tekapo !!

We are heading in the right direction for this small community and have so much to be proud of.