Lake Tekapo – Upkeep of the Church of the Good Shepherd
The Church of the Good Shepherd has seen increasing impacts from the influx of tourists visiting Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie district in recent years. TEC is working with the Church to assist with enhancement of the experience for visitors, car-parking and other related issues.
While infrastructure amenity funding has been made available to provide new toilet facilities on the west side of the Tekapo footbridge, there are costs involved in maintaining the church and enhancing the experience itself that are currently being borne by the local parish (the Mackenzie Cooperating Church). TEC encourages coach operators, rental vehicle and inbound companies that visit or promote the Church of the Good Shepherd, to make a donation to help cover the costs of maintaining the Church and experience. You can find information on how to donate here. In addition, drivers and guides can also encourage their customers to make a donation either using the website or using the onsite donations box on the side of the Church.
Many thanks for recognising that we need to honour and assist this unique New Zealand icon so that it remains a beautiful and respected Church and attraction by all visitors to Tekapo.