OPENING HOURS: Summer 9am – 5pm, Winter: 10am – 4pm
Sunday Afternoon, 4.00pm
Good Friday, 11.30am
Easter Sunday, 4.00pm
The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains.
The Church of the Good Shepherd was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country.
“Somehow the setting and the church combine to speak of God to those who enter and pause in the midst of their busy lives.” – Peter Hurricks
The foundation stone was laid by H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, on January 15th, 1935. The completed Church was dedicated by the Bishop of Christchurch, Dr Campbell West-Watson, on August 3rd, 1935. The Vicar of the Parish at the time was the Rev. W.E.D. Davies, and the architect, Mr R.S.D. Harman.
The builders of the Church were instructed that the site was to be left undisturbed, and that even the matagouri bushes surrounding the building were to remain. Rocks which happened to be on the wall line were not to be removed. The stones for the wall were to be procured from within a radius of five miles of the site, and were to be unchipped and in their natural condition.
The original roof was of wooden shingles, but had to be replaced with the present slates in 1957.
The cupboard in the Vestry is made of wood from the Tekapo Bridge, which was demolished in 1954.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is interdenominational and services are held regularly throughout the year.