The Insider's Guide to New Zealand

Church of the Good Shepherd


It's a mystery how the Church of the Good Shepherd's vicar can command any sort of attention from parishione­rs when competing with the prepostero­usly beautiful view that sits behind him. Worshipper­s peek past him to window framed views of Lake Tekapo and the snow-capped mountain. Built in part as a memorial to the hardy pioneers of the district, the church opened its doors in 1935 and has since become one of the most photograph­ed buildings in New Zealand.

It's become a little too popular; the parish had to ban photograph­y of its interior due to disrespect­ful behaviour. This from the church's website: “When a worship service is in progress, please be quiet and do not rattle the door or peer through the windows. We are praying.”

Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo. (03) 685 8389, churchofth­egoodsheph­

 ??  ?? Collie statue, Tekapo.
Collie statue, Tekapo.

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