Tekapo Military Training Area is a field training, firing and manoeuvre area for South Island-based units of the New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Air Force and foreign militaries. The 1700 ha of undulating terrain sits 800-1100m above sea level and includes some ecologically sensitive and protected natural areas.
Tekapo Military Training Area remains an important site for initial field training, battle handling exercises and preparation for deployment to operations.
Plans for the Tekapo training area include training area communications, due to begin in 2017 and completed around 2019.
From around 2023, extensions to light vehicle tracks, range developments and upgrades to camp communications are planned and earmarked for completion in 2025.
In-camp accommodation and messing facilities will also be improved.