Tourists are ruining wedding days in Tekapo by pushing their way in to the famous Church of the Good Shepherd during services, all in the name of a good holiday snap.
Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith told RNZ some of the tourists know no limits, verbally abusing those using the church - even when funerals are on.
"I've heard that a couple of weddings had been cancelled at the church because no-one will give people a bit of privacy."
The Mackenzie District Council is now taking steps to limit access to the church when weddings and church services are being held.
The council has applied for $290,000 in funding from the Government to build a rock wall around the church, RNZ reports, and to move the parking area to a ten minute walk away. It's hoped a decision can be made within the coming weeks.
A temporary fence will be erected in the interim.