Overlooking the ever-changing never-boring always-gorgeous startlingly blue waters of Lake Tekapo, this hostel has stolen my heart. I have spent days just sitting behind the huge windows of its lounge, clutching a cup of tea and marveling at the view.
The million-dollar view from this hostel will add a whole new meaning to your trip! Great rooms and a homely environment are awaiting you! YHA Lake Tekapo is located right on the lakefront with unobstructed views to the mountains beyond. A large cosy lounge with a log fire in winter overlooks the lake and is the ultimate place for watching the incredible shades of blue of this glacier fed lake.
Experience a variety of walks, fishing, and scenic flights around Mt Cook and glaciers. Play squash and golf, or have a go at ice-skating or cross-country & downhill skiing. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or take a tour of the Southern Hemisphere by night. Stargazing tours depart from close to the hostel.
Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are available all day to help with your activity bookings or onward accommodation.
YHA New Zealand is a non-profit membership organisation.
Free 1GB WIFI per day for members valid with stay
Reception hours: 8:30am - 7:30pm.
To cancel any bookings a NZ$5.00 cancellation fee applies per transaction. For cancellations made before 6pm the day before arrival - full refund. For cancellations made after 6pm the day before arrival - no refund for the first night. Cancellations on bookings made on the day of arrival will receive no refund for the first night, normal cancellation policy applies for subsequent nights. If you do not advise the Hostel the non-arrival clause applies.
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This hostel has the best location and view from anywhere else I found in Lake Tekapo, let alone any where else I have ever been before! And the view from inside the lounge is picturesque! It was nice to just sit down in one of the lounges by the fire and read a book and look out the window.
Unfortunately were given a double room instead of the twin room that we had booked online, so i would call and confirm your room configuration with the hostel if you book online! Oh and our room was right outside the mens bathrooms - which smelt horrible! (and that was from outside the bathroom and in our room!) They also have a tv in the kitchen area (and nearly all the rooms are accessed off the kitchen area) and these guys we out there watching the tv at full volume and laughing so loud till late in the morning when everyone else in the hostel was trying to sleep. That was not fun, especially when we had to get up early to drive 8 hours to our next stop! There was internet access available but by the time we went to buy the internet time from reception, they had left for the day, so i would recommend getting it on arrival. The receptionist was very helpful and refunded the difference of price when i realised they had given us a double instead of the twin beds.
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Overlooking the ever-changing never-boring always-gorgeous startlingly blue waters of Lake Tekapo, this hostel has stolen my heart. I have spent days just sitting behind the huge windows of its lounge, clutching a cup of tea and marveling at the view. It's the perfect place to relax and come back to yourself after a mad rush of travelling from place to place.
The rooms and kitchen are very decent (the rooms have heaters, which are welcome during the coldest winter nights), and the other facilities which used to be merely adequate back in 2004/2005 (such as the showers) have been improved to being quite decent...
Back in 2008 I wrote: "The dining room saw the addition of a TV back in 2005, which definitely removed some of the charm of the place (it used to be completely TV-free) - but still, the thing is usually turned off, and at least it's not placed in the lounge, so I shan't complain too much." Now, in 2013, the TV has moved to the lounge, and is frequently destroying the atmosphere in that lounge. We hates it!
Still, when the TV is turned off (or you've hidden the remote control) the place does keep capturing my heart, and otherwise the people interested in conversation will be hiding out in the dining area. Also, did I mention the view yet?
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