Lake Tekapo Cottages
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Lake Tekapo Cottages

12 Sealy Street PO Box 133, Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
Really is a Potting Shed
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2nd floor entrance to cottage
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#2 of 3 cottages in Lake Tekapo
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, German, Thai
Property amenities
Free parking
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hiking
Horseback riding
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Tennis court offsite
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Room features
Air conditioning
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

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12 Sealy Street PO Box 133, Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
151Reviews2Q+A18Room tips

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Sue H wrote a review Nov 2020
Sydney, Aust3,824 contributions295 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Accommodation in Lake Tekapo can be expensive. We thought the Lake Tekapo Cottages were good value for money. Location was great, short walk to the Good Shepherd church, Lake Tekapo and the township. Retro style (original) fit out inside the cottage. Plenty of nik nak things in the living area, it felt like someone lives there normally and they literally gave up their house for the night so we could sleep there. I don't know if all of the cottages are like this or how to distinguish the cottage we stayed in from any of the others, other than ours sat way at the back of the property. If you want reasonable price accommodation and its only for one or two nights, Lake Tekapo Cottages are good value.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kaz O wrote a review Jan 2020
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Owners had moved us from what we had booked ! So, had no full kitchen & no laundry. On arrival, told we were in the "Honeymoon Cottage"! Well, so outdated. Advert says modern furnishings, wrong. Had blown light in kitchenette, blinds not long enough to cover bathroom window, Need blockout curtains, not old thin ones. Smelly old wooden wardrobe with someones old slippers left inside. Dangerous broken exposed wiring on bedside lamp. Good luck trying to get a Warm Shower...its either Hot or Cold. This is over-priced accommodation. One plus was after speaking to owner & informing him of our unhappy situation, he refunded us $281.00 for one night of our 2 nite stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Travelove58 wrote a review Feb 2020
15,433 contributions595 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the East Suite, which is located upstairs - with a nice big balcony with tables & chairs for taking your dinner.

Only thing is because it is located upstairs, we had to struggle with lugging 4 big heavy luggages & other bags up the stairs & down, when leaving.

It's quite an old cottage but well maintained. Comes with modern kitchen & toilet. Rooms & hall were fine as well.

Place generally is quite clean & modern. Best part is it comes with a big aircon in the hall ( none in rooms) which helps circulate ventilation to the rooms.

This helps tremendously as we had to close all the windows at night because of huge number of moths, flies & insects trying to get in at night.

It's the same problem in other similar places that we stayed in NZ - most don't have aircon & it was very stuffy & warm to sleep with all windows closed.

This place is just a minute drive out to the Good Shepherd Church & the beautiful Lake.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tuenmong L wrote a review Dec 2022
11 contributions
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
The potting shed room is really tiny. As soon as I walked in, claustrophobia set in and immediately my partner and I realized the standard of this room wasn't what was advertised. It was so old and dirty. The room wasn't prepared when we arrived: the door lock was broken and there was dirt on the thin carpet that was hoovered up there and then with us watching the process. The furniture was tatty. A piece of shabby cloth was covering up a tiny and old two seater. I dreaded to think what was being covered underneath. The bathroom was really a cloak room if not for a 3'x3' shower cubicle added to it. The toilet was dirty that I could not make myself sit on it. There was a musty smell in the room. I'm unfortunately an asthma sufferer and can be very sensitive to smell and dust. The overall compound was messy. The garden was overgrown and untidy. Equipment was strewn here and there. It didn't project that the place was run professionally with regular maintenance and hygiene in mind. We quickly went away and luckily managed to find another place to stay with even a lake view. Overall, we lost roughly £200 for not staying the two nights in the potting shed but the condition was so bad that we couldn't make ourselves sleep there least of all wash and clean in a tiny and dirty cloakroom. (The other place we moved into was only NZ$10 more per night and is directly facing the lake. The room is installed with a new bathroom with a giant bathtub and underfloor heating. It also has a TV. What a big difference with such a small difference in price!)
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PC wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We paid $240 a night for this place. There were 4 of us. We stayed at a cottage right at the back, furthest away from reception, called Rowan cottage.
The place is very run down and in need of up keep. I will advise not to stay at this cottage during winter. They may have other cottages or units that are newer, just make sure you know which you are paying for, if possible. Otherwise, you could find better place to stay around the area for the same price. Great location, but the things is, Tekapo town is not big.
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Date of stay: December 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ken H wrote a review Feb 2023
Ipswich, United Kingdom1,078 contribution160 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Handy for Tekapo. The 'Cottage' was functional with en suite, hob, fridge, toaster etc and Stephen the owner? was very approachable. We only booked one night as we were passing through but probably wouldn't stay longer. The whole site is in serious need of investment when viewed against every other accommodation we've stayed at over the last two months touring NZ.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Charlotte wrote a review Mar 2020
Beacon, New York124 contributions23 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband (30) & (I) enjoyed our stay.

We were in the honeymoon suite which had a wonderful view of the mountains from the balcony. We enjoyed our breakfast out on the balcony. The suite had a separate kitchen/living room to the bedroom and bathroom. It was a large suite, well looked after, clean and comfortable. Check in & parking was easy.

We would recommend and would stay again.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alina V wrote a review Jun 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my husband stayed at Honeymoon Cottage for 1 night on our anniversary. Lovely cottage in retro style making it feel homely, conveniently located with beautiful view over the mountains and pine trees. Kitchenette had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable, and the suite was warm and clean. Friendly owner.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ian S wrote a review Mar 2024
Old Beach, Australia358 contributions26 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This review is only for the cottage called "The Potting Shed". I hope the other cottages are a lot better. The Potting Shed should not be advertised as tourist accommodation. It is barely suitable for emergency accommodation. There was a double light on the wall and a bedside lamp on one side of the bed. Nothing on the other side and no power point either, so you couldn't move the lamp over. There is only room for 1 suitcase on a table, meaning you couldn't use the table for its intended purpose. The other suitcase had to go on the couch so you couldn't use that either. (No floor space for the suitcases). So the only place to sit was on the very small double bed. Bit awkward for breakfast. The only sink is in the tiny bathroom, and you couldn't get the electric kettle/jug under the tap to fill it. There were 4 kitchen appliances plugged into ONE power board: toaster, kettle, fridge and microwave. This cabin, if you can call it that, was very overpriced. Also, you couldn't park your car at the door but at the end of a long path.
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Date of stay: March 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not book The Potting Shed
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greytravellerSydney wrote a review Nov 2023
Sydney, Australia29,597 contributions245 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cottages are off a quiet street and very close to the church/dog Statue and swingbridge to town.
Each cottage is individual and has mountain views. We stayed in the Tui Studio cottage which had everything we needed. Quiet location, Nice Queen bed, ensuite bathroom with awesome shower pressure, Milk,tea/coffee provided. A/C and free wifi.
Parking is directly out front. Owner very friendly and helpful.
Would highly recommend this to anyone staying in Lake Tekapo.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We stayed at the cheapest cottage and it has evrything we needed no need to pay more if available.
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PRICE RANGE
£89 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionMackenzie DistrictLake Tekapo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Tekapo Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Lake Tekapo (0.5 miles), The Church of the Good Shepherd (0.2 miles), and Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and barbeque facilities.
Which room amenities are available at Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include TLV Restaurant & Bar, The Greedy Cow Ltd, and Blue Lake Eatery & Bar.
Is Lake Tekapo Cottages located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.07 miles away from the centre of Lake Tekapo.
Are pets allowed at Lake Tekapo Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lake Tekapo Cottages?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Thai.
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