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“Good option for those on a budget”
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YHA Lake Tekapo
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Clean with good communal areas and kitchen, bit of a weird urinal smell throughout the hostel when we were there. Mattress was comfortable and linen was clean. The one window in our room (5) opened into the hallway which wasn't ideal, but a giant skylight on the ceiling helped with some natural light.

Good budget option for travellers in Tekapo. Beautiful view!

Room Tip: Room 5 doesn't have a window opening to the outside.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

The Manager was excellent in operating the hostel. He gave us a better room accommodation wtihout extra charge. Ther view from the YHA hostel was excellent. Kitchen is very clean and well-organized. Lounge is clean and well-organized. Beddings are clean.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

This was a very decent place to stay. Excellent location if you're lugging a heavy bag on and off a coach-bus, right next to where bus stops and also right on the lake. The people that work here are honest and helpful. At first I thought I was going to freeze to death in the night but then realized the heating wasn't on (after I pulled off the thing that said not to take it off) after that it was great, had a good night sleep (but always a must with backpackers, BRING EARPLUGS). The female toilets had cobwebs on windows. But other than that everything was good and up to standard and nice colourful interiors. Cheap bike hire of good quality bikes. If you're not member you have to pay for internet.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

Stunning view of the lake from the common area. Fantastic amenities and outdoor area. Wifi at a price. Mountain bikes for hire for cheap. The common room kitchen closes from 1030-12pm which is rather inconvenient, but otherwise a great hostel.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

For me YHA Lake Tekapo was the best of all the YHA hostels I stayed in during my trip.
The double room was lovely. The bathrooms and the kitchen were very clean and well equipped. From the common room you have an amazing view towards to lake through huge windows.
The village's centre is very close, too. There are a few restaurants, shops and a small supermarket. The owner was very friendly.
I definitely want to stay here again when I come back to New Zealand next year.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

This was my first trip to YHA lodge during my 1 week New Zealand's trip, so I really didn't know what to expect. It was at a great location, you can enjoy Lake Tekapo's view from the common room and even walk straight to the Lake from the lodge. The view was heavenly! The room was fine and the kitchen was fully equipped with cooking tools and pans, had no problem finding any. All in all, it's a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

I reckon YHA Lake Tekapo being the best YHA I've ever stayed in Aotearoa. The location was perfect, a minute from Naked Bus stop, right in front of the lake and easy to hike to Mt John Observatory. Money cannot buy the view I bet!
Even staying there for only 1 night but I really enjoyed it. I had memorable talks to the other backpackers who stayed there at the same time. We also walked together to the church to observe the sky and the stars.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about YHA Lake Tekapo

Address: 3 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Lake Tekapo
Price Range: £35 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — YHA Lake Tekapo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right on the lakefront with unobstructed views to the mountains beyond, the million-dollar view from the YHA Lake Tekapo backpacker hostel is of the incredible shades of blue of this glacier fed lake in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. The hostels large lounge area directly overlooks the lake and is a comfortable and cosy retreat. Relax in front of the roaring log fire with the friendly hostel cat on your lap. ... more   less 
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