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Parkhead Motel
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We paid $125 a night for a really comfy contained unit, with double bed and a single, satellite TV, small kitchenette, two reclining chairs and a small patio with amazing views of the lake and mountains. We dragged the chairs out onto the deck and indulged ourselves in the vista for hours. Sure, the bathroom was dated, the shower wasn't the best, but this is $125, for 2 people, it's stunning value. The walls were thin, we were lucky that next door were very quiet.

Room Tip: If you can, there are two cabins nearest the road where the views would be uniterupted
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

My husband and I stayed here and the outside of the building was not that impressive but the town was busy and we needed a room. The rooms were spacious and clean and very practical. It is right across the road from Lake Tekapo so the views are amazing.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night. As we were only passing through Tekapo we were after a budget pick. The units looked a bit disconcerting from the outside - kind of like transportables or older cabins from a caravan park - and the decor and fixtures are dated, but the room was very spacious, warm, and provided an excellent view of the lake and surrounding mountains. The bathroom is basic; didn't use the kitchenette facilities but it appeared to have all the basics for a couple days' stay.

If this is in your price point and are you aware that you're not getting top luxury, then it would be a good selection for 1 or 2 nights.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

Had experience with both studios, which basically quite similar except the shower at studio 4 ran out of hot water faster than the other. (Not sure why). However, the studio unit does offer breathtaking views to the lake. It is spacious plus comfortable, and also located near to the Church of Good Shepard & the Dog statue.
Kitchen comes with basic amenities. Good enough to prepare simple food.
Overall good experience and value for money kind of stay at Lake Tekapo.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Perth
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We ended up at Lake Tekapo by accident due to a road closure at Haast Pass, so didn't have much time to look into accommodation. We checked out the Godley Hotel first - eek. Looked at two rooms, and both had a weird smell, and were really old and small. Was a bit lost then found Park Head. Although a bit dated, the room (unit 4) was spacious, with a lovely view across to the lake. The bed was comfortable, and there was a heater and electric blankets. Basic facilities, more than adequate for our one night stay. It's not right on the main strip, but it's close to the attractions (the church and the dog), and just a minute or so drive to the main "town" (could easily walk). The big disappointment was that the hot water lasted all of about 1 minute in the shower, and went from hot to cold almost immediately. Not fun. Plus as we were in a hurry we didn't have time to wait and let the hot water come back. Just wish the manager/owner had warned us so I could have been more prepared. For this reason I wouldn't recommend it for a stay or more than 1 night.

Room Tip: Unit 4 has a nice view - but they probably all do - except the one at the back?
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Lovely unit with 3bdrms, 2 bathrooms large lounge and spacious kitchen. The views are simply breathtaking as this motel is just over the road from the lake. Very central to Tekapo township, historic chapel, rock formation and is great for a family. Very relaxing and peaceful.
Would stay again.

Suzanne

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

Stayed in November in studio unit 4.Couple with a 3-yr old.Although apprehensive after reading some negative reviews,booked because of the great views mentioned and we were certainly not disappointed.Waking up to fantastic views of Lake Tekapo and watching it turn colour to a brilliant turquoise when the sun comes up is a memory to cherish.The unit was quite spacious and the kitchenette was more than adequate for a one night stay.The cutlery looked brand new.There was lots of space in the studio for all our luggage.The room was sufficiently warm,electric blankets provided.The proprieter Siimin,although a man of not too many words,was helpful enough.Wifi is not free but we had out data-microsim for our i-pad and did not require wifi.No hair dryer though but I had my own.Its a couple of minutes walk to the sheepdog memorial and the Church of Good Shepherd and a 5 minute drive to the town centre with restaurants and shops.Compared to neighbouring properties charging exorbitant prices,Parkhead is a real value place for the view that it affords.If I visit Lake Tekapo again,wouldn't hesitate a minute to stay at Parkhead Motel again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Parkhead Motel
Address: 10 Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9

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