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YHA Lake Tekapo

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Decided to splurge on a private room for myself, it was small, cozy and warm. Best part of the room was the amazing views it offered! The lounge was a place where you could really spend hours in. The large window panels showing the lake and snow capped mountains simply made you wish your time didn't end here.

Thank Valerie L
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

HI Valerie, Many thanks for the great review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and that you made time to enjoy the amazing and wonderful views from the hostel lounge. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

The view from the living room is just spectacular...location is perfect short walk to village and shops or hot pools and start of walking track to mount John. Clean and comfortable. Helpful staff. Good wifi

Thank Hannah W
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi Hannah, Thanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed the hostel and you are right the location and view is spectacular. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A really good quality hostel. Perfectly clean with an excellently equipped kitchen. The garden and view of the lake at the back is amazing! The staff were really nice and helpful. A five minute walk to the shops and restaurants.

Thank Esther O
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi Esther, Thanks for taking your time to review us and we are delighted to hear that everything was great for you. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Reviewed 25 August 2016

The view was spectacular but there was a general odd scent around the kitchen and dining area which was where our room was unfortunately situated. This also meant we had very little privacy every time we opened our door. Toilets were clean, there are 2 toilet and 2 shower cubicles. Hair dryers are provided. Beds were clean and surprisingly comfortable....

YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi Lordzorphiaaa, Thanks for taking the time to review and I am glad to hear we were clean and comfortable for you. Just like to address a couple of the points you have made. Lay out of rooms around kitchen can obviously bring a few issues, we constantly are working to manage any of these that arise and make as...

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing in every way , the view , the other guests , Richard on reception and Billy the manager , the cleanliness the kitchen set up the great showers the comfortable bed. Beware the not so good choice of cafes in the evening though , cook your own food is a great option . Next time I come here I...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Great friendly staff. Was nice enough to even teach my friend how to ride a bike! YHA has an amazing view through the common area. The quality of the bikes are very good. Would recommend hiring for 2 hours at least. Definitely recommend a casual ride.

Thank whitecomet07
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi, That's awesome to hear, all of our staff love to help our guests. Hope your friend enjoyed the bike ride! It is a great way to see Tekapo. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Richmond, Virginia
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

So this is a review specifically of room 4, a double, that I was given during winter in New Zealand. This room is probably pretty good in summer with a great view of the lake. Unfortunately this room leaves a lot to be desired in winter: 1. It's outside. You have to walk out on the deck to get to...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Dear Mybincs I'm sorry to hear of your unpleasant stay with us in room four and we do appreciate your feedback. I would like to address a couple of points. We'll take a look at the heater as it is one that should be able to reach up to 50 degrees (celsius) and has been used during several winters and...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Three of us on the way to the Brass Monkey Motorycle rally stayed in a 6 bed dorm room and had a great stay. Everything we wanted, great helpful staff and warm comfortable room. Across the way from the village ment the location is great. Will happily stay again and recommend to others, Thanks for a brilliant stay.

Thank Craig N
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi Craig, Delighted to hear your comments and thank you for trying out YHA. hope you get to use more YHAs around New Zealand and we welcome you back to Tekapo next time. Hope the motorcycle rally was a great weekend for you. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

I stayed in a 4 bed shared room, the room is nice and convenient, each bed got their own reading light. And everyone can control the main light in the room. Plenty of power plugs on the wall! Clean bedsheets and warm room! The lounge is nice and comfortable. Sight is perfect just at the lake side. In a shared...

Thank Bing D
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi Bing D, Thank you for your great review of the hostel. Great to hear that the experience that you had in the hostel was of a great standard and that we had everything you needed and expected to make your stay even more enjoyable. Best wishes, Billy Kerr Hostel Manager

Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

+ central location, near to earth and sky office + friendly, helpful staff + good communal lounge with fireplace + free wifi - not enough showers - little character - no coffee or tea - 7 bed dorm is a little crowded- 7th bed is squeezed right by the door so lots of disturbance when people come in and out...

Thank Becki S
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi Becki S, Thanks for the feedback, we love to hear what our guests think about our hostel. Glad that you enjoyed the common areas especially the fireplace keeping a warm and cozy lounge for everybody. We are a very small hostel and we encourage guests to be respectful when moving around the hostel. Guests love our "home away from...

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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 

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
Price Range: €41 - €48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — YHA Lake Tekapo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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“room away from common room and kitchen is better, though the hotel is quiet in the evening”
hellogc, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Choose rooms on the right side of the hostel for a better view.”
LORDZORPHIAAA, 25 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms inside the hotel”
Amazinria, 10 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Splendid views and great value for money”
V2C, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Need to book ahead as was full every night I was there.”
Mechanogirl, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
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