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YHA Lake Tekapo

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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San Diego, California
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Just stayed here for a night, staff was super accommodating as we warned them we might be late, free coffee and tea is always nice, communal room was warm from the fire, internet is always great at YHAs, and the view of the lake was absolutely amazing - especially nice to drink tea too while sitting in the warm lodge....

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

Kia Ora, Awesome review. So glad you enjoyed everything that we offer on top of our amazing views from the lounge. Great to hear the feedback and will pass onto the staff. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Reviewed 25 March 2017

Ended up staying at this hostel over Christmas. The staff put on an excellent BBQ and helped to make the day special. It was a quick stroll down to the lake front which was beautiful. The rooms and bathrooms were pretty clean as well.

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

Hi There, We remember that day very well. We had an awesome day and so glad most of the guests joined in. Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay. All the best, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This hostel was ok but I was not impressed. The staff were not terribly friendly and the five bed room I stayed in was cramped with no lockers. The room also did not have an outside window and got hot. Pros were the wifi which worked very well and the large open kitchen.

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

Hi Maria, Many thanks for the review. I am sorry to hear that you found the staff not friendly during your stay, this is something that we work very hard at and normally is our highest scoring area. I will mention to staff to make sure they are still offering the best possible service that they can. Enjoy the rest...

Bentonville, Arkansas
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our stay here. The kitchen was large with a lot of space too cook and tables to eat on. The view is absolutely beautiful from the common room. We were in the five bed dorm room which was a bit tight with everyone's stuff and no lockers. Our room didn't have an outside window so it got warm during...

Thank Harpers0512
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Lake Tekapo, responded to this review

Hi, Many thanks for taking the time to review the hostel. glad you enjoyed the facilities that we provide and you cant beat our wonderful view from the lounge. It has been hot of late at nights so can be a little stuffy, will definitely be looking into these details for future planning of developing the hostel to make sure...

Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Nice little hostel, with lovely views overlooking lake Tekapo. Decent free wifi as usual with YHA hostels. Main criticisms would be that the hostel is not as close to the thermal spa like the other hostels/ accommodation around the lakefront. It was a good 10 minute walk. Otherwise, there wasn't really an atmosphere - but then it depends what you...

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

Hi Ashleigh, Thanks for reviewing the hostel and glad you enjoyed your stay. The hostel is small and cozy and tends to be popular for people just relaxing and taking in our wonderful views. Glad you found the hostel facilities great. We are around a 10 minute walk from the pools and only 1 other accommodation provider is closer. but...

Reviewed 9 February 2017

Lake Tekapo YAH 2017/01/24 Six-people room for one night Nice staff and spectacular view from the big window of the common room. The equipment in the kitchen was ok.The dining room was a little small but having meal in such beautiful surroundings was great.All in all, I love it soooo much! Sincerely Chialing Hsieh

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

Hi Chen S, Many thanks for the great review. We are a small and cozy hostel and glad you got to enjoy our amazing views and location. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 February 2017

This is the third time i have stayed at this hostel and its a great place to stay in lake tekapo with amazing views over the lake. Star gazing is amazing here with the gardens to sit out at night and look up into the sky. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen is great for preparing meals with all...

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

Hi Cookie-wirral, Awesome review. Thank you so much for all the kind words and is great to hear. Will pass onto the staff. Glad you had everything you needed to enjoy your stay and take advantage of what Tekapo has to offer. Best Wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to stay on the lake shore. Good facilities. Great staff. Friendly and casual atmosphere in the best YHA tradition. You get the feeling of belonging to Lake Tekapo in this place and being part of the community.

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

Hi There, Awesome review and great to hear the feedback. The staff work really hard to make sure you enjoy not only the hostel but Tekapo as well! Will pass comments on to them. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

Lithgow, Australia
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed one night in a tent due to their being no vacancy for a room. Only to discover that the dorms had been filled by a group of loud and drunk men on a boys trip. They were drinking, swearing and making severe racist remarks in the kitchen. Before leaving for a few hours to go into town. They then...

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

Hi Denise, Thanks for your review. Firstly I would like to apologise for the inconvenience you received during your stay. We certainly don't take drunken parties and this one manage to get through our booking system. We do provide our contact details all around the hostel encouraging guests to contact us if feeling uncomfortable or of noise problems so that...

Okinawa, Japan
Reviewed 31 October 2016

1. the most famous common room with huge windows - face to the snow mountain, the lake, the sky, the green, and the sunshine; 2. spacious and tidy kitchen - well organized and cleaned; 3. centrally located even in a small town like Tekapo, very close to coach car park; 4. twin room is small but comfortable, shared toilet is...

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

Hi Hellogc, Thank you for the amazing review. We love that view too! I will pass your comments onto the staff as they work really hard in getting the hostel ready for guests and it is great to get the awesome feedback from your stay. Thanks again. Best Wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

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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: $34 - $100 (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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