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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.

Thank JohnMP9967JP
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...

Thank hellogc
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

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 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 26 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...

Thank Mybincs
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...

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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: ₹ 1,792 - ₹ 4,989 (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”
 of 5 bubbles hellogc, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Choose rooms on the right side of the hostel for a better view.”
 of 5 bubbles LORDZORPHIAAA, 25 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms inside the hotel”
 of 5 bubbles Amazinria, 10 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Splendid views and great value for money”
 of 5 bubbles V2C, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Need to book ahead as was full every night I was there.”
 of 5 bubbles Mechanogirl, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
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