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YHA Lake Tekapo

3 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Located right on the Lake Tekapo lakefront with unobstructed views to the mountains beyond, YHA Lake Tekapo has million-dollar views!

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Lake Tekapo Hostel

Hostel Lake Tekapo

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

The million-dollar view from this Hostel will add a whole new meaning to your trip. Located right on the lakefront, with unobstructed views to the mountains beyond. A large cosy lounge with a log fire in winter overlooks the lake and is the ultimate place for watching the incredible shades of blue of this glacier fed lake. There is no bank or ATM (cash point) in Tekapo., For your enjoyment our Hostel has a piano, a guitar, a DVD player and free DVD's, games and puzzles galore.

Qualmark has ranked this hostel as a 3 star plus.
YHA New Zealand is a non-profit membership organisation. Show your YHA / Hostelling International membership card when checking in or join YHA on arrival and receive at least a 10% discount off the standard (displayed) rate. Visit our website to learn about membership and the ways you can experience local communities and the environment through YHA NZ.


Prices are non-member prices

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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • TV room


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Charges Apply
  • Internet Cafe Distance - Less than 500 m

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - At Reception
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 09:00 to 19:00
From 14:00 to 19:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 64-3-680-6857

Fax. 64-3-680-6965

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Mt John Observatory Stargazing Tours (5 to 10km)
  • Church of The Good Shepherd (1 to 2km)
  • Tekapo Springs Pools & Spa (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



The location is right on the front of Lake Tekapo! Everything in Tekapo is close together so the location is fab. Views from inside the hostel are also incredible!


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Sat 17 Dec 2016

Hi Alasdair, Many thanks for the review, awesome that you enjoyed as much as we love working here with the views and location of the hostel. Safe travels, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

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Lake Tekapo,

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Inside female shower room has a note stated that if the hot water not function, then must to turn on BOTH shower for 1 minute??? This is waste water, please fix the hot water issue instead of writing a note...


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Fri 02 Dec 2016

Hi Jocelyn, Many thanks for taking the time to review. Unfortunately with the building being over 50 years old, the system is not fixable. The hot water does not run out but if unused for a long period of time this note is a suggestion to help get a quick fix especially if staff are not around. Going forward with any developments these issues will be sorted out. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your travels

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Lake Tekapo,

Sun 04 Dec 2016

This YHA is with great view, and the kitchen is clean. They offer the hair-dryer for free. However, the piano is pretty old. In sum up, this is a wonderful place to be here.


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Sun 23 Oct 2016

Hi Yu-Mei, Thanks for taking your time to review the hostel. Wonderful to hear you enjoyed everything. The piano is very old but is still used and enjoyed everyday by all guests! Safe travels, Billy Kerr, Hostel manager

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Lake Tekapo,

Tue 25 Oct 2016

The place is a little bit small but the location is great and staff are excellent!


Avatar for Thatchanan


Fri 30 Sep 2016

Hi Thatchanan, Many thanks for taking your time to review the hostel. We are a small hostel but believe that brings the homely and cosy feel that many guests enjoy. Glad you had a great stay. Best wishes, Billy Kerr, Hostel Manager

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Lake Tekapo,

Sun 02 Oct 2016

This is probably the best-located and the best-situated hostel I have ever been to during over 30 years of travelling experience; the staff members were helpful and friendly; the room was nice and clean with a view to the lake


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Juan Carlos,

Sun 31 Jul 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Nearest bus stop is 200m from the hostel
Alternate Transport
300m from City Centre At or near hostel
Parking is available at or near the hostel

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted


  • Energy saving lights
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Renewable energy
  • Green energy supplies


  • Working with local community


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Fairtrade food served
  • Local and seasonal food


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in toilet
  • Water-wise garden

Sustainability labels

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