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“Spectacular views, great location” 5 of 5 stars
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14 Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
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“Spectacular views, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Henkel Hut for 2 nights. The views of Lake Tekapo from the Hut were amazing. The big green grass patch just in front of the Hut, followed by the vast expanse of sapphire blue water in Lake Tekapo and then the snow-capped mountains in the distance made for a truly idyllic experience. The Hut itself was private, cosy and comfortable, with a wood fireplace and a kitchenette. Location-wise, it was about a 5 to 10-minute walk to the village where the restaurants and shops are. It was truly a gem! We could not have asked for a better place from which to enjoy Lake Tekapo and its surroundings.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We were lucky enough to get a room last minute (Feb 2014) in this super motel.
The room was lovely - really well equipped with everything you could require.The view of the lake and the flowers in the garden from the terrace was beautiful and the starry night sky really clear and truely breathtaking. Zita and her husband were very friendly and helpful and arranged a stunning (and discounted!) 'Grand Traverse' plane trip at very short notice. Would have loved to stay longer!!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

A fantastic place to stay, in a great location, the views simply amazing and Zita the host felt like family after just 5 minutes. Unit 2 was extreamly clean and priced perfectly! We will be back and can highly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Swiss German Zita was a lovely host. We had a bottom apartment style room that looked right out on the lake. There was a glass sliding door that opened up to a Terrace that overlooks the lake. You can sit there at the table and chairs and enjoy the view! Also, there's a full kitchen and free laundry down the hall from the room. You can park in the lot. It's about a 5 to 10 minute walk from downtown which you can walk along the Lakeside to get to, walking by the famous church. Also, we recommend going up Mount John to see the view of the area. It's priceless.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

It was such a treat to stay in this lovely chalet. Great hosts, lovely accommodation in unit 1 for three nights - very quiet, private, clean, and so warm and cosy. Spacious unit with everything we needed. It was the perfect place for us to unwind and relax - we loved sitting inside or outside enjoying the views of lake and mountains and it was fascinating watching the weather change around them. Stunning scenery all around and awesome night sky (no street lights in front of chalet). We highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Zita and Walter are fantastic, warm hosts. We are staying int he Henkel Hut, after one night in another unit (as Henkel not available, and that unit was lovely too). Their Swiss sensibility ensures warm units, double glazing, nice decor and well appointed units. Th
This place and W&Z deserve all the wonderful reviews. We will be back (to see the night sky as too cloudy this trip).

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Walter was not only the most friendly host we ever met, he was also the most helpful. Beautiful chalet recently refurnished, just steps away from shops and the church. Being dazzled by the Milky Way on the grass of the private garden was a highlight of our trip. Tekapo is a special place, and The Chalet is the place to stay!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Chalet Boutique Motel

Address: 14 Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
The Chalet Boutique Hotel Lake Tekapo

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