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Tailor-Made-Tekapo Backpackers
Lake Tekapo village | 9-11 Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand   |  
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Singapore, Singapore
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“lovely room ~”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

we had the whole room to ourselves, love comfortable bed in the room with pretty garden just right outside the window. kitchen is also big and clean with the heater to keep us warm. definely recommended!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

friendly, clean. no frills. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

This place was great, we had our own room which actually had a double and single bed in so it was huge! loads of space! We had a big window which was lovely. After seeing the other hostels in tekapo i was so glad we stayed here loved every minute of it. The kitchen is plenty big enough and clean! Didn't hear any noise at night it was so peaceful in the morning! Definately go star gazing even just lying in the hostel's garden was fab.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

No doubt I love Tekapo very much due to the amazing lake view but Tailor-Made-Tekapo Backpackers did a great job in my visit. I just can't forget how comfortable the bed was. After a long journey from North Island, I gained an extremely sweet dream in Tailor-Made. The soft and warm bed helped to release my tiredness successfully while the quite and nice atmosphere made me just like at home. I wish I could visit Tekapo again and for sure, Tailor-Made will be my choice again!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

We like this place for it cosy personal feel. Michael was very nice and helpful, and showed us to where we needed instead of just pointing us to the right direction.

The beds are fully made up, very comfortable - no bunk beds! - and very warm. Took the bed right by the window so that I could do a little star gazing as I drift off to sleep.

Unfortunately, the 4-beds shared room we chose was in the main building where the reception and the kitchen are. This means that you're awaken early in the morning by the chatter of people going about making breakfast, and the strong smell of food in your nose. Also if the people staying there happen to be less considerate, there will be a lot of door slamming as they go in and out of the building. Not too bad if you planned on an early start, but a bit torturous if you wanted to sleep in a little before checking out.

If you're taking a private ensuite room, do ask for one that's not in the main building so you can enjoy a little peace and privacy. As far as I can tell, only one private ensuite room is in the main building, and the rest are in the surrounding units.

The shared bathrooms are very clean. However, the water pressure is rather weak, and the water doesn't get really warm. I took my shower in the evening and it was quite cold. I overheard the other couple talking about how their showers were really cold when they took it in the morning. This is probably the only issue we encountered.

We used the laundry services out by the laundry hut. It cost only 2 NZD each for the washer and dryer. We did not use the kitchen, but many of the other guests did. The kitchen was cleaned in the afternoon when everyone was out, and seems to be very well maintained throughout.

There are 2 computers that you could use to get online. 1NZD for 10 minutes, which you can pay for in 1 or 2 dollar coins. You could also buy the internet access time from the reception, or pay for wifi service instead.

There is a big spacious lounge to hang out and relax in the main building. There are also games and books that you could use. We browsed through the photo albums there, which gave a very nice insight to the history of the place.

The place is only 5 minutes walk from the lake, but it can get a little dark at night so maybe carry a torch if you're walking back late. It's lovely at night to sit in the garden and do some stargazing too if it's not too cold.

Room Tip: Stay away from the main building if you want to sleep in.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hornafjorour, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Small and friendly hostel. Easy to use the kitchen, many tables and couches. Comfortable beds. Nice with the little information broschure in the room that gave a bit of history of the place, and some useful information. We didn't worry about a view from our room, as we do not see it when asleep anyway! Moreover, it is only 2min walk down to the lake! Plenty of showers and toilets.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed at Tailor-Made for one night on our way back to Christchurch. At first I was a little sad we didn't stay at the Lakefront Lodge Backpackers (not sure the cost at that one) but I really loved Tailor-Made. We had our own double ensuite bungalow with satellite TV, couch, desk, and good bathroom. The bed was a little small but not terrible. Remember to use the heating pad as it can get really cold at night!
The kitchen is great with plenty of room. You can also buy wifi for $10 for 24 hours. It's also a great place to stargaze as there is very minimal light at night.
Highly recommend Kohan (Japanese) for dinner and walking up Mt John for the amazing views.
The staff is super friendly - even though our checkout was at 10AM, we stayed until 6PM, showered in the shared facilities, used the kitchen, etc. No problems at all.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tailor-Made-Tekapo Backpackers

Address: Lake Tekapo village | 9-11 Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 12 Specialty lodging in Lake Tekapo
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Tailor-Made-Tekapo Backpackers Hotel Lake Tekapo

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