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4.0 of 5 Resort   |   State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Auckland
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45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Our group of 12 stayed here for just the one night - would loved to have stayed longer. Our units were small but clean and comforable, and had the most wonderful views over Lake Tekapo. Also right in the middle of the village. Right from check in, our hosts were so friendly

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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65 hotel reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed here one night, on way from Queenstown to Christchurch. Bright sunshine and we got a corner room on first floor overlooking lake. Big main room with kitchen, separate double bedroom, plus another room with single bed, plus excellent bathroom. Also a verandah for evening drinks and watching the stars. We managed to get our washing done in the launderette. Having arrived at lunchtime, we spent the afternoon doing the lake walk and climb to the observatory. Fabulous views from the top looking across to Mount Cook. Breakfast next door was fine. Definite recommendation to stay here, if only for the amazing views.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I stayed in the penthouse with four other friends. Main living area was very big and comfortably fitted all five of us. Didn't have the best view of the lake but it was still good. Service was good and was right next to the town supermarket.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We were met by one of the owners who was very friendly. We had a room which faced towards the lake and had its own private decking area. The room was spacious, very clean with a large comfortable double bed. There was a sofa, ironing board & iron, micro, fridge with a few basic items i.e. plates, bowls, glasses cutlery. You are supplied with a limited free supply of wi-fi which was enough for me to check my facebook and send messages home. The bathroom was not the most luxurious but clean and had a small walk in shower, sink and toilet. There was a bath but no plug which was disappointing, as I would love to have had a bath as I get fed up with showers. There are plenty of local bars, cafes and resturants. The location is great for local walks and the Church of Good Shepherd is worth a visit. We had a chinese takeaway with a locally purchased bottle of New Zealand wine which we sat and ate on our decking overlooking the lake and watching the most amazing sunsets. The portions of food are the largest I have ever had, we purchased 3 dishes but could have easily only have ordered 2 dishes and still have food left over. Would loved to have stayed longer but had a schedule to stick to. Would visit again if ever in the area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in a first floor studio overlooking the lake. Views terrific from balcony. Could not fault apartment for cleanliness, but relative to some motels in New Zealand Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort's Studios lack facilities, such as only a coat stand with coat hangers - no wardrobe! No sink for washing any dishes, and cooking equipment had to be requested. Wi Fi hardly lasted for setting up period before requiring paid top up. This was the most expensive motel we have stayed in on South Island and without its spectacular location, and convenience to local shops and restaurants - Pepe's Pizzas are great- I would be marking down more than 3 Stars!!

Stayed February 2013
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Don Y, Owner at Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay.
I am pleased that you enjoyed the views from your room, and appreciated the great job our cleaning staff do.
Your comment about our lack of a wardrobe or better clothes storage reflects a deficiency in our faclities that we hope to address when we replace the storage unit / benchtop, scheduled for the coming winter. We deliberately try to avoid cluttering our rooms with excessive furniture.
Our studios are equipped with tea-making facilities only, toasters and sufficient crockery etc for breakfasts and take-away consumption, usually sufficient for the one night stay of the majority of our guests. Our family units have kitchen facilities if more cooking options are required. I will review our website room descriptions to ensure this is clearly communicated.
Our Wi-fi policy is to provide our guests with free access to basic emailing and reservation capability. We are aware that the 50Mb we offer may be quickly used up if there are accummulated updates, or automatic downloads scheduled, but our top-ups are very reasonably priced, and intended not to be profitable, but to transfer costs to users rather than all guests. We intend to review our allocations to ensure they are realistic.
I am pleased that you enjoyed the great restaurant options our village has to offer, and hope that you consider re-visiting our area; our winter vistas are also spectacular.
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New Delhi, India
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed two nights at the motel but wish we had stayed more. It has a great view of the lake and a private balcony for each of the rooms. The owners are very helpful and willing to make one's stay as comfortable. There is no kitchen facility but one does not need that with so many restaurants around. The location is perfect and great for walks along the lake side. Must visit the Church of Good Shepherd around 3 kms, 5-0 mins drive. We did go to the observatory as well which is a good steep walk if one likes to take that or by road there is an option as well.

Room Tip: Rooms at the first floor are have better views of the lake.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Bourne, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My wife and i spent 2 nights at this resort in December 2012 on our way back to Christchurch. We found the owner/manager Don and his wife extremely helpful and friendly, and the room was excellent and very comfortable.The view from our room over the lake was spectacular and the weather was just right.We enjoyed our night up Mt John observatory gazing at the stars-the event can be bought on-line so book there to avoid disappointment in the tourist season. We booked for the 2nd night, but the first nights sky was clear so we were allowed to move our visit and take the first nights trip,which we appreciated. There are plenty of places to eat and the variety is good. The Church of the good Shepherd is well worth the visit, Mt Cook is also easily reached and we would not hesitate to recommend a stop over at this resort.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Address: State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Free Parking Spa
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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