The resort is located beautifully on a hill, overlooking the lake, close to the village center. It consists of a series of small buildings with nicely decorated, modern rooms. There’s a common entrance leading to 2 rooms, so you might need to share. Definitely ask for a room with a lake-view!
The room we were in was very small, but good enough for a couple of days (comfortable bed, well functioning heating system, nice shower). There is a possibility to make some coffee and tea in the room, but they don’t replenish nor make up the room every day (not sure if they should, as on the second day around 4:30 pm 2 guys appeared at our door asking if we needed some service...), so if you are a heavy coffee or tea drinker, bring your own supplies or use one of the restaurants in the village (or the hotel restaurant). Also, for some reason the staff always leaves the “common” door open – what the waste of energy in winter!
The breakfast, which you can pre-book the day before (recommend) at the special price of 22$ (otherwise 25$) is really good. On the first morning of our stay, it was a buffet-style breakfast (as there were many guests staying in the hotel) and on the second morning we got to choose anything from an extensive list on top of the continental selection (toast, cheese, jam, yoghurt, fruits).
There are a few restaurants and cafes in the village (in case you don’t want to dine in the hotel’s fancy restaurant), but some of them close really early. Still there are a few options for dinner including Western (=burgers) and Asian (Thai, Japanese). Also, there’s a small supermarket, if you just want a snack or some fruits. If you look for free WiFi, visit the village (there it’s enough just to buy a drink to get the password), in the resort it is pretty expensive.
In case you need to wash your clothes before the next stop, they have a small laundry in the resort. They even supply the washing powder.
The staff is friendly and attentive. The only “remark” I have is about the doors being left open. In winter it’s really unwise.
While staying in the area, climb on the Mt John, it’s an amazing route! Also, visit the Tekapo Springs. Their hot tabs are something you should not miss on your trip. Not to mention Mount Cook, which is just 1 hour drive away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking out to the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers architectural design reflective of the surrounding Mackenzie Basin landscape combined with exceptional facilities and services. Accommodation includes stylish studios, one, two and three bedroom luxury villas where the outdoors is portrayed indoors through a refreshing colour palette of turquoise-blue, red and beige. Each room features STD/ISD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and complimentary grooming items. Simply unwind and breathe in the serene atmosphere of Peppers Bluewater Resort. Relax amongst the cosy sofa at Rakinui Lounge while enjoying a warming drink or light snack and for breakfast and dinner Rakinui Restaurant serves a diverse selection of international standard cuisine and favoured local delights accompanied with a breathtaking view across Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo provides excellent kayaking and rainbow and brown trout fishing, while the old village is steeped in mythology and rich High Country history. Tekapo is Maori for night sleeping place, and the lake itself boasts the clearest, darkest and most spectacular night sky in Aotearoa, ideal for a tramp up Mount John followed by a romantic twilight picnic. Thrill seekers are sure to cover more terrain by mountain biking or horse riding before revitalising body and soul in the nearby Alpine Springs Health Spa and Hot Pool. The Round Hill Ski Field and Winter Park are also a short drive from Peppers Bluewater Resort offering skiing, ice hockey, ice skating, even curling! Peppers Bluewater Resort is the perfect destination for relaxed weekend escapes or as a relished retreat after a hectic day of exploration. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peppers Bluewater Hotel Lake Tekapo
- Hotel Peppers Bluewater