i loved my stay at the church house totally. as what the pictures on their website shows. unblocked views of the lake & the church. 2 rooms with a toilet, a living area & the kitchen. utensils and washing liquid was available (we cooked a meal).
very cosy place yet clean. wifi was really bad (however i was not keen on spending my time surfing the net so it was fine with me). the beds were comfortable and i enjoyed be able to view the stars on my bed. lake tekapo is absolutely beautiful and you need to stay a need to completely enjoy its beauty after the main hoard of day tourists are gone.
would definitely recommend friends and family to book church house. there are a few other apartments in beside church house that belongs to parkbrae; however, i would still recommend church house for its unblocked views.
do note that the church house is located on the top of the house (i.e. 2nd floor) and a flight of steps from your car is needed before you can get it. perhaps not suitable for people who needs walking assistance.
you can walk to the main part of lake tekapo town but we had a car and there were totally no issues for us. its like a 2min drive (3 turns and you are there).
it was expensive but it was definitely money well spent!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parkbrae Estate is so much more than a stay... it is an experience! Preferred by so many due to its unique style cottages and units (apartments), peaceful surroundings and privileged location! No doubt the spot in Tekapo! Only a stone's throw away from the stunning turquoise lake and a few steps from the Church of Good Shepherd and Collie Dog Statue, Tekapo's best known icons!! When at Parkbrae Estate, wake up to breathtaking scenery or warm up by the fire on a cold winter night... stroll through the gardens with camera in hand soaking up the morning light... sit on the balcony with a book or a glass of the finest NZ wine...wait until the stars come out in the mesmerizing night sky and make a wish... or two... Perfect for romantic getaways, family holidays, weddings, gatherings or just an excuse to treat yourself!! ... more less