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Lake Tekapo Cottages
3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   12 Sealy Street | PO Box 133, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand   |  
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Worth the price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the potting shed. Its the smallest of the cottages. I thought it was cute and nice to stay somewhere different. Close to town. Clean. Friendly owners. Beautiful gardens. Worth $95 a night!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed in Rowan for 1 night. Cute cottage, place is clean but some parts need a face lift.
We have 4 ppl but main house got only 1 double bed and 1 single. The children refused to sleep in the other 2 single beds in the small separated barn as they find it spooky, so we have to squeeze in.

Room got chilly at night (even in Dec) and the portable heater doesn't help at all.

Excellent point is its proximity to the lake and Church of Shepherd.

Value for its price but there may be other better choices.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Jamestown
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stayed at the Lake Tekapo Cottages in Decemberm 2013 and enjoyed our stay. The cottages are nicely furnished and appear to have been recently remodelled. Steve, the owner, is very helpful and even loaned us a flashlight to use when we went to the Observatory for the night tour. The cottages are located about 500 meters from the Village (such as it is) and is in a beautiful setting.

We would stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We stayed there for a night during a two day trip to lake Tekapo. We checked in at around 3pm, the owners were very friendly and they also allowed us to view the cottage before we decided whether we want it or now. Since there were 3 of us, we stayed at Rowan cottage for the night, it was quite a nice little cottage with everything required. It was also very nice how there is a car park space just outside the cottage and I feel the location couldn't be better. The cottage was only about a hundred meters away from the good shepherd church and 5 mins walk away from town.
It was overall a very nice stay and the pricing wasn't too bad at $175 per night for three people.

Room Tip: Ask to view the cottage avaliable before deciding whether to stay or not ( if you don't book in...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at the O Neill cottage and i have to say it was beautiful. It had wonderful decor in and the cutlery and cooking utensils etc were great quality makes such a difference when cooking and eating. The place was quiet with your own private drive and a veranda to sit on and enjoy the sun set. Not quite a lake view but close and just 2 mins out of town by car. Really enjoyed the cottage and would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

On arrival at the property at around 8:30pm with an internet booking my husband and I were told that they have double-booked and there was no cottage available. We were then offered a 3-bedroom holiday rental house a few minutes' drive away into town with no view of the Lake at all. The host then had the temerity to tell us that we won't be charged extra for having the whole house and the outdoor spa to ourselves. We paid AUD$125 (NZ$160) for the night even though we only used one room and had no interest in the spa! We had to chase a number of very large flies out of the house before settling in for the night and there was no soap or body wash provided either.
Maybe this will serve as a warning to other travelers to check and confirm your internet booking to avoid inconvenience and disappointment.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We stayed there for one night on our way to Millbroke Resort at Arrowtown. We checked in quite late, 6ish, and the owner was superb friendly. We got checked in to the honeymoon suite and it was awesome. Sky was clear and we saw the Milky Way when we looked up - it's quite amazing when you can simply look up and see the Milky Way. We made our own dinner there and everything is okay.

Location is perfect and shephard chapel is just 100 meters away!!!

I'm still on my way to get used to the price here in New Zealand, we paid NZD170 for one night and I felt like it's a bit over priced, comparing to all my cottage stay in Europe. I'm not sure if Apr is a prime season, and if that's the case, the price is okay.

Room Tip: We had the honeymoon suite and it was very nice!!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lake Tekapo Cottages
Address: 12 Sealy Street | PO Box 133, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Tekapo Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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