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Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Cosy and warm”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We arrived at Lake Tekapu in horrendous weather, and it only got worse. Luckily, Tailor-made was very warm and cosy, courtesy of the log fire and the heaters in the rooms. Therefore staying in for the evening was more of a pleasure than a shame! Large kitchen with appropriate facilities, rooms were all single beds not bunks, very quiet overnight. Extremely friendly staff who were willing to go out of their way to help us. Only downside was the low power of the shower, which took a long time to warm up. It was also a fair walk from town (although this may have just felt quite long due to the terrible weather!).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thanks for your review. I am glad we kept you warm during the bad weather. And we have good news, we installed a pump to increase water pressure, so next time you come, we hope you'll have a satisfying shower. Thanks again.
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Figeac, France
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I stayed 2 nights at Tailor. The hostel is quite nice, with log fire in the lounge. Kitchen is big enough with free tea and coffee. Staff is friendly and helpful. Place is quiet and beds are comfortable, you'll have a good night of sleep in this hostel. Internet is affordable, $5 for 24H connexion, not too bad and fast enough!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Hi Alex, Thank you for taking time to review our hostel. It means a lot to us that you appreciated the things our hostel had to offer. We are very proud of our amazing staff, their friendliness is genuine, that is who they are! They will be delighted to hear what you wrote about them. Thanks
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Lissewege, Belgium
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

nice hostel but a bit noisy and busy. however it is very well located not far from centre and lake tekapo and a nice garden with a hammoc . Here we have seen the most beautiful stars in the milky way, awesome. We did also the Mt john walkway, recommended walk.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Hi Erwin, Thank you for your comments. January is our busiest month and it does get busy. Thankfully, the garden and the long daylight may mitigate some of the activities going on. The wooden structure of our hostel makes it harder to noise-proof our building so we encourage consideration after 10 pm. We obviously failed in your case and we apologize. Hopefully, your good memories of Lake Tekapo and our hammock will prevail. Thank you.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

We didn't make any bookings so we just arrived asking for the room. Straight away you felt welcome by the owners. They showed us rooms and we stayed in double with bath which was 80$. Room was clean and bed was really comfortable. They have parking for cars so no need to leave car on the street. Cozy lounge room with fire place. Laundry room for 2$. Internet 5$for 24h.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to give such positive feedback. It really means a lot to us and motivates us in what we love doing. We like it that at this time of year (May), you can walk in and have a choice of rooms. Thank you.
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We spent one night @ Tailor-Made Tekapo backpackers. We didn't book in advance and were lucky to find room for the two of us (just before New Year Day, everything was packed in Tekapo!). And it was just like home, in fact... We were in a 4 single bed room and yeah, it was almost like going back when we were sharing a room between brothers/sisters. Nice mattresses, nice room, space for everyone (but no bunk beds, yay!), lovely flowery linen, cute curtains, so different from the other backpackers we went to! Everything was clean and well maintained, garden was gorgeous and staff very helpful.
Would love to go back and spend a few days there, enjoying the place and the lake.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Oh, thank you! It is very special that you still remember the room, 5 months after you stayed there. Even when it is busy we do try to keep a few beds for travellers who like to be spontaneous, so I am glad we had a couple of beds for you.
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I booked a single room which turned out to be a private twin. Nice sized rooms although the beds were a bit soft for my liking. Room also had a good sized storage area and space to hang things up.

Bedroom, toilets, showers and communal areas were generally kept very clean.

Well kept gardens were enjoyable to relax in too and the hostel is just a couple of minutes walk down to the village centre and lake.

Overall a great place to spend a few days.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you very much for your balanced review. We always try and update our beds as soon as we feel they are not up to standard, but unfortunately we cannot get it right for everyone all the time. Thank you for understanding that. Tekapo is experiencing an especially beautiful autumn with the colours in the village set off against the snow in the background. We hope to see you back again soon!
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

My travelling companion and I stayed at the Tailor Made in Tekapo for one night on our journey across South Island. We have stayed in motels, hotels and hostels across both north and south islands and this was the best hostel by far. It was definitely the cleanest - I am a proper fuss pot my friend less so - and I actually enjoyed my stay. Friendly and approachable 'can do' staff. Rooms clean and comfy - lots of choice spread across the site - cabins, dorms, ensuite, twins etc. the communal areas were clean, warm and well stocked. Did not notice any issues with the showers as others have mentioned. Would happily stay here again. Short walk to the heart of the village (5 mins tops) and 24 hour reliable wifi was available for $5 (April 13).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Wilmav_13, Owner at Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such lovely comments. I will pass on your compliments to our staff and get them a box of chocolate today because we are equally grateful for their dedication and your comments will let them know that their work is appreciated. Thank you.
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Property: Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel
Address: Lake Tekapo Village | 11 Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a quiet corner of the village and set in a beautiful garden, we are only 300 metres from the bus-stop and the Village shops. Lake Tekapo is half-way between Christchurch and Queenstown/Wanaka (all less than 3 hours away) and we are only just over one hour from Aoraki / Mt Cook. ... more   less 
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