I stayed here on my way from Christchurch (approximately 2.5 hour drive) to Queenstown (approximately 3 hour drive) and because Lake Tekapo is reputed to have wonderful star-filled night skies.
This motel is well located in town (actually, it is a very small town) just behind a row of buildings with cafes, restaurants and a convenience store. It also has an unblocked view of the lake. The only thing between the lake and the motel is a field.
Unfortunatately many units face the car park squarely, the one we were allocated being one of them. Thus, although one does have a view of the lake sideways, sitting on the balcony while cars and people went through the parking area was not extremely pleasant. It was fortunate that we had chosen a 2nd floor unit as it would have been worse on the ground floor with the car park right at one's window level. If possible, one should try to get the corner room with the unblocked lake view and much more privacy.
The unit itself was spotlessly clean. We had one master bedroom and there was another room which the children shared that had pull out beds and their own television set. They were happy with that.
There is a dining table and a small kitchenette with the usual amenities where we cooked our pasta dinner.
From the motel it is a 10 minute drive up to Mt John where one can visit the Observatory. There is a small cafe and souvenior shop and views of the surrounding mountain ranges including Mt Cook as well as the town itself.
We played golf at the Mackenzie Golf Club. Although it had very nice views it is not well maintained as it is looked after by volunteers.
The advantage of staying at this motel is that we could hop down to the Church of the Good Shepherd and lake front later in the evening avoiding the hordes of visitors.
Unfortunately despite staying up late and popping out to look for stars almost every hour, I didn't see any that night.
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