We reached Lake Tekapo on a brilliant day in December. Clear day - 22 degrees.
The location of the hotel is awesome, and lake tekapo is a must see!! The unit in Mantra was great, and the manager was also quite accommodating and helped fit in our child in the best manner possible, without raising a fuss.
however, as in the whole of the South Island, there is no aircon (or fan) in the units. The windows in the bedroom and the living areas were in the direct path of the sun, and it became extremely hot and unpleasant in the unit.
Couldn't really sleep till about 2am, when it eventually became bearable in the rooms! Not ideal if you're on a long trip and have to head out early the next morning!!
Per the manager, this apparently happens on 10 days in the year at Lake Tekapo, and we just managed to be there on one of those days!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the rugged alpine heart of the South Island's Mackenzie Country, just a stone's throw from the shores of a shimmering turquoise lake, nestled amid snow capped mountains, Mantra Lake Tekapo offers the perfect haven for a weekend away or and extended stay. Mantra Lake Tekapo offers 28 spacious apartments each featuring three large bedrooms, two luxury bathrooms with heated floors, a spacious open plan living and dining area with a gas fireplace and French doors opening to a private courtyard. Cook up a meal in the fully appointed kitchen featuring granite bench tops and quality appliances. Stay warm and dry with you own private garage with internal access and full laundry. At Mantra Lake Tekapo you can choose to relax by the pool, spa and a paved BBQ relaxation area with an outdoor fireplace or enjoy a bottle of one of New Zealand's award-winning local wines on your apartment's private terrace. With world-class trout fishing, horse riding, scenic flights and two local ski fields all within easy reach there is plenty to see and do. Mantra Lake Tekapo is a perfect base from which to explore the unspoiled beauty of Lake Tekapo. Additional Information: Unfortunately we are unable to allow pets onsite at Mantra Lake Tekapo. ... more less
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