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“Luxury by the Lake” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Peppers Bluewater Resort

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Peppers Bluewater Resort
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Christchurch
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Luxury by the Lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2009

It is hard not to gush about this hotel and actually Tekapo in general, both a top experience. I have stayed here once before and both times found it a pleasure - modern with a real contemporary style, warm (including heated bathroom tiled floors and digitally controlled room heating) and the lakeview rooms and restaurant have a spectacular view. Note non lakeview rooms just look into the carpark so do pay extra if this will disapoint you - the lake is across the road though so not far to walk for the real view. Breakfast was excellent with fresh croissants just out of the oven.
Lake Tekapo township has alot to offer for such a small place - highly recommend "Pepes" restaurant, was very cosy with a fire going and the pizza and chocolate sundaes were delicious. Would also recommend the hot pools (Alpine Springs) - there are three large pools which are tiered on the hillside so they all have lake views. We went at night so couldn't see the view but it was lit up beautifully and was incredibly relaxing - the changerooms felt heated which was much needed as it was about 2 degrees. It also had a day spa, ice skating rink and snow park where you can go tubing. We didnt get time to see it but there is a large observatory on the top of the hill with a cafe that does day and night tours of the stars - apparently this is amazing as Tekapo has such good night visibility. I would recommend all visit Tekapo, I felt sad to leave!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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37 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2009

We booked it without any expectations and because there was a great last minute deal on the hotel. We loved how new the hotel looked and we got great service and recommendation from the reception staff. For a small amount, we were upgraded to a 3rd floor lake view corner unit with a balcony, which made star gazing at night a beautiful experience. The units are stand alone and each unit is accessible by stairs. But they carpeted the entire stairwell in each stand alone villa, which scored many brownie points with me (even though we had to lug our luggage all the way up to the 3rd storey). The unit also came with a huge bath tub and a heated bathroom (very important for us since the weather was chilly and started to snow while we were there). The location wasn't as good as the hostels / motels right next to Lake Tekapo but then again the mouth of Lake Tekapo isn't very big so it's not like you miss out much lakefront living (in any event it takes only about 5 mins to walk from Peppers to the lake). If you are looking out for a romantic experience, ask for the 3rd floor lake view units - the upgrade fee is absolutely worth it. Plus the view of Lake Tekapo with the milky baby blue water is unparallelled (for us). Till today, my other half and I still talk about the magical experience we had at Peppers + Tekapo.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank h00ked0ntravel
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New Zealand
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114 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2009

We stayed here for the weekend for a work meeting. The rooms are comfortable and were warm even though it was snowing outside!!! The resort is very new. The resort is very close to the hot pools that are one of the top attractions in Lake Tekapo. We ate at the resort and the food was tasty with attentive staff who were efficent without being pushy. I would recommend this resort to people staying at Lake Tekapo. There are no on-site activities and a gym or pool or spa pool would really improve this place.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nikola180
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2009

We overnighted here on the way back to Christchurch from Queenstown and really had no expectations about this place or the town overall. What a pleasant surprise we got when we were able to go in and get a fantastic room rate with dinner and breakfast thrown in and then go to our room and see that it was relatively new, modern and tastefully done. I foolishly opened all the windows as it had been a warm day only to find the room full of mosquitoes after returning from dinner - as reception later confirmed it is better to use the airconditioning rather than opening the windows at night! Dinner was also surprisingly very good as was breakfast. The peace and tranquility of the place was totally enhanced by the breathtaking views of the mountains and the lakes. Could easily have stayed here another night or two.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank snoopsnme
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NSW Australia
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67 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2009

We loved this place and it was particularly magic during sunset and early morning looking out over the mountains. Only downside was the $50 pre-authorisation that was taken off my credit card, the toilet paper, worst ever and the lack of soap in bathroom and the fact that I had to jump through hoops to get linen for the sofa bed that I booked and then I had to make the sofa bed myself. These issues were raised with the resort when I requested my $50 to be credited back. They advise that in the future this problem will not occur, so I hope that is the case. They also advise that if you need extra things, towels, soap or anything all you have to do is ask. This did put a damper on the stay, but the resort itself is fantastic. Didn't eat in the restaurant, but the chinese restaurant in town had fabulous food. Hope this helps.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank iamsuey
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Brighton
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54 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2009

We stayed as two couples in a 2-bedroom apartment, and got an excellent late booking rate. The space of the living area, quality of the decor and whole ambience were outstanding. These more than made up for an odd layout. The second bedroom was designed so that it could be occupied independently. This meant it had its own ensuite and an enormous fridge, but no space to put clothes, or indeed swing a cat. As another reviewer pointed out, because the apartment could be two separate units, the internal doors locked automatically. We solved this easily with two of the ornamental rocks from outside the front door. The rest of the apartment more than made up for these oddities. Unlike another reviewer, we had no problem with reception, indeed they went out of their way to be helpful. We cooked our own food in the extremely well equipped kitchen, so that we can’t comment on the restaurant.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Westwinds3
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Thailand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2009

We stayed in a studio room with a nice view of the lake. The room was big with modern furniture, comfortable bed, flat screen TV and a DVD. The bathroom is of good size with lovely floor heating and a big tub. Do not be fooled by the outside of the hotel, inside is a very nice and modern style hotel.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Peppers Bluewater Resort
Address: State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Peppers Bluewater Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking out to the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers architectural design reflective of the surrounding Mackenzie Basin landscape combined with exceptional facilities and services. Accommodation includes stylish studios, one, two and three bedroom luxury villas where the outdoors is portrayed indoors through a refreshing colour palette of turquoise-blue, red and beige. Each room features STD/ISD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and complimentary grooming items. Simply unwind and breathe in the serene atmosphere of Peppers Bluewater Resort. Relax amongst the cosy sofa at Rakinui Lounge while enjoying a warming drink or light snack and for breakfast and dinner Rakinui Restaurant serves a diverse selection of international standard cuisine and favoured local delights accompanied with a breathtaking view across Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo provides excellent kayaking and rainbow and brown trout fishing, while the old village is steeped in mythology and rich High Country history. Tekapo is Maori for night sleeping place, and the lake itself boasts the clearest, darkest and most spectacular night sky in Aotearoa, ideal for a tramp up Mount John followed by a romantic twilight picnic. Thrill seekers are sure to cover more terrain by mountain biking or horse riding before revitalising body and soul in the nearby Alpine Springs Health Spa and Hot Pool. The Round Hill Ski Field and Winter Park are also a short drive from Peppers Bluewater Resort offering skiing, ice hockey, ice skating, even curling! Peppers Bluewater Resort is the perfect destination for relaxed weekend escapes or as a relished retreat after a hectic day of exploration. ... more   less 
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