Lake Tekapo Accommodation

Cottages

All the separate, self-contained, secluded cottages are situated near the lake and the shops. There is now direct access to the village centre over a spectacular new footbridge. Our accommodation is nestled in a large garden, amidst mature trees… a rarity in Lake Tekapo. Most have a rural outlook and a degree of privacy not obtainable in a hotel or a motel. The cottages are self-contained and sleep 2-8 persons. Full linen is supplied and all the cottages have sundecks to relax on. If you are looking for older style high-country accommodation with modern amenities in the Mackenzie High Country, you have come to the right place. Free wireless internet and parking to all guests.

The Potting Shed

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The Potting Shed cottage sleeps 2. This is more of a studio/cabin layout with a double bed and a bathroom. TV, toaster and jug are supplied (no other cooking facilities). This cottage is small but warm and comfortable. It has its own private bathroom.  There are dishes supplied for takeaways or a light salad-type meal. Free wireless internet and flatscreen TV.

From $120/night for 2 persons

East Wing Cottage

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The East Wing Cottage sleeps 4. This cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 with a double bed and 1 with 2 single beds. A fully equipped kitchen, lounge with log burner, new bathroom and a large sun deck with good views of the mountains and rural scenery. It is private and comfortable. A heat pump and air-conditioning ensure a comfortable ambient temperature. Free wireless internet and flatscreen TV.

From $155/night for 2 persons,
$40 per extra person
$30 per child 5-12 years

Rowan Cottage

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The Rowan Cottage sleeps 6. This cottage has 1 bedroom with a double bed, 1 small bedroom with a single bed, and there are two sleepouts attached to the sun deck. The sleepouts are just like small bedrooms; 1 has 2 single beds, the other 1 double bed. Both sleepouts are carpeted and heated. The cottage is stand-alone, has a separate entrance, parking, and is very private. There is a small equipped kitchen, bathroom, lounge with an open fire, plus heaters. Heat pump and air-conditioning ensure a comfortable ambient temperature. Free wireless internet and flatscreen TV.

From $139/night for 2 persons,
$40 per extra person
$30 per child 5-12 years

Tui Studio Cottage

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The Tui Studio Cottage sleeps 2 persons. This cottage has a queen-size bed and is comfortable and warm with a heat pump and air-conditioning to keep you comfortable. It also has a small kitchenette. Ideal if you want somewhere to get away from it all for a couple of days without paying an arm and a leg. The cottage is stand-alone, has a separate entrance and parking. Free wireless internet and flatscreen TV.

From $155/night for 2 persons

The Honeymoon Suite

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The Honeymoon Suite sleeps 2. This is a new large 1-bedroom cottage, fully self-contained with a queen-size bed, an all new bathroom, washing facilities, kitchen, living area and large balcony overlooking rural scenes and mountain views. Comfortably furnished, the tasteful decor, privacy and the large peaceful sun deck overlooking the reserve and mountains make this cottage the ideal getaway for couples looking for that special place. A heat pump and air-conditioning ensure a comfortable ambient temperature. Free wireless internet and flatscreen TV.

From $170/night for 2 persons

The Pines

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The Pines sleeps 6. Includes 2 good-sized bedrooms, both with an en suite, queen-size beds and views, joined in the middle with a kitchen. Good sound insulation and the kitchen between the 2 units provide for peace and privacy. Well insulated and heated, the 2 units offer a comfortable stay for 1 or multiple nights. Free wireless internet and parking.

From $240/night for 4 persons
$40 per extra person

Mina Cottage

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The Mina Cottage sleeps 6. Similar to the Pines above, this cottage includes 2 good-sized bedrooms, both with an en suite, queen-size beds and views, joined in the middle with a kitchen. Good sound insulation and the kitchen between the 2 units provide for peace and privacy. Well insulated and heated, the 2 units offer a comfortable stay for 1 or multiple nights. Free wireless internet and parking.

From $240/night for 4 persons
$40 per extra person

Little Birch

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Little Birch sleeps 4. Situated in a park-like setting on a unique, quiet street, this cottage is 2-minutes walk to the church and the shops. Little Birch has 2 bedrooms, both with an en suite (two bathrooms), and joined in the middle with a beautiful new kitchen/dinning-living area. 1 bedroom has a queen-size bed, the other 2 single beds that can be joined to make a king-size bed on request. Well insulated and heated, this cosy, architecturally designed house offers a comfortable stay for 1 or multiple nights. Free wireless internet and flatscreen TV with free-to-air channels. Free safe parking.

From $190/night for 2 persons
$40 per extra person

 

Holiday Homes

We also manage a number of well-appointed and comfortable holiday homes. All the homes are fully furnished and all linen, towels, etc. are supplied.

Aorangi Holiday Home

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The Aorangi Holiday Home sleeps 8. This comfortably furnished and warm home offers 4 bedrooms, 1 king-size and 1 queen-size, plus 2 twin bedrooms. A fully equipped kitchen, open-plan dining and living area assures you of a comfortable stay. It has 2 bathrooms with 1 ensuite in the master bedroom. It also offers a huge partially covered sun deck with a well-maintained spa and lake views, a sheltered BBQ area and safe off-street parking.

The Aorangi Holiday Home is a 2-minute drive away from the office and cottages.

From $170/night for 2 persons
$40 per extra person
$30 children 5-12
Baby in cot no charge

Silver Birch Holiday Home

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The Silver Birch Holiday Home sleeps up to 7. This is a 3-bedroom family holiday home situated in a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac. There is 1 double room, a king-size room and a triple room. The large open-plan kitchen, living, dining area has modern amenities, flatscreen TV with Freeview and SKY, a DVD player, iPod dock and free unlimited WiFi. The modern kitchen boasts a dishwasher, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and lots of space to prepare great meals. The updated bathroom has a bath, separate shower and a separate toilet.

It is located a very short 2-minute walk from the Church of the Good Shepherd and 3-minute walk to the village over the Lake Tekapo footbridge. Being self-contained and stand-alone, there is plenty of parking in this secluded but handy-to-all-amenities home. Sheltered from the wind but sunny with a large sun deck, it is the perfect place for the family. Silver Birch is kept nice and warm with a heat pump/air-conditioning unit and 2 heaters for the bedrooms. There is also a nice sunny deck and grassed area for outdoor relaxing and fun!

From $170/night for 2 persons
$40 per extra person
$30 children 5-12
Free under 5
Baby in cot no charge

 

Policies

Booking Policies

Please read the information below about Lake Tekapo Cottages and how to check-in:

Check-in

  • To collect the keys to your cottage, unit or holiday home, and pay in full, please come to the Lake Tekapo Cottages office at 12 Sealy Street.
  • Our check-in office is open from 2pm–9pm. If you expect to arrive later, please call us on +64 3 680 6806 to make late check-in arrangements. If we have not been informed of your late arrival there will be a $50 late check-in fee.
  • If possible, please provide an estimated time of arrival and a New Zealand contact phone number when you make your booking.
  • If your booking is made within 12 hours of arrival, please contact the office on +64 3 680 6806 to ensure we are expecting you.

Check-out

  • Check-out is before 10am on the day of your departure.
  • Please return the key to the office or place them in the key box.

Payment

  • We accept cash (NZD), EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Additional charges

  • Guests may incur a cleaning surcharge of $50 if the home is left in an excessively untidy state. This includes evidence of pets or smoking in the house. Cigarette smoke and cooked salmon are very invasive and obvious to the cleaning staff and next guests.
  • No salmon to be cooked in any units or homes please.
  • If damage to property through carelessness is evident after your stay we will charge the cost of repair or replacement back to your credit card. Please report any damage or breakages immediately.

Late arrivals and guest numbers

  • If your expected arrival time is after 9pm, please inform us so we can make arrangements for you to collect your key.
  • A late check-in may incur a surcharge of $50 if we have not been informed prior.
  • Please inform us of additional guests prior to check-in (including all children). We will amend your tariff accordingly.

Please note: Failure to inform us of additional guests or children after you have checked in will result in a penalty charge of 200% of the additional guest rate. We also reserve the right to terminate your booking without refund.

Cleaning

  • Cleaning and linen is provided for all bookings. However, we ask that on the day of your departure that you wash, dry and put away your dishes leaving the kitchen tidy (or load and start the dishwasher if installed).
  • Please place all rubbish in bags ready for disposal.

Changes to your booking

  • Changes to your booking can be made up to 10 days before your arrival with no charge.
  • Please note that it is not always possible to change your booking to the desired date, in which case our Cancellation Policy comes into play.

Please note: Availability of changes are not guaranteed. Please call us on (03) 680 6865 to discuss possible changes.

Cancellation

  • Cancellations made more than 10 days before your arrival do not incur a cancellation fee.
  • If cancelled with less than 10 days before your arrival you will be charged in full for the first night's stay.
  • In case of a no-show, you will be charged in full for the total number of nights booked.
  • Please be advised that there is no refund during a multiple-day booking if you decide to shorten your stay after you have checked in.

Pets

  • Pets are not permitted to stay in any property.

Parties, excessive noise, disruptive behavior

  • There are private residents living nearby to every property. Please be respectful and take the noise/music inside at 10.30pm.
  • Excessive noise, disruptive behaviour or anything unlawful will be dealt with immediately and may result in you being asked to leave the house immediately.

Information and Cancellation Policy

Extra persons: $40 per person, $30 for children. The first child under 5 is free of charge. Every extra child under 5 is charged the normal children's tariff.

Booking: please stipulate a deposit payment method or provide us with your Mastercard or Visa card details when booking.

Cancellation policy: For all cancellations within 10 days of the arrival date, there will be a cancellation charge of the first booked night in full. Cancellations within 24 hours of the arrival date or a "no show" will result in a 100% cancellation charge of all nights booked.

Refunds: If you need a refund of all or part of your deposit due to a cancellation, this can be made per cheque or via internet banking. Deposits and payments made with credit cards will be refunded by an online credit through the original card processing company. A waiting period for the refund of 10 days is mandatory to avoid credit card fraud.

Breakfasts and other meals: Are available on request, cooked breakfast $22 per person. Continental breakfasts available at $18 per person. If you don't feel like cooking in the evening, let us do it for you. We can serve you what is arguably the best Thai cuisine available in New Zealand, at only $30 a head. Must be pre-booked. Ask us for further details.

Location: We are about a 3-minute walk from the lake (very close to the Church of the Good Shepherd) and about a 5-minute walk to shops and restaurants.

Washing and ironing: If you require washing to be done we can arrange this for a further $5 per drying machine. Some cottages have a washing machine and irons. Inquire before you book please.

FAQs

Are the cottages close to the lake and shops? Do they have a view of the lake?
Lake Tekapo Cottages are situated about a 2-minute walk from the Church of the Good Shepard near the lake shore, and about 3-4 minutes walk to the village shops. They have close mountain views and are very private, sheltered and quiet. We are lucky to be surrounded by older trees, some of them, close by, are more than 100 years old, probably the oldest trees in Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin.

What are the cottages like?
The Potting Shed, East Wing and Rowan are older-style accommodation, with extensive modernisations in the kitchen and bathroom areas. They are comfortable with everything you need. For more detail see the Cottages section above. The newer Honeymoon Suite, Tui and Pines cottages are more upmarket, have large sun decks and are ideal for that weekend away from it all.

Do we have to bring our own linen?
No, everything you need is here. The cottages are clean and tidy and the beds comfortable.

Do you serve meals?
Breakfasts are available on request; home-cooked breakfast are $22 per person, continental breakfasts are $18 each. We can serve you what is arguably the best Thai cuisine available in New Zealand, at only $30 a head for two dishes. Ask us for further details.

What is the cancellation policy?
For all cancellations within 10 days of the arrival date, there will be a cancellation charge of the first booked night in full. Cancellations within 24 hours of the arrival date or a "no show" will result in a 100% cancellation charge of all nights booked.

Is Aorangi Holiday Home located with the rest of the complex?
No, the Aorangi Holiday Home is a 2-minute drive away from the main complex.

Booking
Please stipulate a deposit payment method or provide us with your Mastercard or Visa card details when booking.

Payment
Travellers cheques, New Zealand cheques, cash, Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Refunds
If you need a refund of all or part of your deposit due to a cancellation, these can be made per cheque or via internet banking.

How can I pay?
We accept Travellers cheques, New Zealand cheques or cash, Mastercard or Visa.

How long does it take to drive to Mount Cook from Tekapo and other places?
It will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive to Mt Cook, Christchurch is about 3 hours using the Inland Scenic Route, and Queenstown takes about 2.5 hours.

Directions
See the map on the Location page. From State Highway 8 at the Tekapo bridge turn into Pioneer Drive. Travel 100 metres toward the Church of the Good Shepherd and turn right into Sealy Street. Lake Tekapo Cottages is the last property on the right. Drive up the short gravel driveway and you will find the parking area and reception.