• Lake view
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Private Bathroom
  • Key card access
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Baggage storage
  • Heating
  • Elevator

Located in Lake Tekapo, YHA Lake Tekapo is 28 miles from Mt. Dobson. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel has ski storage space. Guests at the hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Lake Tekapo, like hiking, skiing and cycling. The nearest airport is Richard Pearse Airport, 60 miles from YHA Lake Tekapo.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

YHA Lake Tekapo has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Jun 17, 2019
Hotel chain/brand:
Youth Hostels Association

Distance in property description is calculated using © OpenStreetMap

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.8)

FREE parking!


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Room Type
1 queen bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Lake Tekapo
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Diane
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location was out-of-this-world, right on the lake, walking distance to town, hiking trails, right at the Dark Sky Museum and bus stop. Can't believe it was a hostel- the nicest we've ever stayed in. Plus their kitchen was very clean and easy...
  • Jennet
    Hong KongHong Kong
    Location and facilities are excellent. New furnished en-suite is brilliant.
  • Bwng
    Nice location with superb view, where you can just sit in the kitchen and look at the snow mountain and Lake Tekapo. Facilities is excellent.
  • Stephanie
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location was right on the water, and in the middle of town, price was amazing. Staff excellent. Kitchen was better than we have seen in many hostels!
  • Chariz
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    YHA tekapo is our favourite place to stay. Best location ever, so close to everything. The design is immaculate and beautiful. Kitchen and dining room are so open and bright and clean! Love everything about this YHA :)
  • Carol
    location was amazing and very clean, every thing needed was there.
  • Giang
    Near to everything you need. Very friendly and social
  • Nick
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    For the princely sum of $52, I somehow managed to get a lakeside quad room all to myself with a private bathroom! 🔟/🔟 YHA Tekapo. What an asset - not just to Tekapo, but the entire YHA network! I was delayed in arriving due to the flooded road...
  • Ting-ying
    Location is great. Right next to the lake. Big kitchen with many facilities.
  • Edward
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Great location, great kitchen of you want to cook. Grocery store just a short walk away. Comfortable bed.

Property questions and answers
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The property usually replies within a few days

  • Hi The wife and I will be driving, and it says no car park available. Can we park on the street out the front of the hostel?

    Yes, you can.
    Answered on 20 April 2020
  • Hi! I am travelling in a group of 4 girls. If we book 4 beds in the 4-bedroom mixed dormitory does this mean we will all be in the same dormitory or w..

    Hi Emilee, Please contact directly to arrange this :)
    Answered on 7 November 2019
  • Hello. Is this a pay on arrival please? Regards Sarah Ellens

    Yes, you will pay on your arrival. Thank you!
    Answered on 6 January 2021
  • hi, is there any heater in the room? thanks

    hello, yeah each room has ceiling heaters.
    Answered on 1 June 2020
  • Hi we are a family with 2 daughters 9years old and 13 years old Do you have any family rooms ? We are planning to check in Sunday 25th October and ch..

    Hi there, Yes we do have a room that can cater for your family. Either a 4bed private or a 4bed private Ensuite would accommodate you all.
    Answered on 12 October 2020
  • Hi! Are there buses to Mount Cook village everyday? How much? We are two.

    Hello, Unfortunately there are no direct buses from Tekapo to Mt. Cook village.
    Answered on 13 February 2023
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Area info *

Amenities of YHA Lake Tekapo
Great facilities! Review score, 9.2

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Picnic area
  • Shared kitchen
  • Ski storage
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Shared lounge/TV area
    • Lockers
    • Baggage storage
    • Express check-in/out
    • Laundry
      Additional charge
    Front Desk Services
    • Invoice provided
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • CCTV in common areas
    • Smoke alarms
    • Key card access
    • Air conditioning
    • Smoke-free property
    • Heating
    • Elevator
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Languages Spoken
    • English

    House rules

    YHA Lake Tekapo takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


    Until 10:00 AM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children not allowed.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18


    Pets are not allowed.

    Mastercard Visa Cash YHA Lake Tekapo accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print

    Guests 17 years or younger cannot be accommodated in shared dormitory rooms. All guests aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Please inform YHA Lake Tekapo of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

    FAQs about YHA Lake Tekapo

    • YHA Lake Tekapo is 350 feet from the center of Lake Tekapo. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • YHA Lake Tekapo offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Skiing
      • Golf course (within 2 miles)

    • Check-in at YHA Lake Tekapo is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

    • The prices at YHA Lake Tekapo may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.