YHA Lake Tekapo


Located right on the Lake Tekapo lakefront with unobstructed views to the mountains beyond, the million-dollar view from the YHA Lake Tekapo backpacker hostel is of the incredible shades of blue of this glacier fed lake in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand.

YHA Lake Tekapo’s large lounge area directly overlooks the lake and is a comfortable and cosy retreat. In winter relax in front of the roaring log fire or take turns making music on the piano or guitar.

The backpacker accommodation available at the Lake Tekapo hostel is family-friendly (a cot is available) and has disabled facilities. The large kitchen is very well-equipped including a rice cooker, panini toaster and free herbs and spices.

For your ongoing travel and activities bookings ask the extremely helpful Lake Tekapo hostel staff for help. We’ll help you with whatever you want to do next, around Lake Tekapo or New Zealand! They can recommend some great walks around the area and suggest activities to make the most of your time in Lake Tekapo. Also, the famous Tekapo Stargazing tours leave from just nearby the YHA Lake Tekapo hostel.

The accommodation at this amazing Lake Tekapo backpacker hostel is so like home, you won’t want to leave.

Please note: There is an ATM in Lake Tekapo that accepts all major credit cards. EFT-POS, Visa and Mastercard are accepted throughout the village.


"YHA Lake Tekapo: An excellent place to stay with one of the finest lakeside locations of any hostel in New Zealand, its pride and joy is the common room with a floor-to-ceiling window."- The Rough Guide to New Zealand



By Car

SH8 from Queenstown - Turn left towards the Spa and Hot Springs and then immediately right into the gravelled YHA carpark
SH8 from Christchurch - Drive through the village past the 2 petrol stations then turn right towards the Spa and Hot Springs and then immediately right into the gravelled YHA carpark.

By Bus/Shuttle

If your driver drops you off in the village, face the lake and turn left - crossing the car park to a stony walkway - follow this for 1 minute until you reach the YHA.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • The Lake Tekapo Alpine Springs and Spa has year round hot pools and spa services, as well as ice sports and tube park in winter.
  • Stargazing Night Tours leave nightly from Lake Tekapo for exploration of the Southern Sky – so bright and clear above this alpine region of the Southern Alps.
  • Air Safari Scenic Flights will take you for million dollar views over Aoraki Mount Cook, the Tasman, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers as well as to the West Coast.
  • The Taste of Tekapo Cruise includes a complimentary breakfast, lunch or dinner on Motuariki Island in the middle of Lake Tekapo.
  • Many exciting outdoors adventures around Lake Tekapo: horse trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing.
  • The Roundhill ski area overlooking Lake Tekapo is a popular winter destination.
  • Hop in the car and head to Ohau Ski fields for some excellent snow
  • YHA Lake Tekapo is part of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.
    You can find maps and more information on the trail here 



  • (Oct 9th - Oct 10th) This event will have a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes in the Planetarium and will consist of a 1-hour ‘live’ show with a presenter free flying through the universe and a 30-minute movie. As there will be two items, it ... The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • (Oct 9th - Oct 9th) A son et lumière extravaganza comprising beautifully animated astrophotography with live musical accompaniment by Wellington based multi-instrumentalist Jim Walmsley. Produced by: Dr Steve Chadwick, Massey ... Twizel Events Centre
  • (Oct 9th - Oct 9th) Age limited to 10 years and older. Event limited to 25 spaces only. The afternoon will be for students 10 years and older, and limited to 25 spaces. Participants will get a 1-hour Discovery Dome Show and there ... Twizel Events Centre
  • (Oct 9th - Oct 11th) Starlight Festival Multi-Event Pass- allows you entry into the following events. Some events are sold separately from the Multi Pass due to the restricted capacity of the event. (See festival programme for venue ... Twizel Events Centre
  • (Oct 9th - Oct 9th) This event is weather dependent. This is a chance to look through some of New Zealand’s largest telescopes at our only professional research observatory for optical astronomy. Transport: A bus will be available ... Mt John Observatory
  • (Oct 9th - Oct 9th) 6.00pm Twizel Community Centre Auditorium Mihi Whakatau Te Wera King Waiata Arowhenua Speeches: Professor John Hearnshaw Scott Callaway CIAL Jacqui Dean MP Hon Nicky Wagner MP Waiata 6.30pm Kapa Haka ... Twizel Events Centre

YHA Lake Tekapo is a small and friendly hostel with plenty of history and character. Located on the shores of Lake Tekapo with undisturbed views over to the Southern Alps. Tekapo is located 3 hours south of Christchurch and 3 ½ north of Queenstown, making it the perfect location as a stopover to break up the journey.

YHA Lake Tekapo is just a 2 minute walk from the town centre, complete with a small supermarket and wonderful choice of restaurants. Activities in the area include skiing in winter, outdoor hot pools, ice skating (winter), roller blading (summer) spa and horse trekking.

Click here for YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Lake Tekapo can cater for up to 30 people across 8 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 7 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 3 x twin and double rooms

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 - 7 bed rooms. The hostel has shared single sex bathroom facilities conveniently located to the bedrooms.

All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows), and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in double or twin rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay.  

Free booking service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

Contact YHA Lake Tekapo direct on 03 680 6857 email laketekapo@yha.co.nz or call our groups coordinator on 0800 278 299.

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