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Hon Jacqui Dean With Opening Plaque Outside YHA Lake Tekapo Entrance

Official Opening Celebrates Contribution of YHA Lake Tekapo

The Honourable Jacqui Dean and a host of guests were onsite on 4 September to officially open the new YHA Lake Tekapo premises and adjoining gourmet burger bar, Our Dog Friday.

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Following a formal welcome and a speech from Ray Salter, Chair of YHA National Board, Jacqui Dean thanked the Youth Hostel Association and Tekapo Hostel Manager, Billy Kerr. “I want to say thank you for having the vision to create such a wonderful facility for us here in Takapō,” Dean said.

“Thank you for making it a pretty easy choice for me to come and stay here… I know that I can pop into the communal kitchen and make myself a cup of tea and there’ll always be somebody to chat to. For somebody who travels a lot, that’s invaluable.”

“I had no idea at what kind of offering Youth Hostels has become,” she continued. “This is a wonderful building.”

Dean enlisted two students from Lake Tekapo School to unveil the official plaque and formally open the new facility. Students from the school closed the proceedings with a small performance.

Completed in April 2019, the $9 million dollar lakefront accommodation has achieved occupancy rates of over 80% for the past two months. Guest feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with the hostel’s review ratings to date averaging over 96%. Online reviewers have labelled the facility “stunning,” “exceptional,” and the “best hostel experience ever.”

Hon Jacqui Dean Speaks At The Official Opening

Our Dog Friday has maintained ratings of over 91% since its opening and received similarly positive feedback. The gourmet burger bar has proved a welcome addition to the Tekapo dining scene, popular with locals and visitors alike.

The state-of-the art budget accommodation option is helping Lake Tekapo Village accommodate the booming number of tourists visiting the region. The accommodation features free WiFi, an in-house laundry, TV lounge, solar hot water and photovoltaic panels. The modern fully-equipped kitchen and lounge area features full-length windows to maximise views of the lake.


4 September 2019

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