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YHA Lake Tekapo for Groups


We're excited to bring you our brand new hostel with spacious, modern communal areas, a variety of room types, and an on-site cafe. Overlooking Lake Tekapo, YHA Lake Tekapo also features a purpose built groups wing available for exclusive hire. 

"We really appreciated the extra care you took to ensure that our say went well. It's often challenging travelling with a group - but you made it as easy as possible for us and the students have come away with great memories."
- Hillmorton High School, Christchurch

Continental breakfast can be provided upon request for $10 per person. It includes:

  • A choice of cereals
  • Toast and spreads
  • Tea, coffee or hot chocolate
We also have options for group menus at our adjoining cafe specialising in burgers, Our Dog Friday. To add the best local burgers to your stay talk to the team when making your booking.

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

Recommended Group Activities

Group activity options in Lake Tekapo include Dark Sky Project, Tekapo Springs and Tekapo Stargazing. For a more casual night sky experience head to the lakefront domain in front of the hostel where a local man gives an informative presentation of the stars for a koha. We also recommend free activities such as orienteering, disc golf, and exploring the many walking and biking tracks.

Larger groups who want more of their own space can even hire the Lake Tekapo Community Hall.

Secure groups wing
A mixture of shared and private accommodation, with a secure hallway. Communal bathrooms are available for your Groups sole use.  A separate groups kitchen is available to be booked for your group.

Get in touch
Contact our Group Coordinator: email Billy [email protected]. Or contact our National Group Coordinators: email [email protected] or phone 0800 278 299.

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Hostel Details & Location

Group Coordinator: Billy Kerr

Check in: 2:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: 0800 278 299 (National Office) Email this hostel

Reception: 8am - 9pm

Location: 5 Motuariki Lane,


Overlooking Lake Tekapo


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How to get here

We're in the heart of Tekapo township, closest to the lakefront with uninterrupted views of the lake and mountains, and just behind the town's main street of restaurants and cafes. Right next door is the Four Square supermarket and the village car park offering overnight parking for buses.

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Great for groups:

  • Breakfast options
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Free booking service
  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Communal dining area
  • Secure bedrooms

Shared facilities:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Communal dining area
  • Food storage area
  • Communal lounge
  • Fireplace
  • Onsite food options
  • Recycling stations
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Locker storage
  • Drying room
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Sky TV
  • Book exchange
  • Free movies
  • Games available


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Convenience items for sale
  • Hair dryers
  • Towel hire
  • Breakfast options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • Free booking service
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hostel capacity

The brand new YHA Lake Tekapo will accommodate 128 people across 42 rooms and two floors. One wing is bookable for exclusive use for groups.

We work with you to place your rooms as close together as possible, separated by gender where required. 

Shared rooms
  • 11 x 4 bed multishare rooms
  • 7 x 4 bed multishare ensuite rooms
  • 1 x 4 bed multishare accessible ensuite room
  • 1 x 8 bed multishare ensuite room

All dorm rooms are privatised for school and youth groups. 

For rooms without an ensuite single sex bathroom facilities are located in the same wing as the rooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1. Beds include individual bedside lights, power points and lockable cupboards. 

Private rooms
  • 11 x queen ensuite rooms, 10 with lake views
  • 1 x queen accessible ensuite room
  • 4 x queen studios
  • 5 x twin ensuite rooms
  • 1 x twin room

These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Safety & Security

Safety and security is a top priority at YHA. You can download our Group Health & Safety information for your planning resources or school board approvals.

We can also supply a copy of our COVID 19 hostel control measures for each alert level and our Worksafe COVID 19 Safety Plan. Or see our current COVID 19 alert level actions. 

All bedrooms require a key for entry. A door code is required to access the hostel outside of reception hours.

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