The bad news is that the current YHA Lake Tekapo is closed from July 27 2017.
The good news is that it's closed because we're building a brand new hostel, just a few doors down from the existing one. Our anticipated opening date is November 2018. Yay!
You can see the concept art and construction-in-progress images above (thanks very much to Dennis Viehland for supplying these) - we think you'll agree it looks pretty awesome!
You can find more information about Tekapo and alternative accommodation options at www.laketekaponz.co.nz.
If you're set on staying with us (aww, thanks!), here are your nearest options and their drive times. Please note that booking ahead is strongly suggested, particularly for YHA Aoraki Mt Cook, as this is also a very popular destination.
Please make sure you check out road conditions before you set out; some of these drives feel longer than you think and the area does get snow for large portions of the year.
YHA Lake Tekapo is one of our most popular hostels, sitting at more than 90% full for the majority of the year. Our current hostel is on land leased from the council, which will eventually lapse. We love the Tekapo township and want to maintain a YHA presence as it continues to develop; the best way we can do this is by vacating our current space and utilising it as housing for the builders working on our new site.
We're sad to be leaving the much-loved existing building and that we won't have a hostel open in Tekapo for a while, but we're excited about the new development to come and the improved, modern facilities we can bring you as a result.
Chat to our Customer Service team by calling 0800 278 299 or emailing email@example.com.
"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
Please note the existing YHA Lake Tekapo is now closed. The newly built YHA Lake Tekapo will open on its new site in approximately July 2018.