YHA Lake Tekapo


Well, we have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the current YHA Lake Tekapo is closed from July 27.

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 July 2018. Yay!

Check out some of the initial design concepts above. We bet that giant window looks familiar...

Alternative accommodation in Tekapo:

You can find more information about Tekapo and alternative accommodation options at www.laketekaponz.co.nz.

Nearest YHA options:

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.

Why the new hostel?

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.

Got questions?

Chat to our Customer Service team by calling 0800 278 299 or emailing info@yha.co.nz.


"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

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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.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • Cot Available On Request
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Piano
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Street Parking
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 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 



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