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
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.
Please note: it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times in the winter months.
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.
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.
YHA Lake Tekapo can cater for up to 30 people across 8 rooms.
Room types available are:
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.
Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in double or twin rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels.
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.