Lake Tekapo — dramatic mountain scenery on the water

Surrounded by the peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, Lake Tekapo’s mountainous landscape will take your breath away. A tiny township stares across the lake’s milky blue water towards the icy mountains, providing a picture-perfect vantage point to take in the alpine scenery.

And the stunning sights don’t disappear at sunset — Lake Tekapo is a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it a sparkling star-gazing destination by night. You might even catch the Southern Lights on a clear evening.

YHA opened the brand new waterfront YHA Lake Tekapo in April 2019. We can’t wait to see you!

at a glance

Best known for

turquoise water and snow topped peaks

Did you know

under 400 people live in the township

Don't leave without

a dip in the hot pools under the stars


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YHA Lake Tekapo hostel features unobstructed lake views and modern facilities.

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YHA Christchurch is a homely heritage building with a modern atmosphere. Located near the town centre, this backpacker hostel is a perfect home base to see everything Christchurch has to offer!

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YHA Aoraki Mt Cook offers log cabin-style accommodation in Aoraki Mt Cook village. Surrounded by the monumental views of the Southern Alps the hostel welcomes families and backpackers.

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