5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Lake Tekapo šŸŽ’ [2023]© Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation
5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Lake Tekapo šŸŽ’ [2023]

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Lake Tekapo šŸŽ’ [2024]

© Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation

Where to Find Backpacker Accommodation in Lake Tekapo

Stay beside the turquoise blue waters of Lake Tekapo, a mecca for stargazers, hikers and skiers. After the day is done, there are a few great backpacker hostels in Lake Tekapo to stay in and keep the costs low.

Because there is so much to do in Lake Tekapo, as we go over in Lake Tekapo – Guide for Backpackers, combined with the fact that there is limited accommodation in Tekapo, backpacker hostels are often fully booked. We recommend booking well in advance for your stay in Lake Tekapo. That’s why we’ve also included extra budget accommodation in the neighbouring town of Twizel, which is an awesome alternative to the backpacker hostels in Lake Tekapo.

Without further ado, here are some of our favourite backpacker hostels in Lake Tekapo (and Twizel).

1. Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation

This charming hostel is in a quiet corner of Lake Tekapo village while still being within walking distance to shops and services. Relax in the garden with hammocks and hostel pets at Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation where you’ll also get a break from bunks as this is a no-bunk hostel. There’s also sporting equipment to use for the courts free to use behind the hostel, as well as ski tuning equipment. Find out more about the Tekapo ski fields in The 24 Ski Fields in New Zealand.

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2. Lake Edge Lodge (Lakefront Lodge Backpackers)

Relax in the spacious dining and barbecue area as you gaze over Lake Tekapo from the Lake Edge Lodge (also known as the Lakefront Lodge Backpackers). This hostel has everything you need from a well-equipped kitchen to laundry facilities and more. Lake Edge Lodge is a short stroll from the hot pools and Mt John, which is one of the best places for stargazing in Lake Tekapo. Note that the lodge is also part of the Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park.

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3. Stay in Tekapo Backpackers

As you can probably tell from the name of this backpacker hostel, Stay in Tekapo Backpackers (formerly Lake Tekapo Budget Accommodation), this is a no-nonsense hostel. Incidentally, it’s also a no-frills hostel compared to the other two in town, but it provides a cheap place to stay nonetheless. Although small, there are still all the essential facilities from a kitchen and dining area to laundry. It’s also the most central of the accommodations, situated in the centre of the village, close to all the services. Choose from a six-bed dorm or a private quadruple room.

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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Lake Tekapo© Stay in Tekapo Backpackers

4. High Country Lodge (Twizel)

A great alternative to staying in Lake Tekapo is the neighbouring town of Twizel with its own set of attractions – just see the 6 Best Things to Do in Twizel. High Country Lodge offers budget accommodation in the form of backpacker dorms, motel units and studio units. What’s more, there’s plenty of it, so there’s no stress when Lake Tekapo accommodations are fully booked! See more alternative stays in Twizel listed in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Twizel.

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5. Gladstone Hotel (Fairlie)

The next backpacker-cheap accommodation you’ll find close to Lake Tekapo is in the neighbouring town of Fairlie, just a 30-minute drive away. The Gladstone Hotel is your classic old-school Kiwi hotel, so don’t expect anything flashy. You will, however, find cheap single and twin-share rooms that fit the backpacker budget. There are also super-king and queen rooms if you’re interested. Either way, you’ll have shared bathroom facilities and a popular bar and restaurant downstairs where you can pick up some scran, but note that there is no kitchen available. What is available, however, is bicycle hire so you can reach the 10 Best Things to Do in Fairlie a little easier.

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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Lake Tekapo© Gladstone Hotel

[CLOSED] YHA Lake Tekapo

The latest addition to the Lake Tekapo hostel offering, YHA boasts epic views of the famous lake from its lakeshore location. The new purpose-built hostel offers spacious and modern communal areas, as well as a range of rooms from a Queen Studio Ensuite to an 8-Bed Dorm Ensuite. Find out more about YHA hostels in BBH, YHA, BASE or NOMADS: What is the Best Hostel Network?

More About Lake Tekapo for Backpackers

That’s it for our list of the best backpacker hostels in Lake Tekapo. For more advice for the ultimate Lake Tekapo experience, check these out:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our Lake Tekapo – Guide for Backpackers.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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