Where to Stay in Lake Tekapo on a Budget
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, and 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.
So here are some of our favourite backpacker hostels in Lake Tekapo and Twizel.
1. Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers
This charming hostel is in a quiet corner of Lake Tekapo village while still being in walking distance to shops and services. Relax in the garden with hammocks and hostel pets. 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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- Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers on Booking.com
- Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers on Trip.com
- Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers on Expedia
2. Lakefront Lodge Backpackers
Relax in the spacious dining and barbecue area as you gaze over Lake Tekapo from the Lakefront Lodge Backpackers. This hostel has everything you need from a well-equipped kitchen to laundry facilities and more. Lakefront Lodge Backpackers is a short stroll from Mt John and the hot pools. Mt John is one of the best places for stargazing in Lake Tekapo, which is part of the Dark Sky Reserve.
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3. Lake Tekapo Budget Accommodation
As you can probably tell from the name of this backpacker hostel, Lake Tekapo Budget Accommodation, this is a no-nonsense hostel. Although small, this hostel still has all the essential facilities from a kitchen and dining area to laundry. It’s the most central of the accommodations, situated at the Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort Complex in the centre of the village, close to all the services.
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. (In particular, The Lord of the Rings filming locations). High Country Lodge offers budget accommodation in the form of backpacker dorms to motel and studio units. What’s more, there’s plenty of it, so there’s no stress when Lake Tekapo accommodations are fully booked.
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5. 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?