Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast
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Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast

35 Lochinver Avenue P.O. Box 109, Lake Tekapo New Zealand
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#7 of 9 B&Bs in Lake Tekapo
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Subhashish Dasgupta wrote a review Jan 2015
San Francisco, California70 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The first thing that will strike you about this B&B will be the spectacular view of Lake Tekapo from the terrace! Once you recover from that, the rooms are nice and big, the breakfast is good and the hostess is very welcoming and friendly.

They will immediately welcome you with a map and their recommendation of what to do with the rest of the day. They also provide you with a separate entrance and access to your rooms so that you feel at ease to come and go as you please.

Would definitely recommend this to all.
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Date of stay: January 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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December999 wrote a review Jan 2015
Bangkok, Thailand8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found and booked Glacier Rock B&B almost last minute but the booking process was smooth and the room was secured for us. Chris and Colin are very nice and helpful. We stayed in the lake-view room which costed a bit more than the other room and we think it's worth spending extra. We could enjoy stunning view of the lake from our bed. The room was beautifully decorated. Breakfast was yummy although we would love more if eggs and bacon were served.
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Date of stay: January 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The lake is right in front of you if you choose the lake-view room.
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Calvin X wrote a review Mar 2015
Ko Samui, Thailand1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning view on balcony, elegant bedroom, gracious host, large breakfast buffet.
非常好的位置,在TEKAPO镇子外的居住区,房子安静、舒适,房间装饰雅致、干净、温馨,从阳台可以看到库克山,可以吃风景早餐。非常热情能干的女主人,早餐非常丰富有特色,自己做的面包很好吃。男主人是画家,屋内墙上的画都是主人自己画的。时间有点紧,没能好好的和他们聊聊。推荐!
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Englishman_in_HK wrote a review Feb 2014
Hong Kong7 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed for one night. Price confirmed on booking (made direct through guesthouse website) was $210. Website rates stated range of $200-250 for “Lake View” room and $170-195 for “Garden View” room. On checking in, we were disappointed to be shown to the “garden view” room – a slight misnomer, as the main “view” was of a washing line and the house behind – through an eye-level, slit window. While we wanted to raise this, Chris, the landlady, seemed rushed and not especially welcoming of feedback.

When asked what time we wanted breakfast served, I asked if around 9.30 would be OK, to which she replied, “Well, I like to get it all over and done with by 9.” This is not a lady who will bend and flex to make guests comfortable and I wonder why she even bothered to ask. When we arrived for breakfast, she told us there was some orange juice still in the jug from the previous guests. “If you really want some more, I suppose I can go and fill it up from the kitchen.” We didn’t dare ask – a far cry from the warm Kiwi welcome so typical of this country. Tasty though breakfast was, I wouldn’t have thought that a continental breakfast of bread, jam and cereal (and leftover orange juice) could have really taken so much effort for her to want to “get it all over with by 9.”

On checking out right on 10 a.m., I told Chris that the prices quoted on her website suggested that we would be in the lake view room, rather than the inferior garden view. She told me that I must have booked it through an agent, as the prices on her website were quite clear. I told her I made the booking direct, to which she said, “Well that’s the price and it always has been.” I told Chris that I did not have an issue with the $210 per se – rather that for that price, we assumed we would have the lake view room, in accordance with the prices set out on the website. She told me I was wrong. At that point, my partner pulled up the Glacier Rock Gallery website on his phone, with rates clearly showing a range of $200-250 for Lake View and $170-195 for Garden View. When I asked Chris if this was her website, she raised her voice and said, “Well yes, but nobody else has ever complained and this is the rate it’s always been: we only run this place part-time and haven’t got around to changing it.” I told her that in some countries she may be breaking the law: at the very least, this was misleading and disappointing. She offered to discount the bill to $195 “If that makes you feel better.” We paid the bill and left as soon as we could.

Later that day, I received an email from Chris’ husband, Colin. I had assumed it would be an apology for any confusion over the booking - Chris had mentioned to the other guests that sometimes her husband “was not too good at doing all the check in process” and she had to follow up after he had made a booking. To my surprise – and some distress – instead this was a threatening email. Colin alleged that we had “tried to bully” his wife and threatened us, “if you come anywhere near our property again I will not be responsible for my actions.” Again, he mentioned the $210 fee, missing the point that we did not have an issue with the quoted cost, more that it did not match what that cost would buy, according the to rates on their website.

2 days later I received a further email from Glacier Rock, telling us, “It was great to meet you” and asking us to submit reviews to Trip Advisor and newzealandbeds.

Although Chris told us this has “always been” the rate, we note that the Glacier Rock website has been updated in the week since our stay, with increased rates. It seems they have now “got around” to doing this - but only after guests pointed out the misleading information and dared to raise it with them, in very awkward circumstances.

Tekapo is a lovely place with many accommodation options – think carefully before choosing this one, and make sure that the price quoted on the booking confirmation matches the room offered you. If you feel like a slightly more leisurely start to the day on your holiday, it might also be an idea to pack your own cereal, so as not to cause the owners too much inconvenience to their part-time business. My money next time will be on the cabins right on the water’s edge on Lakeside Drive, close to Tekapo Springs Spa.
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Date of stay: February 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: DON'T accept the Garden room for lake view prices!
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Response from colinmaclaren, Owner at Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast
Responded 7 Mar 2014
Chris apologised for the mistake made on our website. The booking form clearly indentifies the room guests are staying in and our website clearly states that the Whero room has a garden view. The window is not a slit window but 1.6 m square. Guest in the Whero room have direct use of the Breakfast Room which has a spectacular view. Generally we serve breakfast between 7.30 and 9.0 am. I was absent when the reviewer took exception to everything and approached my wife. When I returned I found my wife in tears and very upset. I directly emailed the reviewer and expressed my opinion of his behaviour. Our lake view room rate is $250 per night and our garden view room is a smaller room and the rate is $ 210 but it has direct use of the breakfast room which has a spectacular view.
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Mitchie67 wrote a review Jan 2015
Brisbane, Australia59 contributions45 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lake Tekapo is a magical place, so naturally beautiful and with only a population of 340.

There are uninterrupted views of the opal blue lake and mountains from both the breakfast/sitting room and outdoor balcony. We sat sipping wine watching the sun go down soaking up this little piece of paradise.

There are only two bedrooms and the room we were in was very small and rather basic - time for a new mattress I think. No where to open our suitcases, so I had to open mine on the bathroom floor.

The breakfast consisted of canned fruit and cereals + home baked bread with a choice of spreads.

Accommodation is hard to find in Tekapo at peak times so I suggest you book early.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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R S wrote a review Mar 2014
Fife, United Kingdom67 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely setting with great views over Lake Tekapo. Chris was very welcoming and made us very comfortable. Easy walking distance into town and various restaurants, but some of these may require prior booking to avoid dissapointment. Easy to 'star gaze' at night as very little street light glare. We sat out on our balcony and watched the night sky.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ianandjoan52 wrote a review Jan 2014
Wakefield, United Kingdom15 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had booked a flight over Mount Cook in January so stayed at Glacier Rock Gallery for one night. The room and ensuite was a good size, the bed was very comfortable and the breakfast was good with homemade bread, jams and fresh fruit from the garden. The view from the dining room was spectacular and there was also a terrace where you could sit and enjoy the view. Chris, the host , was charming and gave us lots of information about the area. We were sorry to leave and would love to stay again if we went back to Tekapo.
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Date of stay: January 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There wasn't a fitness centre - we can't delete the rating!
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BobCScotinWales wrote a review Jan 2014
Holt, United Kingdom302 contributions133 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to break your journey from Christchurch to Queenstown,
Lake Tekapo is a good choice. We stayed at the stylish bed and breakfast Glacier Rock Gallery and were made very welcome by the owner, Chris. The room is very comfortable and guests can use the dining room to relax. The views from the house are lovely and, for foreigners like us, Chris will give you useful insights into life in New Zealand.
She provides a good continental breakfast including homemade bread and local yoghurt and honey.
It is good to be have a chance to share someone's own home and get more local information than would be available in an hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CazzBradz wrote a review Jan 2014
Darwin, Australia146 contributions81 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed one night in November, and were also treated to glorious weather! The room here was comfortable, even the fold out bed, and the view from the terrace beautiful. The location on a quiet street above the town ensures a good nights sleep and having a separate entry is handy for you and other guests so that late night coming and going (to and from the observatory) doesn't disturb others. Breakfast was lovely. Chris made sure we didn't miss the coffee and view from the Astro cafe on Mt John before heading off.
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Date of stay: November 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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trippin321 wrote a review Apr 2013
Half Moon Bay, California120 contributions64 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed one night on what unfortunately turned out to be a rainy day at Tepako. Essentially an ensuite room in a two-story house on a neighborhood hill above the small town. Accommodations were perfectly good -- friendly hosts, tasty breakfast, typical bed in a bit tight room.It is what it is. don't expect too much w/out the view. We were ready to go after 1 night and onto the rest of our 2 week NZ adventure which held many more favorable experiences. Several other travelers we spoke to were also rained out in Tepako. Wonder how many clear days they really get!
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Date of stay: March 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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December999 wrote a tip Jan 2015
Bangkok, Thailand8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The lake is right in front of you if you choose the lake-view room."
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kulberg54 wrote a tip Dec 2014
Warsaw, Poland14 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Both rooms are almost the same and good."
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AndersCheshire wrote a tip Apr 2014
Cheshire28 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room with the view of the lake would have been the best but it was already taken when I booked."
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Englishman_in_HK wrote a tip Feb 2014
Hong Kong7 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"DON'T accept the Garden room for lake view prices!"
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ianandjoan52 wrote a tip Jan 2014
Wakefield, United Kingdom15 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There wasn't a fitness centre - we can't delete the rating!"
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$257 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionMackenzie DistrictLake Tekapo
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Which popular attractions are close to Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Lake Tekapo (1.9 km), University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory (3.7 km), and The Church of the Good Shepherd (1.0 km).
Is parking available at Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include TLV Restaurant & Bar, The Greedy Cow Ltd, and Blue Lake Eatery & Bar.
Is Glacier Rock Bed and Breakfast located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of Lake Tekapo.
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