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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 Apr 2022via mobile
Great location, just a short walk to the church of the good shepherd and a similar length walk over the bridge into the town centre. Cosy rooms once you’ve put the heaters on! The heaters are very effective luckily as it can get pretty cold here. We stayed in the Rowan cottage which had the main cottage and two sleep out style cottages. Worked well for our family.
Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 February 2021

We paid $240 a night for this place. There were 4 of us. We stayed at a cottage right at the back, furthest away from reception, called Rowan cottage.
The place is very run down and in need of up keep. I will advise not to stay at this cottage during winter. They may have other cottages or units that are newer, just make sure you know which you are paying for, if possible. Otherwise, you could find better place to stay around the area for the same price. Great location, but the things is, Tekapo town is not big.

Date of stay: December 2020
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Reviewed 23 November 2020

Accommodation in Lake Tekapo can be expensive. We thought the Lake Tekapo Cottages were good value for money. Location was great, short walk to the Good Shepherd church, Lake Tekapo and the township. Retro style (original) fit out inside the cottage. Plenty of nik nak things in the living area, it felt like someone lives there normally and they literally gave up their house for the night so we could sleep there. I don't know if all of the cottages are like this or how to distinguish the cottage we stayed in from any of the others, other than ours sat way at the back of the property. If you want reasonable price accommodation and its only for one or two nights, Lake Tekapo Cottages are good value.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 22 November 2020

It was okay.

The good:
Stephen the owner at the office was friendly and helpful, had several suggestions on good places to go and see. The property is off a side street with easy access to town by walking over the bridge. Lake is beautiful.

The not so good:
The place itself seemed makeshift. If you are willing to “make do” and take things “as is” it could work for you.

We stayed in the East Wing cottage. The decor and items in rooms did not go together. It seemed to be a random assortment of things. The beds and pillows were somewhat comfortable but the sheets were stiff and had a cardboard feel. Soft mattresses, older comforters.

It seemed to have been awhile since anyone did upkeep of the unit. Things were broken and impractical. The fridge temperature dial was broken so no way to adjust temperature and the yogurt we had froze. With windows open doors do not stay open or closed properly. The doors would slam shut by wind. The lights were so BRIGHT, and there was only one light per room and it lit up the place like a movie set. No other choices except two small nightstand lights. There is a note about moths and to turn off lights with windows open. Less bright lights may help to not attract the moths. Neighbors are right next door and walk by the path at your window, so less privacy. There are flood lights outside windows that are motion sensitive and light comes into the bedrooms even with curtains closed. The deck had a broken floor board which seems dangerous. The bedroom door hinge was broken so opening and closing the door leads to a loud clunk every time.
The water pressure is super forceful in the shower and sink, leading to spraying all over the sink and floor area. Just 2 plastic hangers for clothes, and one was cracked and broken. No hooks in bathroom.. There was a pile of tools and items outside back door. Lack of outlets so there are extension cords you can move around for the lights.

Would not mind if a place is basic, and yes this place is. However, it seemed run down and funky, as if no one had been through to keep things fresh, organized or working properly. If it is your own house and you do not upkeep the place then it is your own choice and you who are living there. When it is a place you are renting to guests, I would expect more. We made do but would not stay here again.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 8 November 2020 via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Lake Tekapo. We had a private cottage with good kitchenette for 2 nights. Quiet outlook. Nice deck for sitting under cover. Close to town. Good to do a bit of own cooking as Lake Tekapo expensive for drinks and meals. Great staff. Clean would highly recommend.

Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2020

Me and my husband stayed at Honeymoon Cottage for 1 night on our anniversary. Lovely cottage in retro style making it feel homely, conveniently located with beautiful view over the mountains and pine trees. Kitchenette had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable, and the suite was warm and clean. Friendly owner.

Date of stay: June 2020
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