Clean facilities and nice site. $54/NZD for 2 people per night was a bit expensive. We thought Lake Pukaki was better, would have driven on and stayed there the night instead.
Stayed 2 nights - 14 & 15/10/19.
$27pppn for a powered site.
30 second drive/5-10 mins walk to the hot springs/base of the Mt John walk.
Lots of space, lovely views, really clean showers and toilets. 1G of WiFi for $10 (5 devices). Slightly away from the town centre but easily walkable - lovely site really enjoyed staying there!
Stayed here twice on our recent trip. The Holiday Park has certainly improved since our last visit 9 years ago and looks amazing. Lots of nice seats and tables to give you an opportunity to enjoy the view. Little bit pricey but with the view you get and the lack of other alternatives in town its understandable. Bathroom and Kitchen facilities were excellent. Only gripe about the showers was the shot of cold water that alerted you to the fact your time was almost up. Understand showers need to be timed and a warning is welcome to avoid a head of shampoo when the water runs out but the water was VERY cold. If you are in a campervan ask for site 29 or 30. Thanks and congrats on the improvements to the park.
Packed and crowded even during the shoulder season. Amenities are clean and new - kitchen and bathrooms. Lovely outdoor setting and close to the hot springs. Kids enjoyed the spring free trampolines. Campground should have rules for guests to keep the noise down after 10pm ... we heard guests still speaking quite loudly past that time!
Ben and Liv
We stayed here on our first night in our camper. Staff were nice, facilities were big and clean. Kitchen and bbq’s looked good but we didn’t use them. No wifi included and bit pricey at $52 per night.
Expensive but without alternative. Way too bright for a dark sky area.
Stayed in the Kiwi Batch. Extremely comfortable and spacious. No hassles at all.
Unfortunately this is the only place in the area to choose from to stay in a motorhome. During winter the two freecamp sites on the lake's are closed which is a shame. It is the most expensive place we have stayed during our 2 week trip and has by far been the worst. Our site is on a slope, there is no phone reception and they charge additional for the wifi! Very run down park. I would highly recommend, if you can, to plan your trip to visit Tekapk during the day but stay somewhere else further along.
The worst campground we’ve stayed at during our 6-week road trip.
1. Upon arrival the staff were rude when telling us about their park.
2. We paid $52/night for a powered sight which is extremely overpriced for what you get
3. The next morning there was more snow on the ground and we weren’t able to leave because our vehicle would get stuck. Also the steep roads around the campground weren’t maintained and iced over. We saw 3 people slip and fall on the ice in the morning. We told the staff our issue about the worry of getting stuck due to the unmaintained roads and the manager came and was so condescending that he even swore while explaining that our vehicle wouldn’t get stuck. This was literally moments after we had just pushed a stuck campervan out of the snow. He then told us to sit around for a few more hours and wait for the sun to melt the snow and ice, proceeding to do nothing to actually shovel the snow or attempt to remove the ice on the steeply pitched roads .
The campsite was nice with plenty of room, however it was pretty pricey for a powered site in the back corner of the park with no lake view. There aren’t any other options in the area by the lake, so the price was understandable. The park is a short walk from the township which is super handy, and had great access to the lake’s shoreline.
This place is expensive but as there's no freedom camping you don't have many options. It was pricey but the facilities were great. My only issue was the showers only stay hot for about 3 or 4 minutes while is annoying considering how much you pay for a night.
Lovely campsite, very clean, tidy and very good facilities. It must all be very new, a vast improvement on the campsite when we visited several years ago. Showers and ablution block were excellent. Main block is not unisex. 6 minute showers are standard in most campsites. Stunning views of the lake. Worth a visit.
We enjoyed our quick stay at this Holiday Park. Clean facilities, nice hot showers with great water pressure, close to Tekapo Springs, and short well-lit walk to town for dinner (make reservations in advance in this small town). Sites are a bit close together and many ppl coming and going (we were the closest powered sites to the unisex bathrooms and recycling area). Our first night in New Zealand and enjoyable.
Great family park, with good all round facilities and plenty to do.
As said, they are the only option around, so they can do whatever they want.
Very crowded, not enough facilities for all (one small kitchen for about 40 campervans and tents).
Limited showers are a disgrace. 6 minutes limit with a cold water warning, all in a military style complex.
Great view of the lake. 15 minute walk to town. Good modern/ clean facilities. Probably could do with more shower kitchen facilities as when site is full these where quite crowded.,Bit more expensive than most. No wifi and poor phone signal if needed. Very friendly ducks
Very nice ground . Clean and New toilets. Sadly no Pots, Pans ,kniff or other Stuff.
21$ per Person in a Tent.
Well worth it .
Great for families with playground facilities for kids. Mixed showers, not everybody’s ideal but good for families. 6 minute showers that intermittently go cold. Meant to give a cold spray 1min before 6mins are up. Definitely not the case. We had cold/hot uncomfortable showers constantly. When requesting your camping spot. If you’re without kids and want a relaxed time make sure you ask to be placed elsewhere as there’s plenty of inconsiderate parents who hoof their kids out of their campers at 730am to disturb others sleeping 🤬 perhaps more thought should be made of those organising plots to ensure families are together!!! I requested quiet spot with lake views and get neither !!!
Had to completely wash out camper after stay as grass spots or more dust, mud than grass !!
WiFi is to be paid for....come on this is the 21st century!!!
Campsite definitely overcharges as have captive audience as only site in that area, such arrogance !!
All in all a pretty spot on lake with amenities close by.
Views over lake amazing but very expensive. Had to queue for toilets and showers. Not enough facilities for amount of sites. Spoke to one couple who paid for 3 nights and left after 1.
James & Kerry
Beautiful site in a beautiful location. Really good facilities if a shade expensive. I'd forgive the price given the quality, but the lack of any free wifi seems a bit mean. That said if we're here again I'd certainly stay.
Overpriced with no real benefits. Felt paranoid the whole stay because of all the rules and restrictions. No free Wi-Fi. Needs more facilties for the amount of people they host. They have the market cornered so they can do what they want really. Only really worth one night stay to try see the lights then move on with your journey.
Fine camping. Facilities are luxury and modern. Nice bbqs and picnic tables outside. Hot showers are time limited. Camping located near village and mount John.
We paid around $46 dollars for unpowered site for 2 persons.
29Oct18. Good facilities as you might expect for $50 per night for powered site for 2.
Reasonable walk to town also to the Mount John walk up to the Astro Cafe and to the spa.
Laundry good. If you still get the option choose the washer on the left with the flat coin tray......
If the dump station is busy go down to the public one down the road in the large lakeside parking area.
Lovely view of the lake but lots of walking up and down steep gravel for the toilets and showers. BBQ and laundry quite a distance away-especially if you need $2 coins for the machines as it is 200m down hill to reception. Nice staff but limited facilities for the number of vans.
They pretty much have the market cornered so they can charge what they want. Overall clean and with a nice lounging area but not nearly enough space in the shared bathroom/shower/kitchen facilities of the dorm block (the campervan shared looks similar if lesser). Its a frequent stop for big bus tours to drop their loads of people. Pretty expensive for cramped accommodations if you are a single person. However, it is clean and there are so many signs everywhere you will feel like your mother is chiding you to keep it spotless the entire time you are there.
Got a Lakeview powered site for our motorhome with a stunning view of the lake. Some of the Lakeview sites actually have the view blocked by trees. We were lucky that ours wasn't.
Great facilities in the holiday park. Toilets and showers very clean. Showers limited to 6 minutes which is a bit of a shame. Decent hairdryers in the bathroom. Bathrooms heated and music playing.
Kitchens also clean and dishwashing liquid provided.
Overall probably the best holiday park we stayed in!
Lovely spot! Kitchen and bathroom facilities great! Only downer is you have a timed shower which turns freezing cold after 5 mins to kick you out. Otherwise great site and would stay again!
Great place for the night. Did not know that Tekapo doesn't allow freedom camping. Was looking around for place to stay for hours will we found this place. By the time we got there, the reception has already close. However they have boxes out at the reception for late check in. Just grab the envelope to a slot and start the power going for the night. A saving grace for a cold night.
Pretty expensive for fairly basic campsite but they have the monopoly in Lake Tekapo so there was really no other options for us here for a powered site. It's a decent campground, thankfully we have a smaller camper and were positioned away from the "Maui Mayhem" in the centre area of the site. This was easily the busiest site we've been to throughout the South Island yet they definitely need more facilities. We waited ages to use the kitchen and the other amenities as large groups cooked several massive meals for hours at a time. There is a dump station just beyond the park on the left before the shops so use that if you're caught in a queue on the way out! It is a good spot though for seeing everything in Tekapo and the staff were friendly. The music for the common areas is interesting/questionable but takes your mind off the 'busyness' of these spaces. Our wifi worked fine but this was not included in the fee. Would rate this place much higher if they had one more kitchen/toilets area. This would be a great spot in the summer months too as BBQs and chairs look out over the lake. The kitchens near the unisex toilets are useful if your shipment doesn't work on the induction cooktops like ours and seemed to be less crowded.
Had to request to change spot as smell from the kitchens was terrible. But staff were very accommodating. Had a nice view and great showers.
Bex & Jake
Stunning location right by the lake. Great stop off between Queenstown and Christchurch.
Hot water is limited to 6 minutes with a slightly odd timing system with 3 minute waits between hot water showers.
We paid for WiFi but it was good and were able to access in camper.
Clean site with a great location on the lake.
While the view is quite nice, that does not justify the high price (50$ for 2 adults & power in the second or third row). For that price I had ocean- / lake- front spaces with WiFi and more space... As we‘re talking about WiFi: it’s not included and don‘t bother buying it if you don‘t really need it. It‘s so bad, that the Speedtest wouldn‘t even open. It likely is due to to many users / bandwidth, which should not be a problem if I‘m paying for it.
Toilets have been very clean, obviously the dirty toilets from the other reviews are a summer problem (we‘ve been there in April).
What we got was maybe 40$ worth in my opinion...
Excellent location and views. Good facilities but is probably always crowded (even was in April).
Nice situation on lake and walking distance of town, hot spring place and the famous church. Some pitches had nice view over lake. 2 toilet blocks, one unisex one shared so request a pitch near which one you prefer? Didn’t use the kitchen but it looked small.
Park owners are apparently very afraid someone uses their facility without paying, which makes the park a bit of an unwelcoming place. Also there is a limit of 6 min shower time, which sounds very 1995 to me. Apart from that, it is a very nice place to stay; facilities are good!
The best thing of this park is the views. It is awesome waking up in front of Lake Tekapo. And most incredible is the area at night. It is absolutely lovely!!! The park is nice with good facilities but too many people in the bathrooms when we stayed (first week of October).
- very nice view
- nature surroundings
- a bit cramped (as almost every NZ campsite)
- very clean facilities, too small though
- professional, but no personal note to it
- BBQ area with view on lake tekapo
- wifi not included
- shower included
- friendly reception
- 22 ppn unpowered site,
Had a powered campervan site close to the bathrooms. Very pleasant place with clean facilities. Showers were a little finicky with the six-minute timer.
We were really lucky with the weather as we arrived on a sunny afternoon and the bright turquoise water in lake Tekapo was just breathtaking. Loads of people swimming/sunbathing even though it was March. Beautiful BBQ area looking right over the lake. Very popular site and the kitchen can be busy even at 9pm at night.
$53 for a powered site (2 people and wifi).
It's expensive, very expensive.
Of course this is the only place to sleep, so people have to pay.
There is a gate with a code, but the gate is opened. There is a code to open the kitchen and the bathroom too. In the evening a car came, and parked on someone else place. When rhe the poor girl came back she couldn't use her place! They moved the car and went to another place. These ppl walked around the campervans looking for everything, and they tried to use the bathroom. Of course they waited for someone to go out because they haven't the code. They tried to use the kitchen too, but a man came and ask them to leave the place. During the evening lot of other campervans came, the place became very noisy. Ppl pay, so they do what they want, they don't respect the others. If the staff give you a place very close to the kitchen door don't accept. You won't sleep because of the noise of the door.
Showers are free, but you need to hurry. If you need more water you must go out to click one more time, and wait 3 minutes before getting water. 53 dollars... Only a few showers, only a little kitchen, very noisy tourists who won't respect you. .. When I was cooking in the kitchen a woman took my pan to cook, and another one used my hand towel!
If you can sleep somewhere else skip this place!
We strongly recommend NOT to stay on this campsite. These are the reasons:
- The campsite is huge, but it doesn't have sufficient facilities for the number of guests (e.g. stoves, sinks in the bathrooms). Be prepared to queue during peak times
- Some sites have lake view, but especially large motorhomes will need to park towards the back of the area which is next to the highway (and noisy)
- They are paranoid about strangers using their facilities and hence everything is locked with PIN codes; makes a lot of fun if you want to use the toilet in the middle of the night but you can't remember the code. Or that your have to enter code of the kitchen door every time you want to throw something in the garbage
- The power on our site was gone just when we prepared breakfast
- There was a long queue when we checked in late afternoon; they just had one counter open while the owner was also in the reception without serving any customers. It shouldn't be a surprise that so many customers check in late afternoon when you run such a huge campsite
- They have a lot of flies and insects which obviously is not their fault. But they could do something against the insect cemetery in the kitchen/bathroom in the morning as it was really gross
- You will need to love dual gender bathrooms if you plan to stay here
Considering the amount of money they charge the service is simply not keeping up accordingly. Bad value for money.
Great location and good facilities but overcrowded. Good showers, though timed. Unisex was good for fathers and families to take children but not for women wanting a private wash. Queues for showers. Campervan tightly packed in rows with little space. Queue to use dump site. Play area for children. Overall a good site but not if you want peace and quiet.
Decent campsite, if a little over-priced. There are some lovely pitches with a view of the lake but these are all booked a long time in advance. For everyone else, you get squeezed into plots which are close together with no privacy. Due to the location, we also found that it got very cold overnight here too, even needed extra blankets and a warm hat in our van during summer! Very good amenities though, would possibly stay again.
Leong Mee Yee
Being the only holiday park in town basically leave you no choice to bear with the 6 minutes hot showers and crowded washroom.
Chose the site for the location which was a mistake as it was too crowded and too busy for us overall - you just couldn’t get any peace as there was noise all the time even at night.
The reception was busy when we arrived at 3pm with a queue out the door, although the staff were helpful there weren’t enough for the numbers of people checking in. The toilets were clean on arrival but didn’t stay that way getting progressively worse as the day went on until the evening when they became a swamp, yes it was the campers fault, but there were too many for the facilities. Sorry won’t stay again.
Lovely location with phenomenal star gazing and views just from the picnic bench. Front row sites are very nice. This campsite was quite crowded but has a lot of facilities to cope with the numbers. Due to the high traffic the showers were not very clean later in the day or early in the morning and they didn’t work as indicated. Hot water was intermittent even within the first minutes of the timed 6-minute shower. Kitchen burners were adequate but slow. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and considered returning.
Very crowded for the price, but such a brilliant location the demand was high! Campervan spaces were a little closely packed, but when staying somewhere like this you do not need to spend too long in your van. Water on site with hook-up. Children's play area nearby, but we do not mind that. We like children! Showers were good, hot and clean. Code to enter on door for access was fiddly to use and difficult to see for those who ventured out without reading glasses. Had to queue for the showers. Not sure about the Unisex idea. Good in theory, because families can go in together and Dad can take little girls for showers, but not good for ladies wanting to take a private wash or attend to personal hygiene/appearance in private. Perhaps some individual cubicles with washbasins and mirror in would be an idea. These are very popular in the UK. Queue for on site dump station.
I nearly didn't stay here based on reviews but was pleasantly surprised, the toilets and showers were not unisex and I found them to be mostly clean and not too busy.
The kitchen was not big enough as there were a lot of people using them.
The pitch we were on was high up on the site and you walked down a stony walkway, no way you could go to toilets in middle of night as it was dangerous and pitch black so this was a pain.
Check where your site is before buying Wi-Fi as you can only get signal from reception to main kitchen nothing past that point.
Bonus is the hot pools next door which were a nice was to spend an evening.
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This is an awesome place. Cannot understand any ranking below 8... Sure, there is always something to blame on, but... What do you expect on a camping ground? They are never like a 5* hotel. If you expect something like this, so just stay away. There are plenty of toilets on this ground, sure you might walk 50m, otherwise just use the toilet in your camper van... And yes, they are unisex, but you do not need to take the shower together! Okay, somebody might join you while you are using the dryer... Kitchen facilities are also fine and the staff is doing their best to clean everything. But do not forget, it is us, who might make the mess... So, if you plan to travel to Lake Tekapo, take this ground into consideration. And no, I am not doing business with this ground, I am just wondering about all the bad reviews. So, if you expect a hotel, stay in a hotel! For a hotel you might even pay slightly more than 50NZD/night... And yes, they are charging 2NZD for the WiFi for 7 days, what a... :-)
The camping has outgrown itself. The location is great, but having just 7 showers and toilets (both unisex) is not even nearly enough for the 150+ people using them. Worst camping we had on the South Island.
Perfect location with great views, close easy walk to town shops and hot pools. Toilet and showers were clean and tidy but were unisex and has a time limit on the showers. Have to pay extra for WiFi. Paid $50 for 2 persons which is about on par with most other Top 10 holiday parks we stayed at. The location and views are definitely the highlight of the park.
Really pretty, and convenient, holiday park. Campers not parked too close together, and we had a lovely view of the lake. Toilets and showers were clean and good quality; there's a 6 minute limit on the showers, but they're free. Was a bit busy in the bathrooms, as it's unisex while they refurbish the other set for the summer, I assume, but still fine. Good wifi, and only a 15 minute walk into town, and also less than 5 mins to the hot pools and to the start of the Mount Cook Observatory track. So a great location.
Average campsite. Very expensive. One shower and toilet block that was super busy. But no other campsite option in Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo itself is amazing and campsite is right on the lakeside which is a bonus.
This was the most expensive powered site we stayed at in NZ. On a positive the location is sensational, directly on the lakefront with snowcapped peaks reflected from the far side. At night, if you walk a few hundred metres along the lakefront away from the camp lights, after the moon sets the sky is incredible and everything you'd hope for from one of the best dark skies. But, even with the camp only partially full there were queues at the unisex showers, and while the facilities are modern they are insufficient. The laundry was being redeveloped while we were here, so we had to share the motel laundry which had a single demestic grade drier and two washers completely inferior to the workload. Despite throwing lots of coins at this laundry we departed with wet clothes. Most motorhome powered sites are parked up next to each other in rows without decent separation, though there are some that have views of the lake most do not. You don't get what you pay for here, but the location is unique with limited alternatives.
Way overpriced for the price paid for $50 for 2 people on a powered site. Facilities weren't the best - unisex shower & toilet facilities which weren't clean. Community kitchen was a let down, one oven & few cooktops in a small facility. On the positive Lake Tekapo was beautiful well worth the visit.
Carl von Horstig
Big campsite with lots of space for campers on powered and non-powered sites. We arrived late after reception hours. They prepared envelops for late-arrivals which make it very easy even without a booking. We paid in the morning.
The bathrooms are mixed-gender and it would be nice if everyone just cleans the sinks after using them. The showers are missing something to put your stuff. They run hot water for six minutes which is enough to take a descend shower.
Fresh water, a recycling system and a dump station provided. When we left we saw a gas-BBQ free to use.
All in all everything you expect when staying at a powered campsite for $25 PP.
It was reasonably good and can't complain. The playground needs an overhaul as it's pretty lame. Communal amenities weren't popular ( especially with the ladies). Handy for the round hill ski area.
It cost us $50 for a powered site for 2. People will be pleased to hear that now includes the showers - but the showers are now 6 minutes not the 10 others have mentioned. I assume the mixed gender shower block has recently been up-dated, it looked new. 7 toilets, 7 showers, 8 sinks. Currently only one toilet block open and it was ridiculously busy. The single gender one with the laundry should have been open but wasn't. The views are stunning, but for most the view is if other camper-vans. Most disappointing site in 3 weeks for the money paid.
6 mins for hot water? What the heck? It's winter now. Are you kidding me? Pay that much isn't that problem but please give us a good service? What a holiday park? Please check out others.
$50 for 2 people to park a self contained vehicle on a powered site. The site was muddy and torn up, and showers had a charge on top of that.
Wifi charges are obscenely pricey too. I would recommend going to the pools for $25 pp and showering, then freedom camping.
Albeit expensive, the staff were very helpful in getting our campervan out of the snow (apparently we needed chains to get to our power site). Great area to park and explore Lake Tekapo the next morning.
Average camping park, wood equipped with everything that's needed. Anyway it is a little expensive at $22 per person for an unpowered site without shower and wifi included.
We needed to fully charge our camper after picking it up in Christchurch. $25 per person. Clean and friendly. Signs as to where we had to park were non existent .😀
$22 for non powered, $25 for powered site (one person). Showers are included and were nice and hot, you don't have to pay extra. Shower block and toilets were clean and worked ok. Can't speak for the laundry as I didn't use it. Kitchens could be busy at peak times but was ok, need to use your own pans etc. There's been some bad reviews but to be honest I didn't have any problems here, it's an average campsite with room for improvement but I'd stay here again. If you want to stargaze just walk 5 min down the road away from the lights.
Our favourite powered site during our trip, mainly due to the outstanding views of Lake Tekapo. The facilities were awesome, and it's only a few minutes walk to the Tekapo hot springs. Wifi isn't free if you're camping, but is if you're staying in one of their cabins. They also have bikes and DVDs to hire.
Great spot, especially when you're greeted by the two friendly bulldogs at the door :)
Very bad place I felt that I am in a free campsite and to be honest free campsites are cleaner. We had to pay for everything including WiFi, hot water. Toilets were disgusting, why they take $23 per person???? Really for what? Shame on them. Can I give them zero!???
Basic campsite with showers to pay. In the kitchen you can find cooking plates, oven, toaster, but nothing to serve your food. People working there are not very nice. Give me your money and bye bye. $36 for 2 people and a tent. 1 night.
We paid $46 for a powered site for 2 in a campervan, with an additional $2 for internet and showers. As we were going to the Thermal Pools that day anyway, we appreciated the tip that the showers there are free for paying customers! Beautiful view of the lake from this site and nice, even, if unexciting, spots to park. Fine bathroom facilities. My only complaint aside from it being not the BEST value out there, is that the lighting at night is awfully glaring. I'd love to be able to see Tekapo's world-famous stars a bit better and the campsite lights seemed totally antithetical to this experience!
Paid $54 for dirty grassless tent site. No privacy. Had to share the camp site with 2 other tenters. You pay for everything; showers, WiFi $5 for 1 gigabyte (which is normal) and also for laundry (standard as well). Very overcrowded and the kitchen was way too small to handle the amount of people there. Lake Tekapo Holiday Park does not offer the lakeshore experience like Lake Pukaki. You are about 200-300 meters from the water at Tekapo and cars constantly drive back and forth by your tent site. Lake Tekapo is a great lunch spot but if you can keep going and don't mind free unpowered campsites, I would recommend the drive or bike ride there (If by bike-take the Alps to Ocean trail by the canal. It's awesome! Best ride ever! Goes right from Lake Tekapo to Pukaki and avoids traffic.)
Very cool bbq area with view over the lake, very nice tenting locations with the best views. Kitchen and table area too small for such a big campground, especially if it rains.
$18/pax for an unpowered site and $2 for a 10 minutes shower in a large bathroom. Really, really big holiday site and extremely crowded since they are about one of the only places to stay in Tekapo. There were 3 reception counters when we went in February. They have two separate kitchen and toilet sites at the park, plus a TV room and laundry. The kitchens can be overcrowded and you need your own cooking utensils. They provide rice cookers, stoves, a microwave oven and dishwashing liquid, so bring your own pots, pans and what not. Great site to see stars and the lake is beautiful.
Stayed here in the past several times. Then you had to pay proper prices. Now? I would pay $64 for an unpowered tent site in 64 years. The people on this campsite have become indifferent to their clients: people do come either way, we are the only ones in the vicinity. Not so: when we were on bicycles we just diverted our route and after two weeks in a car we stayed in Fairlie on the campsite.
Location, location, location.
Unfortunately the park needs to spend some $, on the grounds and facilities. But where else are you going to stay in Lake Tekapo... and they know it.
Very popular camp grounds for all styles. Shower/toilets dated but clean.
We did get an unpowered site and felt like in free camp. We didn't have an access to the dump station and fresh water because for that you need the entrance card which those who are on unpowered sites will not get. You can use dump station and fresh water in about 500 meters away from the camp for free but then you don't have to stay in the camp and pay for it at $36 per night. The lady on the reception was unhelpful and not kind. The worst camp in last 3 weeks in New Zealand. The location is very nice, that is why we rank it with 2, otherwise we would give it 1.
It was great but could use a little work on the facilities.Wifi does not work everywhere in camp but otherwise it was super.
Loved the view! Loved the proximity to Mount John. Michelle of reception was not very welcoming - she asked the lady in front "how old is the child?"... and told us that it had been very busy and hoped that no more people would arrive... Very odd! Facilities were clean and adequate.
Nice view of the lake. Clean but showers cost $2 for 10 minutes (bring your own $2 coins because reception runs out quick. Very bad managed, the old lady in the reception doesn't seem to like to work.
We stayed 1 night, 5 Oct - 6 Oct 2016, with our campervan at this holiday park. The 2 persons at the reception were very helpful. The campervan space is big enough and the site is practically at the border of the lake. The facilities were nice and clean.
Stayed here for our first night in the camper, $79 for 2 adults and 2 children on powered site, shared gender bathroom, good kitchen, nice and close to lake and Tekapo Hot Springs and Snow Tubing. Paid for Wifi. Walked down to the lake in the evening - beautiful views. Would stay here again.
The worst camping from the whole NZ. In the reception very unfriendly. Installations old, dirty and you have to pay for the shower!!! Only a few spots from where you can see the lake. Of course you also have to pay for the wifi. Very disappointing.
Out of 12 campsites we have been, by far this is the worst. Reception staff was unfriendly (man and woman), lakeview is all covered by lodges, so you don't see the lake. Pay for the showers? Come on... None of the campsites made us pay for this.
Rosanne van Dooren
Site is ok. People are nice. Facilities clean with warm kitchen. You pay for the view, it is spectacular make sure you see the sunrise from here! Did not use the shower since they were $2.
Great value for money besides a stunning location. Facilities are clean and comfortable. Powered site in August was $40. Although it's the middle of winter we had an absolute ball. Walks are great and the tubing looked like fun.
$36 for 2 adults unpowered, over-priced. Cramped kitchen/dining area with 2 broken electric cooktops and outlets that don't work. Shower's heat/pressure depends on how many others are in there. Only good thing was it's location to the lake and Mt Aoraki.
Site on the edge of the lake, some powered sites had a perfect view of the lake (30 - 20 I think) but others obscured by the campers on those pitches. In 2 tiers tho so on second tier can still get a good view of the lake. Showers were 2 dollars I think and were hot. Loos and kitchen facilities etc all clean enough. 2 mins to a walk up to observatory and the hot springs. Reception staff friendly enough - nothing exceptional. Would return for location. Amazing stars on a clear night with a small moon! Cold though!
Good location right on the lake, beautiful views right from the car. Clean friendly park, $2 coin for a 10 minute hot shower so come prepared with NZ coins. 1 minute drive from the main shops.
The location of this site is the only reason we gave it a high score. Overall very overpriced as you have to pay extra for showers ($2) and wifi ($5 for 1GB). The powered sites are close together and the staff are not very friendly. The walk down to the lake itself is stunning and so we stayed out there until it was dark!
Spots with really nice view on the lake. Next to the Tekapo Spa. No free hot water (but if you go to the spa in the evening you can shower there). Kitchen not so cozy but clean. Bathrooms are clean as well.
Arriving to be told first what the rules are before the camp features sets the tone of the camp. Customer service training would be good. To pay for the night plus $2 for showers plus more for wifi makes it an expensive stop. The facilities and good with clean and tidy showers and kitchens. The powered site we were on sloped down hill. The view up above the lake is a real bonus. With no other similar facilities in Tekapo maybe an opportunity for some competitors?
We loved this park and came back for an extra night. Great views from powered sites. Plenty of toilets and showers, both in a unisex block and male/female blocks. Cheap wifi. We walked up the Mt John track which was great with amazing views. Very friendly and helpful staff.
María del Carmen Escandell
$60, 2 adults & 2 children (7 & 3 year old.) in a powered site. We stayed in August. Sites are not flat, many people and few facilities. Paid wifi (7$/24h 100GB).
We liked the campsite, had a beautiful spot on the highest terrace with lake view (unpowered spot for a sleeper van). We have seen other, more expensive campsites on our trip which were not better or less equipped. So I don't understand the many complaints about the campsite being over-expensive.
Regarding the showers being extra priced: The $2 gives you 10 minutes of hot water, which even for a person with long hair is too much. So if you have to save on the shower money, why don't you share those 10 minutes. The mixed bathrooms make it possible even for couples.
We loved the free barbeques with stunning lake views. The kitchen was ok, we only used it for doing the dishes though. You also have covered picknick areas in case the weather is not nice...
All in all a good place to stay!
Very nice location with views over the lake. Good facilities although some a little old but very clean (noted the cleaning team very thorough). Close to town centre and hot pools.
We traveled all over NZ for 5 month and we never paid so much for such less accommodation!
We paid $18 for an unpowered campsite with very bad/hard ground (stones everywhere).
Sounds ok... but you have to pay $2 extra for the shower (wifi costs extra as well).
Kitchen much to small.
We stayed one night in a powered site and at $46 plus showers we felt it over priced. It's a busy spot so best to book ahead if you can. Walking distance to hot pools but at $25 for a dip, again, very expensive.
Standard family site, facilities as to be expected. However it was clearly end of season, nearly all green had died resulting in a lot of dust. Also the promised lake view was only available for a small part of the sites. However really nagging was the reaction of the owner/manager on complaints related to the cold showers. I had already noticed complaints about this in earlier reviews. When I came to the office to complain when it occurred to me, he was already trying to convince a nice old lady that she probably misused the tap..... This is clearly a repeating problem of which he must have been aware...
Good site with terraces and lakeside views. Facilities good and clean. Paid 42 dollars for a powered pitch which was fair at 2016 prices, but showers extra at 2 dollars a go was out of order (hence score of only 8) so on principle we used the campervan shower instead as there was still plenty of gas on board at the end of the holiday!
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This place is great. I was staying in a tent ($18) and had a view of the lake. The facilities are excellent and clean. A few people moaning about mixed showers but it's absolutely fine. And if you don't like that, there are also gendered bathrooms and showers too - just a bit smaller. There's a small Four Square on the main high street that has everything you'd need. Plus a ton of cafe's and restaurants. I made the mistake of stocking up before I got there which was needless.
Very expensive, $36 for two people in a mobile home with an unpowered site. Noisy as gravel road winds round site with vehicles driving past till 11pm and people talking. Trees restrict views of lake and mountains. The low review is related to value for money. $36 for two people for an unpowered dusty site is excessive. There are over 160 sites and only one small amenities block for all these people. This means there is a lot of waiting at peak times. (Only 4 male toilets for the entire camp). On top of this you need to pay for your shower ($2 coin). On our visit the toilets were dirty with one blocked. I assume they are not cleaned too regularly. The position itself is excellent, with great views of the lake.
The roads are gravel and dusty, and very noisy, particularly at night. Most of the sites are dirt and also very dusty.
We travelled with a small tent. $18 per person, $2 for a 10 minute shower. The camp site was situated very close to the lake, where you can swim. Facilities were nice and clean, there even was a kitchen, multiple gas bbqs that you could use, and a dining tent for bad weather. Furthermore there is a lot to do and to see in the vicinity.
Clean kitchen and bathroom, free BBQ and view of the lake. Very expensive for tenting when you have to pay for showers, laundry and internet. Not much shade or privacy.
The situation of the camp site is perfect! Staff not friendly at all ... Kitchen & bathroom were good and clean ... $2 for the shower! Tent site $18, without trees, wasn't really good! Too hot ...No ambience...
Philippa and Adam
We arrived here on bikes and just needed an unpowered site for our small tent. We got given a strip of grass outside a cabin, which felt like an after thought. The kitchen was rammed full of people so we sat on the grass (the benches are given to those with a motorhome, who surely don't need them?) with our tiny stove. All this for $18 per person per night. It only gets a score of 6 because of the location, otherwise it'd be a 4 or 5.
Comparatively pricy... cause it's the only ok non-doc-campground there. Quite small kitchen and few toilets/showers in peak season. 1 minute walk to Lake Tekapo, 3 minutes to Tekapo Hot Springs, 15 minutes to Tekapo Tourist Centre.
David From Switzerland
Beautifully located camp site. Showers and wifi are an extra charge. Facilities are good but not the newest. Very popular place so book ahead.
2 persons in a powered campervan site. Excellent location by the lake, clean bathrooms and kitchen, nice tables outside to eat looking at the view! You can walk (15 minutes) or short drive to the main centre and the church. Expensive, have to pay for the showers! Have to pay for wifi ($7 for 24 hours).
Would stay again for the location.
Stayed in a powered site in a camper for one night. Site very uneven and rocky. We were put up the back of the camp with no view of the lake. Our area smelt like dog poo. Facilities were nice but unisex which our 16 year old struggled with. Showers $2 per 8 minutes these were terrible! Either boiling hot or cold and temp would change really quickly. Wouldn't leave a child to shower on their own with the erratic temp changes of showers. Kitchens small and have to pay to use utensils. (Other camp grounds give you these to use with a bond paid). Terrible play ground for the kids. Great location though. Wouldn't stay again.
Great location just by the Tekapo lake, the facilities are new and clean! We are in an unpowered site between the trees, 1minute walk to kitchen and unisex bathroom! By the way, it is near the hot springs, you can buy a ticket and enjoy it all day with no limit of entry until it closes. Good experience!
Clean and perfectly located holiday park. Quite busy even in the low season and the kitchen fairly small for the amount of guests. Good price never the less.
Great spot and friendly staff at check-in. We had a powered site (#4) and there was everything we needed. We were close to kitchen and unisex shower/toilet block. Both appeared to be almost new and in excellent condition. However the next morning we walked further into the camp and went to use the free BBQ's and the adjacent kitchen for a beautiful scenic breakfast overlooking the lake and mountains. Alas all of the 5 BBQs were filthy and all of the gas bottles were empty. Very disappointing. We then decided to use the kitchen. What a horror show - filthy and could only find 2 hotplates out of 10 that worked. We were grateful that we used the modern amenities the night before. All up though a good place to stay.
Powered site with lake view for $40 (2 adults). Showers cost extra (10 minutes $2). WIFI costs extra. Kitchen very cold in the morning and a little bit smelly. Location near to the Tekapo Springs.
$16 per person unpowered, $20 per person powered. Uneven ground for both sites. $2 hot showers. Bathrooms were unisex but modern & immaculately clean when I visited 02/07/15. Only real option for non self-contained motorhomes in Tekapo. The view from the campgrounds isn't actually that exciting. Would park up elsewhere if in self-contained vehicle.
A great lake view, impeccable rooms. Located 10 minutes walk from downtown and 5 minutes to hiking paths and hot springs.... what a mix. Only downside for the price is that you might be able to shower without paying $2!
Its ok....we got a power site which is just beside the lake so we got great view.
the kitchen and toilet are average.
the park is very busy (I guess its because the location is too good) so that the kitchen is a bit too small for so many people.
Beautiful camp with views to lake, clean, spacious and only a short walk to the local hot pools. Great communal facilities, well-maintained and spacious. Bit of a walk to town for dinner, but easy and safe area.
Yann Le Gac
$20 per person for a powered site and you have to pay $2 for 10 mins of shower. Noisy with people let in by management continuously until late. Lots of Chinese people. Will not return. Latest group of people was let in big campervans at 11:20 pm and setting up, banging doors, moving luggage around, talking loud and even honking! This lasted more than an hour until 12:30am. Rules say to be quiet after 10:30pm and to call management to report noise. I did several times and no one picked up! How can you let a group of noisy people disturb all the other campers? I went up and asked them to make less noise, in vain! Fairly expensive for the facilities. Quite busy too.
This was our first stay at a New Zealand campsite and we loved it. Clean, natural and nice ambient.
Terraced pitches on the hill side above the lake with many pitches having great views. It's a big site and the facilities whilst nice and clean struggled to cope with numbers whilst we were there. Showers are an additional $2. The BBQ area is sited to take advantage of the finest views making it a joy to cook. Lake 'beach' is gravel and a clay mud, the spa is 200m long the road. 10 minute walk along the lakeside into the village
Stayed for one night and had a wonderful view of the lake and mountains from our site. Very good, clean toilet facilities, although have to pay for the shower. Tekapo hot springs 2 mins walk from campsite.
Good camping ground in a breathtaking surrounding. View the Mountains around colored red during sunset while sitting in the spa pools next to the campground.
Adequate facilities but not really sufficient for the site when full. Unisex toilet block was OK as was ladies in other block but gents facilities badly in need of update (carpet on floor totally inappropriate). Views over lake limited and not great. Lakeside beach poor and water too shallow for good swimming. Cost $40 for powered site, showers $2 extra.
holidaymad from Solihull
Beautiful views over the stunning lake and the place to come if you want to star gaze.
the first powered pitch we were offered was on a slope (see previous reviews) so we returned to reception and asked for another. Done willingly, but they were surprised to hear about the slope.
Clean facilities and free showers, but the oh so annoying press the button for hot water. on the showers.
Only stayed for one night at a powered site but it had everything we needed. Whilst we were out of luck for an unobstructed lake view, we still had a decent enough view. The toilets & showers look like they've not long been refurbished and $2 gets you a 10min shower. I would definitely come back here and recommend it to friends.
Largest site we stayed at. Despite that, not noisy or especially cramped. Very well sited camper van powered sites, tiered with at least partial views of lake.
Seemed expensive to have to pay for showered but as unisex we could use one shower token between us! Good facilities where we were, nice and new.
We cycled in to town but nothing there but Japanese! Position by lake to swim and sunbath very nice if quite commercialized.
Much better than rather strange freedom camping sites further up lake we decided against.
Beautiful located at the lake. Big sites for motorhomes. Stunning views over the lake, breathtaking sunsets! Friendly staff, clean facilities. I didn't await such a good campground because of some critical revies on Ranklers in the nearer past. But everything was ok!
Great location and people, they have price down the basic rate for un-powered tent site to NZD$30 (2 people). Two sets of kitchen and toilets/shower but the old one is really average. The lamp is not working even till 10 p.m. and there's no switch for it. But instead of average kitchen itself, there are plenty of power sockets that suits all campers' need in the old facility.
Stayed for one night on a non powered tent site. The sites were big and there was a lot of choice. The camp ground is in a good location right beside the lake and the hot springs. The facilities were fine, however there was a bug problem. The price was ok at $15 per person. It was windy coming off the lake. Cleaning of the facilities was odd. A man came into the women's facilities without warning at peak time, with no uniform or identification as a member of staff.
Great site. Views on lake. All amenities top notch. Great recharge site.
We did the hot pools (fresh water, not mineral) and sauna for 28$ pp 5 minutes walk from our site. Very clean, fresh facility. Great value on a quiet afternoon.
A very nice campsite. We had a great view of the lake from our spot and the BBQ area is amazing. There is a great hot pool area 500m from the campsite and the price for the hot pools is 22$ for a whole day. We stayed 2 nights.
Very nice place to stay, well equipped campsite.
Whilst the scenery is stunning and a must stop, this campsite is pretty awful. Vans are so close together you can touch. The playground is actually in such bad repair its dangerous. One night and move on!
$40 for two per night, plus $7 wifi for 24 hrs and $2 showers. The main bathroom is unisex, kitchen facilities reasonable. The wifi reception wasn't great and you are only able to use one device at a time.
We thought the customer service could improve here.
Our powered site was not level which was annoying considering the price.
On the bright side, the hot springs are walking distance as is the walkway up to Mt John.
Beautiful view, old fashioned site and buildings.
Location with a nice view, but many other travellers.
Amazing views to wake up to, having arrived in the dark. Our first site in NZ and possible the best setting.
Nice site at the lake. Clean, including the kitchen for free - some hiking tracks around the campsite (go out at night, the view of the night sky is beautiful).
Nice lake views, close to hot springs and ice skating. Old facilities and payable showers.
Very clean, beautiful BBQ possibilities, next to the lake, $2 for the shower.
Great location on the lakeside. We had a powered site with views across the lake. Good showers/loos.
31Mar14, 2 nights, $40 per night, 2 of us (50's). A busy place. Good facilities. Close to the lake, the village and the path up Mount John. Good BBQ area overlooking the lake.
Anne and Steve Bartlett
Great location overlooking the lake. Clean toilet block but had to pay $2 for showers. Camp kitchen and lovely BBQ area.
Good sanitary facilities, sometimes expensive, sometimes small places.
The location is the only reason for 2/10. The bathroom facilities were very old, moldy and worn, and to charge extra on top of the expensive $40 site fee for each shower was unacceptable. The kitchen was so crowded that it looked liked a sauna. A quality motorhome park is needed urgently for Lake Tekapo. Worse night of our 2 week trip.
A nice camp with views overlooking the lake if one gets the right site. Clean toilets and "shub" showers ($2). Walking distance to hot pools & close to shops. Mt John observatory worth a visit for excellent views. Drove our motorhome up in the daytime. Free shuttle from town at night as no vehicles allowed up then.Powered site at the camp was $40
It is a really nice campground with sites of good size. Hot showers, everything is really clean. Location of campground is beautiful. You can do a 3 hours walk to the observatory and back at the lake front. At night you can see the milky way.
Great location, we were able to secure the last campsite overlooking lake and close to toilet block etc. Was probably the most expensive and extra $$ for showers is a bit ridiculous - should just be included in price. Was also quite busy, but being the only holiday park in town is expected.
Easy walk to hot springs and also some nice walks along the lake.
Great view over the lake, nice BBQ facilities.
Great lake view, friendly owners, clean facilities, great BBQs.
Nice service and stuff. Good options for activities, beautiful view to the lake, clean toilets and showers.
Nice, hot springs, amazing stars at night.
Beautiful location and very helpful and friendly welcome on arrival. However, the shower block needs complete renovation. I have never experienced carpet on the floor in a campsite shower block! The carpet was permanently sodden and the damp smell in the block made it all seem very unhygienic. The carpet was so wet that it was running towards the toilet floors which were then muddy and wet to stand on, not pleasant at all. Charging $2 for a shower was ludicrous in such filthy surroundings. This essential element spoilt what is a lovely campsite with plenty of pitch space.
In a word - disappointing.
Given the price - when compared to what other similarly priced parks charge (we were charged $10 for our 3 year old where at most other parks he was free) - and the state and age of the facilities - which appeared to be in original 1970's condition - including the power-boxes at each camp site.
The powered site for our motorhome, for which we booked in advance, was not level (and neither were the others adjacent) and under a tree which we didn't quite fit (and our motorhome wasn't particularly high as it didn't have an 'overhead' sleeper).
We had a wonderful view of the back of the Lake Tekapo Powerboat and Water Ski Club building. The campsite is separated from the lakefront by a road and the club building - not absolute lake frontage as the website photos would suggest.
Whilst not the worst park we stayed in, we expected so much more based upon their marketing material and the cost.
We booked and paid for 2 nights but left after one.
Really good position close to the village, hot pools and walks as well as the lake, of course. Facilities have been upgraded and were spotless, be prepared for unisex bathroom and shower block though which could put some people off although it was absolutely no problem! BBQs are provided and look in excellent condition. This is a very busy holiday park with no privacy from your neighbours though - felt a bit like being squashed in like sardines! Reception staff were reasonably helpful and polite. Would stay here again but would look for a quieter time of the year.
A superb park in a great location above the lake. The front sites give a great view of the lake and mountains and the township is just 10 mins walking along a track.
Clean, well set out, modern bathroom.
I do not think $40 is unusual for 2 adults in NZ peak season - almost everywhere we stayed in our camper was around this.
The only downside was charging for showers - none of the other south island sites we stayed on charged for hot water.
Nigel & Annie Dale
Lovely site, nice facilities but showers $2 - as unisex facilities we easily shared one shower (you get 10 minutes for $2). $40 for 2 adults, wifi via payable iac card ($5 per 24 hours). Great views as on the lake, walked into town for dinner - a few places to choose but don't get there too late as many were closed by 21.30 (but this was late Oct '13, may be different in summer season).
Very well set up camp right beside the lake. Was only charged $40 for 2 adults and 1 child. Showers were $2 each. Suggest you book if you want a front site or during busy season. Sites were well set up for our campervan. Busy place but still had plenty of room. Nice new toilets and showers. Helpful staff with town map sheets. Can pay extra for wifi. Stayed one night, Oct 2013.
I'm writing this lines during my stay. I can understand $40 for two adults but charging $10 per children its abusive taking in account that you need to pay $2 per shower.
Unfortunately its the only park in the área and its to late to find another.
The toilets, kitchen and living room Very poor. The worst i saw since the last 8 nights for the same price. The lake beach with lots of rubbish... Never tought to see it in NZ.
Outrageous prices, $40.00 for two adults is ok, but they wanted an extra $10.00 per child. On top they charge for showers and everything else. How can you justify $10.00 per child when it would cost the park nothing extra to have them there. Two people would use the same power & water in a van, and they get paid for showers etc on top. The attitude of reception stakk was poor. Having the only caravan park at Lake Tekapo has gone to their heads. We will not stay there, we prefer to spend our money where they appreciate our custom. At $60.00 for 4 of us, plus showers etc, we could get a motel for not much more!
Lake Tekapo and Campsite, very welcome.
nice location and a very clean park BUT
-they charge for everything: showers, internet and laundry
-the people working their had a terrible attitude, over several interactions they proved that they couldn't care less
well run camp. very clean and tidy, very safe for the kids and a great price for a view that you can never get tired of.
Busy busy! Loooots of tourists.
Yes, the lake has a special color, but it's exactly the same color as Lake Pukaki, and there is nooooobody :). The campsite has good facilities, but again, all very busy. Not really AT the lake (although you can see it), which is a pity.
Wonderful setting lakeside. Facilities were good enough. Internet very unreliable and staff unwilling to help with this problem. Campsite is a 7, staff are a 4 and overall a 5.
At Christmas/New Years, the place is packed but the facilities aren't really up to the level of use (lines--sometimes long--for the showers, for instance, and the dump station is a tad awkward). Unlike other reviewers, staff were helpful for us (helped with a stopped drain, discussed merits of some of the attractions nearby). The gates actually close totally at 11 pm (need a gate card before then), so can be something of a hassle if doing the Earth and Sky program (it is a fair stroll on over, though there is a path--we had somebody who couldn't wank that far due to injury). Maneuvering with a larger motorhome is a tad tight but doable.
This was our second park to stay in NZ. Although the staff and amenities were a bit "industrial" and the welcome was not as warm as other Kiwi parks it is in a great location. They have a security gate which cuts down on traffic in this very busy park no doubt. The showers were functional and the added cost was a bit of a nuisance but the location made up for it. Not as clean as other parks. Hopefully some competition in the area may get these folks to improve in the future.
We work in the motorhome industry and are talking to motorhome clients each day about their motorhomes, experiences and will also recommend to them places to stay based on our personal experience while travellling around NZ.
Being in the industry, we always mention this and there is often some reflection on pricing as we can send clients to varying locations and we do indeed do this on a regular basis.
With this holiday park however I was met with a nonchalant attitude by staff/management when mentioning my position..probably based on the fact they are the only camping ground in Tekapo and indeed have the monopoly there.
They seemed totally unworried about potential business which could have been sent their way..I can only guess they do not need additional clients.
I would have been happy even with a minor reflection on pricing or even some polite reason why this was not possibile, and this was even after proving my credentials in person.
This is the first time ever that I have been met with this attitude both when booking on the phone and in person.
The rating has been marked down on customer service and as other reviews the main attraction of this holiday park is with the location/view.
Pricing is expensive and if you had six people travelling in a van it would appear to cost you $120 per night and the showers at $2 for 10 mins after paying this price is a further hit in the pocket.
I stayed the 2nd night of my stay in the southern lakes region and the welcome there was as different as chalk and cheese.
That holiday park has been highly recommended, will be put forward when talking with clients and will be placed on our website which clients visit.
Lake Tekapo Holiday Park responds:
We have just taken over management of the Lake Tekapo Holiday park and sorry that you have experienced this lack of service in the park.
We are moving through the park and making changes, though this will be a lengthy process, we are hoping you will choose to come back in the future and meet us and we can discuss the service you offer.
Nice spot with great view on the lake. Price was ok, however we had to pay $2 for the very unclean showers. Kitchen facility was ood and BBQ spot even better.
Yes it has a wonderful location but management are at best brusque and at worst rude. (We were kept standing waiting in reception while they chatted to each other, they never looked at us, or said hello.) Facilities out of date, but ok. Showers cost $2, but it is for 10 minutes and the water is hot and plentiful. Sadly it seems to be the only camping option at Lake Tekapo, and its location does make up for its downsides.
Lake Tekapo Holiday Park responds:
We have just taken over management at the Lake Tekapo Holiday Park, we are sorry about the service you have recieved in the past. We are working on how to change the payment of showers and prehaps including this in the camping cost.
We appologize once again and hope you will visit us again in the furture dispite this experience.
Only campground in Lake Tekapo; big but with beautiful sights of the lake, friendly staff, fully equipped; short tracks can be started directly from there; kitchen and showers are very clean.
Nice campground close to very pretty Lake Tekapo.
This great campsite has an excellent location right on the lake!!
Very nice at the sea, the facilities were not so good.
Beautiful location, right on the lake edge. But it was one of the most expensive sites we used in a month. Facilities are clean but old & tired. Despite the price, you have to pay for the showers. Lights in shower/toilets are on a timer, and it's not long enough for a quick shower and getting dressed!! Luckily someone else came into the loos just afer I had been plunged into darkness. Not a good experience!
Beautiful setting. Annoying that you have to pay for showers. I'm also annoyed that the women's bathroom light was on a timer and it went off before you finish your business.
Close to hiking trails. There is also a partially lit walking path to town.
A little overpriced but view was great!
Accommodation appalling and DISGUSTING! We stayed in what was referred to as a family villa (which you could call it at a stretch of the imagination). The unit smelt, was old, dated and drab. The carpets were frayed, the wall paper peeling off the walls and had dirty marks on it, cob webs around the ceilings, light fittings broken and thick with dust. The fridge did not work properly and kept freezing our food. To top it all off we discovered the unit had mice, which was what the terrible smell would have been. We laid a written complaint with the owners/managers of the facility, who clearly have no customer services skills, were not interested, did not respond to our email and then when we finally phoned them and spoke to them, tried to turn the blame around onto us!!! We paid $170 per night, way over priced. Unfortunately we had to pay prior to our stay and they will not reimburse us with anything. Had we been paying at the end they would not have got that amount per night. We do not recommend this accommodation at all and if this unit is anything to go by, we can understand why they are not a Top 10 Holiday Park!
Lake Tekapo Holiday Park responds:
We have just taken over management at the park and are currently going through and updating all of our units. We are sorry about your experience and can assure you things are changing.
We are also sorry about the lake of service you got and can assure you this wount happen again.
Location very beautiful directly at the lakeside. Wonderful views and walking tracks. Facilities ok, shower is to pay $2 extra.
Middle of nowhere next to Lake, clean facilities (shower, kitchen, laundry) all needs catered to. Nothing like waking up next to the lake.
Top 10 prices but not really up to Top 10 standard. We had trouble finding a spot in (either) kitchen late in the evening. Toilet block clean but a little drab. However...it is ideally placed for the **absolutely superb** walk (from the campsite) up Mt John. Make sure you carry on down and do the whole loop.
Manfred & Gabi
Poor equipment and old - $2 for the shower, high fee.
Great location and facilities, but $2 for a shower after $40 a night for your site is not on.
Excellent facilities, beautiful setting.
What a lovely site, right on the lakeside, facilities good and great views.
Clean, nice people, everything worked well.
Great staff, warm welcome, very helpful when we wanted to change pitch site. Toilet block/showers dated but clean. Bad point - Lights in shower block on timer (motion sensor) they go off when you are in to take a shower, left in pitch black, not good.
Most expensive campsite we stayed in for whole of our trip, then an extra $2 for shower. Facilities very old (but clean) campervan sites not level, sloped down hill. They need some competition!
Excellent all round - particularly location. Great walk up Mount John.
Amazing location and a great little campsite.
$2 for a shower:(
Irene and Werner Keil
Showers have to paid for.
very helpful staff
Had to pay for shower, other than that beautiful campsite.
Katherine and Pete Smal
Out dated facilties. They work! Charge $2 for shower. Good views of lake.
Expensive, coins for showers, old facilities very crowded in Feburary.
Chris & Anne Pearson
$2 for showers seemed mean. Some kitchen equipment did not work. Can be cold at night, staff nice and helpful.
Very disappointing - campervans crammed in, expensive, extra costs for showers etc. Just a money making machine.
Douglas & Alison Mark
Lovely site beside a lake. Good facilities and nice position from which to walk.
Pein van Nosrt
Beautiful location, not enough facilities.
Lovely spot with great views of the lake.
Teum and Orselien
Toilets and showers: Wet carpet on the floor, we thought this was only possible in Africa, so bad!!
Most expensive camp site for worst site we have stayed in - aesthetically unpleasing, scruffy, very unpleasant stay.
Good location, quite clean and tidy. Object to paying $2 for a shower.
Campsite was miles away from the bathrooms. The lake was very cold, but it wakes you up anyway.
Need $2 coin for shower and you cannot have $2 coin except when office is open.
Super view over lake. Just nature. More than one kitchen and facilities building. Hot spring bath nearby.
Clean, tidy, set right by the Lake.
Fantastic spot with amazing scenery. Camp itself had everything we needed. Worth staying just for the views across the lake in the morning.
Reasonably expensive but at a nice location.
Michael and Tanja Kreugel
Good location, nice view, clean.
Were there late aftn for 1 night. No pool so used adjacent alpine spa/thermal pools which were fantastic. Clean tidy toilets and small room for internet etc and small kids play area.
Nice place but paid showers, many camping rules, cold people.
Overpriced and expensive showers @ $2 pp. Clean facilities and million dollar views of Lake + Mountain.
Location location location. You cannot beat the views from this campervan site. It would be 10 but the toilet/showers were a bit tired and cold as the windows were always open! Good space, get there early for the best spot as it is the only park in the area and will get busy in the afternoon. Is within a minutes walk to the Alpine Spa pools!
Fantastic scenery, good facilities and spa made it special.
Sites very cramped, good weather good for stargazing.
Very clean and reasonable. Easy access to some nice walks and a spa with hot pool.
Directly to the lake & little old toilets
Beautiful 5 nights, close to a little hot pool complex. About $15 per night each, nice place, good walks.
Location was beautiful. Facilities could be better. Paying for showers was uncomfortable.
Facilities good, but not enough for the number on site when we were there. Warm welcome.
Good holiday park, good price and nice people with good view of the lake
In fair to poor shape - some sites have good views though.
Not a Top 10 and therefore the facilities not so good. $2 showers etc. Staff not so friendly. Steep hill access to park + sites.
On the shore of the lake, very clean and tidy - lots of shade
Spacious, good facilities peaceful location swimming beach.
Peaceful location, fairly close to town. Hot pools close by.
Nice campsite, beautiful lake straight in front of you, but it snowed there in the end of october
Excellent lake site views but expensive and $2 for a shower.
Beautiful location just a step from the Lake.
Top price but still had to pay for showers which were mediocre. Facilities may have been stretched if site was busy.
Beautiful location, friendly.
Great spot next to the lake.
$2 for a hot shower (10 mins) is a bit to much after you have already paid, plus toilets / showers were dirty.
Nice area at the lake, good infrastructure.
Quite clean, set on the shore of this outstanding lake.
Great location on lake. Amazing walk to Mt John. Highly recommend the cafe/observatory.
Great locations with good views from the lake, also good facilities, big kitchen and tv/lounge room.
Beautifully located. Had to pay for showers which we consider a bit rude as we had already paid to camp.
Very clean, lots of trees, friendly staff. Close to Blue Green Lake.
Scenery, price, customer service and facilities all excellent!
Good location by the lake but had to pay $3 for a shower.
Great spot with views over the lake.