Top 12 Airbnbs In Lake Tekapo, New Zealand - Updated 2023

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Lake Tekapo is on the bucket list of almost all the travelers who wish to visit New Zealand. Located about 3 hours from Christchurch by car, the township is known for its unmatched scenic beauty. The town enjoys proximity to the spectacular turquoise colored lake, which is its namesake and the Southern Alps. You will come across the stunning Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Its altar window frames a picturesque view of the mighty Southern Alps peeping beyond the lake. In fact, it is one of the most popular photo spots for the tourists.

Lake Tekapo lies in the southern hemisphere that is similar to the Northern Lights. It is one of the most ideal locations in New Zealand to marvel at the amazing symphony of colors coming to life. This riot of light can be best viewed between the months of April and September. The town is known for its absence of light pollution and clear nights, thus making it an excellent viewing destination. If you are planning to visit Lake Tekapo soon, we will make your life simpler. Check out our guide on the top ways to explore and these recommended Airbnbs in Lake Tekapo and enjoy a wonderful vacation.

1. Cozy self contained apartment for two near Church of the Good Shepherd (from USD 107)

Get full access to the Big Sky Apartment hosted by Vicki who lives right near her lake house which is both located in Lake Tekapo. Guests of two can book this self-contained flat with its own private entrance and is self-check-in best for those who value their privacy when traveling. The apartment is situated in the quiet part of Tekapo but isn’t far from downtown hotspots, convenient for those who wish to explore the area. The cozy minimalist-inspired flat has a king-bedroom for couples, as well as a kitchen with ample counter space for those who wish to cook in more than eat out. There are a small patio and balcony for mornings where you wish to have your cup of coffee outdoors, as well as other amenities like air conditioning, cable TV, heating, hot water, and Wifi access for those visiting the area but still, have to do some work. The Big Sky is surrounded by lush greenery with a stunning view of Mt. John and the mountain vistas, as well as a private gate, conveniently just a five to ten-minute walk to downtown. Vicki’s place also allows guests to see a view of The Cairns Farmyard where llamas, sheep, and other farm animals roam the place; truly a sight to see first thing in the morning.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
895 meters (0.6 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
233 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good heating system during winter and hearty breakfast spread
bed was incredibly comfortable the kitchen and bathroom had more than enough amenities for my partner and i
there is a lovely array of breakfast goodies and snacks for guests to enjoy
cozy great apartment w excellent views only 5 min easy stroll to lake tekapo and town
wonderful little house with lots of room and filled with thoughtful touches from the owners
very clean and spacious
great place excellent communication lovely clean warm apt
easy access and clean
clean tidy very comfortable and thoughtful
apartment well equipped clean and comfortable
they were wonderful hosts
really kind host highly recommended
she was quick to respond and gave helpful recommendations
graham and vicki were outstanding hosts
very respectful and thoughtful hosts
easy walk to town center and to nearby activities such as the hot springs
wonderful apartment that is close to lake tekapo
the location of the house is awesome quiet and private only 2-3 mins walk distance to the town centre
the location of the apartment is also perfect for guests visiting lake tekapo and around
great self contained apartment close to tekapo
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2. Charming cabin in secluded area with lake and mountain views (from USD 52)

Travelers headed to Lake Tekapo already know that the nature-infused area has a ton of nature walks, hikes, and canyoneering activities in store for adventure junkies to come to participate in. Whether you’re participating in a tour or doing it manually by yourself, the most strategic thing to do is to find a place just nearby. Hotels may not be the best option as mountain hikes and tours would take longer if you’re coming from the city center. Instead, book a night ow two at Tekpo Cabin Garden where guests of two can easily get crash on a comfy queen bed accompanied by easily accessible amenities like Wifi, hot water, heating, cooking basics in the kitchenette for early morning brekky prep and free street parking for those who took a road trip up to Tekapo. Enjoy your nature adventure at Lake Tekapo and journey to the mountain with fantastic shots of the most scenic mountains in the area.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
792 meters (0.5 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
529 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in treehouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
tekapo's night can be very cold but the heater in this room can keep your night very warm
the bathroom/kitchenette was super close by
nice and cozy room perfect place to relax after a day of exploring tekapo
the bed had super warm blankets though thanks tim and bridget for a great stay
basic but adequate cooking facilities
really clean and warm too
very nice and clean privet room
we had a great stay a really clean and cosy room
great cozy bungalow our room was clean and comfortable
the room is clean with great location
cosy & very friendly hosts
tim and bridget were great hosts
the host is very warm and helpful
very friendly welcoming and helpful hosts
tim and bridget were great hosts as they were very friendly and welcoming
super close to the restaurants
the location was perfect very near the town center
great location and great value
fantastic location great cosy cabin
great cabin in the perfect location
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3. Starlight Sirius and Vega suite (from USD 194)

Situated only a short walk away from the picturesque viewing area of the Cowans Hill, this beautiful house offers you hotel-like conveniences and home-like comfort. Suitable for 6 people at a time, this accommodation in Lake Tekapo boasts 2 elegantly furnished bedrooms with 3 comfy beds and 2 clean attached bathrooms. It is an excellent spot to view the stars. There are 2 garden balconies that further enhance the charm of the place. The Sirius room and the Vega room can be also booked separately. Equipped with an amazing fireplace and a functional kitchen, some other facilities are iron, heating, dryer, and air conditioning.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
762 meters (0.5 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
135 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in home 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
full view kitchen and wonderful living room
kitchen has outstanding views
the view from the apartment is beautiful
the lounge area and kitchen with the balkony are nice to look at the stars
the place was really good with amazing views from the upstairs living room
very clean and tidy
very clean and well-maintained
starlights is a very clean and cozy place to stay
beautiful place so clean and the fireplace was so cool
clean and nice star gazing during the night
even a friendly phone call from the hosts would have been appreciated
the guests are very friendly and easy to get along with
the host's tips regarding local food and places of interests were extremely helpful and accurate
the house is great and the hosts were helpful and prompt with communication
super close to lake tekapo
best location and well-equipped house
easy check in and good location
good location near the lake and center of town
location is good with fantastic view
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4. Milky Way cabin (from USD 130)

Enjoying a close proximity to the lake, this modern sparkling clean and self-contained cabin was constructed in 2017. It has been designed with minute detailing for maximum home-like comfort. Location is an important USP for this homestay as it is situated only a stone’s throw away from the center of the village. There are several cafes and restaurants, a tavern, post office, and a supermarket nearby. The Lake Tekapo holiday home can comfortably accommodate 2 persons and has a well-furnished bedroom with a bed and a full bathroom. Guests can enjoy facilities like private entrance, a functional kitchen, television, heating, and air conditioning during their stay.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
781 meters (0.5 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
632 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
would benefit from wifi and a toaster but would recommend
there is no wifi but who needs it with such amazing sights to take in
the powersockets have a usb outlet which is awesome in this day and age
the place itself is sparkling clean and comes with all amenities (except wifi :))
it is sweet that he bathroom has floor heating
a spotlessly clean little cabin
very clean and modern
extremely clean and comfy space
its sparkling clean modern and stylish
the room was very morden clean and tidy
very nice and friendly host
matt was very friendly
matt is hospitable and kind to show us how to us the facilities
matt was a great host greeting us as we arrived
matt is a great host friendly and nice
location is great though
great location for exploring lake tekapo
the location is perfect - just a minute away from the supermarket and restaurants
really spacious and comfortable room located in a safe neighbourhood
beautiful accommodation and a lovely location close to town
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5. Blue Star Inn Tekapo (from USD 94)

Welcome to this relatively new but well-equipped private guesthouse in Lake Tekapo. Guests are assured of complete privacy as the stay is entirely detached from the space of the owner. The room offers a stunning view of the night sky and the great mountain. It is suitable for a maximum of 2 adult guests plus a kid (aged two or under). There is a well-kept and neat bedroom with a comfy king-size bed and a modern bathroom. Facilities such as hairdryer, private entrance, Wi-Fi access, and television are provided to the patrons. The Church of Good Shepherd and the lake are a short drive from here.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
937 meters (0.6 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
572 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view you get from the small living room and bed is really beautiful
the studio room is really well built and the interior is fully modern
the apartment was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed - a kettle tea/coffee and bathroom products
i would fully recommend this amazing apartment to anyone
the bed was very warm and comfortable and ryoko even provided us with electric blankets just in case
exceptionally clean lovely thick towels
clean bathroom tidy bedroom and modern house
the place is clean and tidy
very safe and clean room
blue star is very clean and quiet
host is very friendly
good communications with the host
hosts were more than happy to help with advice and tips to do around lake tekapo
hosts were warm and friendly
ryoko was a wonderful host both friendly and kind highly recommended
excellent location and beautiful house
this house was close to tekapo lake like walking 5mins around
great little place close to the lake
location and facilities are amazing
book here this location is absolutely amazing
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6. Studio at Cairnsmore (from USD 121)

Situated conveniently near The Cairns Golf Course in Lake Tekapo, this pretty apartment offers spectacular views of the mountain and the lake. It is also within a walking distance from the village. Contemporarily decorated and furnished, the homestay features a nicely done bedroom with a bed for two, a private bathroom with modern fittings, an equipped kitchenette and a courtyard with a barbecue area. It is really convenient to visit the beautiful lake and the surrounding attractions from here. A string of conveniences in the form of a laptop-friendly workspace, iron, heating, dryer, and air conditioning are rendered to the guests. So, do not waste time and just head here to experience a relaxing holiday.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.09 km (0.7 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
504 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we also loved the electric blankets before jumping into bed
the view was absolutely stunning and we didnt want to leave because it is so comfortable
we loved the view of the lake as we sat in bed in the mornings
fabulous view of lake tekapo from the apartment
you can view the lake at the comfort of your room
v clean and well kept
really clean and lovely place to stay
excellent accommodation and very clean
the apartment is very clean and comfortable
very nice and clean place
the hosts are so nice
the host is so friendly to give help and advice
they were very welcoming and helpful
great house with great hosts
we can recommend these hosts highly
the location is perfect walking distance to everywhere
the location of the house is brilliant
super close to town as well
stunning house with great location we loved our stay
the location was perfect being just a 5 mins drive to the lake and shops
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7. Private and comfortable unit

Located only 10 minutes away from the town of Lake Tekapo by foot, this comfortable property is perfect for a night or two. A private entrance leads to the deck where guests can sit and stargaze or laze around under the sun. A kitchen with basic facilities like BBQ and microwave can be accessed by the patrons. Ideal for 2 persons, there is a comfortably furnished bedroom with a squishy bed, an attached bathroom, and a living room with unlimited Wi-Fi access and Sky TV. Other amenities include free on-site parking, television, heating, and air conditioning. Stay in this homely property and enjoy your holiday.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
770 meters (0.5 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
206 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great balcony space & fantastic facilities
the house is equipped with all basic amenities and has a bed warmer as well
the room is fantastic very spacious and full with amenities with it's own living room
the bed comes with heater and hence v comfortable during cold weather
we appreciated the living room space that was attached to the guest room
very clean and spacious
all very clean and comfortable
place was clean and tidy
alex’s place was very clean and comfortable
alex’s flat is clean and comfortable
alex was a great & helpful host
the hosts were friendly and helpful
alex was a welcoming and accommodating host
alex was a great host and was very quick to respond to questions
alex she’s so lovely and friendly
everything is in walking distance in tekapo so location was good
the place is easily located
it’s close to town and very comfy - definitely recommend
very private and great location
good location near to the church
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8. Dunrobin Cotage — central hideway in Lake Tekapo (from USD 111)

Stay in this spacious and new house in Lake Tekapo, which is known for its hotel-like conveniences as well as home-like comfort. It is an ideal abode for families or an excellent getaway for special occasions. The stay offers fabulous views and is located centrally. This Lake Tekapo accommodation on Airbnb is within a walking distance from attractions like seasonal skiing, hot pools, and star gazing. Ideal for 6 persons, there are 4 well-kept bedrooms with 6 comfy bed and 2.5 modern bathrooms. The host provides an array of amenities like a dryer, air conditioning, iron, heating, and indoor fireplace so that you can have a relaxed stay.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
526 meters (0.4 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
580 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 6 Beds 6 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
13) big and grand dining table that can sit 6-8 comfortably
the cottage is extremely well equipped (especially the kitchen)
the place was clean and well prepared for our arrival with clear instructions fully equipped facilities and amenities
modern and extremely comfortable
14) plush and comfortable armchairs for you to sit and relax in the comfort of the warm fireplace
clean and tidy
very clean and comfortable
very beautiful and clean place
very clean and cozy place to stay
very clean & warm - easy 5 minutes to town
jenny is really a good host
jenny was a wonderful host who was very accommodating when we requested to check in early
thanks jenny for being a great host
jenny is also a very responsive and friendly host
great facilities and really lovely host
location is great too
great house in excellent location
wonderful location from the town centre
nice location with short walk to restaurants and lake
good location n well equiped kitchen
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9. Jo's place (from USD 65)

This lovely and modern accommodation in Lake Tekapo is within a few minutes’ walk from the lake, restaurants, and shops. The nice little homestay is ideal for spending some days in the town for your upcoming holiday Suitable for 4 people, it features a neatly furnished bedroom with 2 beds and an attached bathroom. Guests can enjoy complete privacy during their stay as there is a separate entrance for them. You can travel here in your own vehicles since the host provides free parking space. Some other amenities provided here are Wi-Fi access, laptop-friendly workspace, and heating. The bedroom offers picturesque views of the mountain.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
547 meters (0.4 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
469 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable bed and heating was enough for cold weather
cosy and lovely views the room is spacious and adequate
the space was adequate and spacious beds were very comfortable and it felt very homey
no kitchen but basic utensils and a small refrigerator was helpful
very comfortable place to stay
clean room and clean toilet
place was clean and as advertised
place was clean and tidy
clean and spacious for two
a big and clean private room
the hosts are friendly
the hosts are very nice
owner was friendly and gave local recommendations
jo was a wonderful host
host is very nice and friendly
great location it is a walking distance to the town
the location was great
great location / short walk or even shorter drive to the main village area
great location and within walking distance of shops and restaurants
good location just walking distance to lake tekapo and city center
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10. Antair lakeview king bedroom #1

This stunning new house in Lake Tekapo was built in December 2016 and offers an exotic view of the Mt. John, the lake, and the mountain ranges surrounding the lake. It can comfortably sleep 2 persons and has a bedroom furnished with a double bed and television. Guests also have access to the attached bathroom with shower and free toiletries. Although the room is not very big, it is suitable for a brief stopover so that guests can indulge in stargazing. The lodge has 5 bedrooms in total and all guests can share the living room while staying here. On offer are several useful conveniences such as free parking, iron, heating, and cable TV.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.03 km (0.7 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
346 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in rental unit 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great view and communal facilities
the views from our room were amazing
got the room facing the lake and the morning view was lovely
multiple rooms for rent in a house good views and parking
we had an awesome view of lake tekapo and the mountains from our room
place was very clean and tidy
clean hot water and warm
the room is clean and tidy
the room and toilet was clean and cosy
the space was very clean and tidy and modern
host are very friendly couple
great hosts we really enjoyed it
welcoming host that communicates very well
the host told me a good place around the tekapo
nice stay and a great host
great location for star gazing
beautiful place nice and close to everything
the location is not bad actualky but pretty far from what i expected
house is still new tidy and in good location
nice and close to the shores of lake tekapo too
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11. Antair twin bedroom #5

You will love this beautiful new house in Lake Tekapo that enjoys some stunning views of the famous Cairns Golf Course. Suitable for 2 people, there are a furnished bedroom and en-suite bathroom with toiletries and a shower. Guests can access the deck through a separate door altogether. The room is ideal for stargazing and a short stopover. It is a part of the same property that is listed above. A string of necessary comforts like hairdryer, free on-site parking, television, iron, and heating, makes it an idyllic homely abode for the patrons.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.11 km (0.7 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
271 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lovely views lovely little room
the rooms were very comfortable and the patio was a great spot to star gaze during the evening
but electric blankets and netflix help to make you feel comfortable at night
the location is great the house is modern and the electric blankets on the beds were very welcome
comfortable with its own back door for lugging in the bags
clean and cozy space
very clean & tidy
very clean and tidy
the apartment is clean and modern
the space was very clean and looked pretty new
awesome place loved the host
this place is awsome and host is so kind
andy is a super host and very accommodating to our request
thank you for hosting us
everyone is so friendly including meme the cat
a very good location
very good location at lake tekapo
excellent location looking upto lake tekapo
super comfortable cute cat awesome location
great location just over looking the lake tekapo
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12. Ribbonwood Cottage in the heart of Tekapo

Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the village center, Ribbonwood Cottage is the perfect home from home in Lake Tekapo for your upcoming vacation. It is a brand new homestay featuring a perfect mix of rustic and modern ambience and is suitable for a family/group holiday or a getaway for couples. It can sleep a maximum of 6 people and features 4 well-maintained bedrooms with 6 beds and 2.5 bathrooms. Guests get an opportunity of a lifetime stargazing into the mystical night sky of Tekapo. A fully functional kitchen can take care of the cooking needs of the guests. Some key facilities arranged here are air conditioning, laptop-friendly workspace, iron, heating, indoor fireplace.

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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
595 meters (0.4 mi) from The Church of the Good Shepherd
254 reviews  
Entire house 6 Beds 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place is super cool and greatnice view and cozy rooms are waiting for you
the interior was first class and very comfortable
we really had a comfortable stay at the house
we especially loved the fireplace keeping us warm and the picnic table outside
beds and bathrooms clean and simple
place was sparkling clean
very clean and comfortable house wonderful
it’s really clean and comfortable
this place is very clean and exactly as pictured
hosts were super good communicators
host is very responsive and helpful
thank you for hosting us
very sweet hosts and amazing house
jessica is such a helpful host and very responsive
great location and very warm
the location is fantastic
terrific location for up to 8
the house is brilliantly located just a short walk from the village centre and the lake
beautiful place in a gorgeous location
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Luscious Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Come, enjoy a delightful vacation in Lake Tekapo with your dear ones. If you love nature, lakes, and mountains, you have definitely chosen the right holiday destination for yourself. Since a good accommodation is a key ingredient for a successful holiday, check out the above-listed Airbnb vacation rentals in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

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