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Terms of Stay and Check In Information

COVID-19 Policies 

Please check out our COVID-19 Policies here.


Occasionally, due to circumstances beyond our control, the holiday home you booked may be unavailable. If this occurs we will endeavour to accommodate you in an equivalent or better holiday home.

Linen & Supplies

All homes come with linen and towels (except swimming towels). There is enough tea, coffee, toilet paper, etc. for your first night so you don’t have to rush to the supermarket when you arrive. 

Kitchens & BBQs

Kitchens are well equipped so you can cook if you wish. On departure please leave a clean tidy kitchen with dishes washed and dried (or load and start the dishwasher if installed). Many homes also offer barbecues with gas supplied. We just ask that you please clean them after use. ​ 


Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes are all professionally cleaned prior to your arrival by our dedicated staff. When you check out of your holiday home all you need to do is leave it tidy, and wash and dry your dishes. 

Please separate your rubbish into the bins provided for recycling. Instructions can be found in each house.

Winter Conditions

Temperatures can drop to -10 degrees Celsius during winter and we experience ice and snow due to our alpine climate. Please check road conditions and drive cautiously when there has been frost or snow. 

Please also note that New Zealand homes are commonly heated to 18-21 degrees Celsius and do not have central heating. All our houses are heated with either wood fires or electrical heating appliances however please be prepared to wear more clothing indoors than you may be used to. As our mothers taught us, the Kiwi way is to "put on a jersey!!"

Check In & Booking Policies (T's & C's)

Checking in

To collect the keys to your holiday home and pay in full, please come to the Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes office at 8 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo.

Check-in hours are from 2pm – 5pm.

If you expect to arrive later, please call us on (03) 680 6607 to make late check in arrangements. If we have not been informed of your late arrival there will be a $50 late check in fee. 

If possible, please provide an estimated time of arrival and a New Zealand contact phone number when you make your booking. 

If your booking is made within 12 hours of arrival please contact the office on (03) 680 6607 to ensure we are expecting you.

Checking out:

Check out is before 10am on the day of your departure. Please return the key to the Lake Tekapo Holiday Home office.

Please ensure you have left the kitchen clean and tidy with your dishes washed and dried (or the dishwasher loaded and switched on).

Please separate your rubbish into the bins provided for recycling. 


We accept cash (NZD), Eftpos, Visa and Mastercard.
Credit card transactions incur a bank charge equal to 2.5% of the total tariff.

1 Night Stay Surcharge

We accept 1 night stays during non-peak periods but with a surcharge fee of $25 - $50. When you make your booking, under Services, please 'check' the box under Select option indicating you are staying for only 1 Night. Should you fail to tick this option during the booking process, the 1 Night surcharge fee will be added upon your check-in. Thank you.

Additional Charges

A Service Fee of $10 is added at the time of booking (1 Service Fee per property).

Guests may incur a cleaning surcharge of $50 - $100 if the home is left in an excessively untidy state. This includes evidence of pets.

If there is evidence of smoking in the house you will be charged an additional night's stay.

If damage to property through carelessness or negligence is evident after your stay we will charge the cost of repair or replacement back to your credit card. Please report any damage or breakages immediately.


Pets are not permitted except in the following properties (one pet only):
Rylee Retreat 
Pukeko Palace
Ashley Heights
Ashley's Retreat


Late arrivals

If your expected arrival time is after 5pm please inform us so we can make arrangements for you to collect your key. A late check in may incur a surcharge of $50 if we have not been informed prior.

Accurate guest numbers

The Mackenzie District Council has strict bylaws that permit only a certain number of guests at each property.

Please inform us of additional guests prior to check in (including all children). We will amend your tariff accordingly. NB: Children under 6 stay free, but for health and safety we still need to include them in the guest total.

Please note: Failure to inform us of additional guests or children after you have checked in will result in a penalty charge of 200% of the additional guest rate. We also reserve the right to terminate your booking without refund.

Changes to the date of your Booking

Changes to the date of your booking can be made up to 7 days before your arrival with no charge. Changes to the date of your booking made within 7 days of your booking will be charged 100% for the first night's stay.

Please note: Availability of changes are not guaranteed. Please call us on (03) 680 6607 to discuss possible changes.


Cancellations made more than 7 days before your arrival do not incur a cancellation fee.

If cancelled with less than 7 days before your arrival you will be charged in full for the first night's stay.

In case of a no-show, you will be charged in full for the first night's stay.
Please be advised that there is no refund during a multiple-day booking if you decide to shorten your stay after you have checked in.

Parties, excessive noise, disruptive behavior

There are private residents living nearby to every property. Please be respectful and take the noise/music inside at 10.30pm.

Gatherings, parties and functions may not be held without the permission of Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes.

Excessive noise, disruptive behaviour or anything unlawful will be dealt with immediately and may result in you being asked to leave the house immediately.

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