Tekapo Springs, Lake Tekapo

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Kick back and relax in the steaming pools of Tekapo Springs, a series of landscaped bathing areas featuring sweeping mountain views. Don your suit and choose from one of three different heated pools, warmed by the region's natural hot springs to temperatures up to 40 C (104 F). You can enjoy the panorama of the nearby Two Thumb mountains, or have a rinse in one of the pool's fountains. Afterwards, consider heading to the spa facilities for a massage or time in the sauna. Be sure to check the website for information regarding special offers and booking. Put Tekapo Springs into our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lake Tekapo.
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  • Sitting in hot springs with snow falling down is amazing, the kids and parents had a fantastic time and it will be memories for ages with he experience we had. Over 20cms of snow in a few hours and th...  more »
  • Ok, Tekapo Springs is actually an excellent facility. It is good value for money, well appointed and the pools and views did not disappoint. So why the "poor" rating. KIDS! Lots and lots of annoying k...  more »
  • Was not the best weather due to rain but only two pools were open, aquaplay out due to weather which was included in the price. The pool was quite nice but not really hot enough maybe due to weather? ...  more »
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  • Not just any hot springs, but perhaps one of the best you'll ever visit! Featuring a few pools of different temperatures and formations to suit most peoples needs - even for the kids. The family friendly clean facilities along with nice staff compliment the terrific experience you'll surely have here. Affordable and good value for money along with a gorgeous unforgettable backdrop that will leave you in awe.
  • We bought a bookme voucher for the pools for $12,5pp, which was a great deal! The time was unlimited, but after about 2 hours you don't have anything to do. Everything was clean and nice, but I was disappointed I couldn't lock my bag anywhere - you have to pay for renting a locker, which seems a little ridiculous, should be a normal service. Otherwise there is also sauna, spa and ice rink so if you're not traveling on a budget you'll enjoy it a lot I think.
  • Awesome pools with an amazing view. Make sure you take Jandals or flip flops to walk between the pools in the cooler months. They regularly get snow and ice around the pools in winter, your feet will thank you for it...
  • Got can't beat the outlook over Lake Tekapo. Pools range in temperature with an audits only pill so is slightly quieter than the other pools. They also have ice skating, and a great bar and cafe. Almost $100 for our family. It's a shame they chlorinate the water, so I guess not natural springs as they tell you about? Perhaps this was only added for the time we visited?
  • Amazing in all the ways other reviewers have described, BUT: It's a little weird, and very disappointing, that the hottest pool is 38 degrees (C). I heard multiple other people commenting on this when I was there, so I know it's not just me. It doesn't feel cold, of course, but it only feels slightly hot(ish) for about 30 seconds after getting in, after which it just feels kind of lukewarm. Especially having multiple pools with different temperature levels, there's really no excuse for the "hottest" one being only sort of "quite warm." (Just for comparison, the Hanmer Spring pools go up to 40/41. Doesn't seem like a big difference, but it's very noticeable!)

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Where to stay in Lake Tekapo

Because of its humble size, the small town of Lake Tekapo has a limited amount of accommodations. That said, among the available lodgings you'll find a good variety of options, from scenic resorts and cottages to youth hostels and budget accommodations. Motels provide a good option along the side of the roads leading to and from the town.
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