Lake Tekapo Lodge voted best property in Oceania and Asia by leading accommodation website Booking.com

The world’s number one accommodation booking website, Booking.com, has named Lake Tekapo Lodge the best property in Oceania and Asia in its annual ‘Best of Booking’s Best’ awards.
Based on guest reviews, Booking.com analysed the site’s most popular properties which were then analysed for high scores across key categories such as staff, comfort, service, cleanliness, location and value for money.
Located on the shores of stunning Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie District of the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Tekapo Lodge is owned-and-operated by Stephanie Hagen and Alistair Craig and offers high-end bed and breakfast style accommodation.
Well-travelled with extensive experience in many aspects of business and hospitality, including stints as hoteliers, chefs and winemakers, the couple established their lodge 18 months ago and are multi-generational New Zealanders offering an authentic, professional and friendly Kiwi experience.
After extensive renovations, attention to detail and innovative marketing, this new business, Lake Tekapo Lodge, has found its market.
“Being newcomers, we are proud to contribute further to the success of this wonderful community in Tekapo” says Stephanie Hagen. “Any positive announcement is good news for the entire region”.
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Exceptional hosts at Lake Tekapo Lodge

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Guest room at Lake Tekapo Lodge

Swing Under the Stars

“Swing Under the Stars” with Christchurch Garden City Big Band
The next event to be held in Lake Tekapo will be a supper & dance evening to the Swing & Jazz music of the 1920’s era right through to modern times.
This amazingly talented band from Christchurch will be performing live at the Community Hall on Saturday 31st May from 8pm.
The event is a fundraising evening for the Tekapo Primary School and the local volunteer Fire Brigade.
The ticket price of $50pp includes nibbles, 1 free drink per person and supper and the entertainment from a first class big band.
Cash bar – NO EFTPOS. Doors open from 7.30pm, band playing from 8pm, finishes at 12 midnight.
Tickets are on SALE Now from Raewyn at Tekapo Auto Services, ph 03 6806803 or email swingunderthestars@gmail.com
Internet banking or cash/cheque accepted. Credit cards will incur 3% transaction fees.
Dress code: “Get your Glad Rags on!”
Get a group together and come join the fun. Tables can be reserved – 16 to a table.

NZ Made Fete New Website

The Fete Committee have been working hard organising this years 6th annual NZ MADE Fete. To be held at Mt John Homestead on Sunday 16th March.
New this year is our website www.laketekapofete.co.nz
Take a look around for some great photos of previous years, information on how to find us, check out all the fantastic stallholders attending for 2014.
A few sites still available so if you are a handy person and make something interesting, unique or an artist then please get in touch with Raewyn on tekaponzmadefete@gmail.com

Lake Tekapo Footbridge

The Lake Tekapo Footbridge takes a huge step forward. 

The major part of Stage 1 for the build of the Lake Tekapo Footbridge is now well underway. We started this time last year with the drilling of the test cassion. Now we are placing all the piers. Texco Ltd of Christchurch has been contracted for Stage 1 – the construction of the caissons and placement of the stone casings – and for Stage 2 – the construction and placement of the steel work.

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The first stonework is lowered over the steel caisson and fixed into place.

The pier on the east side is now complete and the crane and drilling machinery have moved to the west side. The east side platform is being removed. One pier will be placed at the end of the west side temporary platform. This should be finished before Christmas. Another one, closer to the bank, should be completed in the second week of January, hopefully beating the lake level rise after Genesis closes their gates on January 6. Another pier will still have to be placed further up the bank. But that will not be susceptible to flooding so the rush to avoid bad weather and lake rise is not such an issue.

The piers consist of caissons – steel tubes welded together and driven into the riverbed to a depth of 9 meters. Concrete is pored into the underground section so no water seeps into the tubes and firmly embeds them in the ground. This method is very similar to the caissons being placed as foundations for high-rise buildings in the Christchurch Rebuild. The section above ground has the stone caissons then positioned over the steel tubes and a cap, that will eventually hold the steel work frame of the bridge, is placed on top.

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The stonework is nearly all in place for the first caisson.

The stonework is almost complete for all the piers. They can be viewed on the west side above the crane. A local stonemason, Dale Karton, has been contracted for this job. The stone is being laid around concrete tubes. We are still waiting the delivery of one more concrete tube. It is exciting to see such a good job near to completion and so in keeping with the stonework on our iconic church.

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The steel cap is welded to the caisson.

Funding is still being sought before we can commence on Stage 2.

Lupins 2013

Overnight we have Lupins flowering in Tekapo! At this stage they are only out in the sunniest areas, it is however looking like a bumper crop is coming.
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We also have some visitors enjoying those same Lupine.
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Then to top it all there is a very cool looking car that’s stopped in….
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The “Lake Tekapo NZ MADE Fete” is underway

The hugely successful Fete will be held again this year on the 16th of March. This event has proved itself very popular over the last years, offering a wide variety of goods and fun things to do.

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Save the Date!!

Planning for the 6th Annual Lake Tekapo NZ MADE Fete is underway.
Mark the date in your calendar now – Sunday 16th March 2014
Our fantastic venue is the Mt John Homestead in Lake Tekapo.
Open 10am – 4pm.
LIVE entertainment from local boys, The B Minors and Sarah Conlan from Twizel. Sarah has recently won a competition for producing the theme song for the Special Olympics to be held in Dunedin at the end of November. “Soaring High”, written & performed by Sarah was selected from dozens of entries around New Zealand. As winner of the competition Sarah will perform “Soaring High” at the National Summer Games 2013 Opening Ceremony.
All our products are New Zealand Made. There will be family entertainment as well as fabulous crafts, art, food, boutique wines, toys, plants, clothing for ladies & children, stoneware and more.

Applications are now open for stalls at the Fete.

For all inquiries please contact Raewyn at tekaponzmadefete@gmail.com

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Trippo reaches the Alpine Springs.

Last weekend Alpine Springs in Tekapo opened the largest portable waterslide in the world. What a fantastic weekend that was, and what a fabulous new addition to put on your list of things to do in Lake Tekapo.

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The new Trippo at Alpine Springs shown in its awesome largeness.

The weather played warm and hot, and many enjoyed the exhilarating experience of speed and a soft water landing in this spectacular slide.

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Trippo in Tekapo on a hot day.

Suitable for all ages, the young and the more mature, everyone can have some fun. The great views and the hot dry summer weather are the perfect companions for a day in the high country.

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The Trippo is for everyone