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Comfortable, good-value and self-contained units, recently redecorated, and with Sky TV and new flat-screen TVs.
Scenic Route Motor Lodge
This spacious motel is built in early-settler style, but the modern studios include double-glazing, flat-screen TVs and broadband internet. Larger studios have spa baths. You'll find Scenic Route at the northern end of town.
Aspen On King
A three-bedroom apartment features a retro bathroom complete with a bright red bath that’s straight from the Playboy mansion. Other newer units are equally spacious and crisply modern with free broadband internet...
Baywatch Motor Lodge
Busy Evans St is wall-to-wall motels, but one of the best options along Timaru's main drag is the Baywatch Motor Lodge...
Peppers Bluewater Resort
A sprawling resort arrayed around rocky pools and tussocky gardens. Rooms are chic and modern – if sometimes on the small side – but last-minute online discounts make this a place worth considering.
Mountain Chalets Motel
Reader-recommended place with friendly owners and cosy, well-equipped, self-contained A-frame chalets. The cheapest units are studios, but there are a number of two-bedroom set-ups for larger groups or families...
Following a recent refurbishment and with energetic new management, the sprawling Anchor complex is a good-value spot a shortish walk from Caroline Bay. Rooms and dorms are simple, but kept spotless, and just fine if you're transiting north or south.
Aoraki/Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
This modern lodge – with twin, double and family rooms – is the best place to stay in the village. With Turkish rugs and underfloor heating, you're guarenteed a warm welcome...
Yha Lake Tekapo
Friendly, well-equipped little place with a living room adorned with open fireplaces, a piano and outstanding views across the lake to the mountains beyond.
Lake Front Backpackers Lodge
An impressive lakeside place owned by the nearby holiday park (about 1km from the township). Relax by the open fire in the comfy lounge area or take in the sensational views from the front deck. Rooms are modern and bathrooms are top-notch...
High Country Lodge & Backpackers
This sprawling place used to be a basic hostel for construction workers, and is now trimmed with colourful curtains and bright bed linen. Beyond the dorms and the double rooms, a few standalone motel units also see your Kiwi pesos going a long way.
Yha Mt Cook
This excellent hostel has a free sauna, drying room, warming log fires and DVDs. Rooms are clean and spacious, and family rooms and facilities for travellers with disabilities are also available. Try to book a few days in advance...
Comfort Hotel Benvenue
Just 5 minutes’ walk from Caroline Bay Beach, Comfort Hotel Benvenue features a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD player...
Parklands Motor Lodge
Just 5 minutes’ drive from Caroline Bay Beach, this motel offers rooms and apartments featuring a spa bath and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests enjoy 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi per stay...
The Godley Hotel
The Godley Resort has spectacular views of Lake Tekapo and offers a restaurant with a great selection of local specialties, a charming bar, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor spa...
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort is a 5-star hotel close to the shores of Lake Tekapo. This resort offers luxury accommodation, great views and is ideally positioned for exploring the Mackenzie Basin and Southern Alps...
Mantra Lake Tekapo
Mantra Lake Tekapo apartments feature a private balcony or patio and a lounge room with a fireplace. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool and a hot tub overlooking the Southern Alps...
Asure Ashley Motor Lodge
Asure Ashley Motor Lodge offers apartment-style accommodation just 3 minutes’ drive from Timaru town centre. Free cable TV, electric blankets and a fully equipped kitchen are standard on all apartments. Guests enjoy 50 MB of free Wi-Fi per stay...
Glentanner Park Centre
Glentanner Park is a holiday park and activity centre offering affordable accommodation and panoramic views of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Cook National Park. Accommodation options range from self-contained cabins to dormitory rooms...
Aoraki Court Motel
Mount Cook Village
Aoraki Court Motel is a modern accommodation located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. All units feature great views of surrounding mountains and Mount Sefton. There is free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access in the reception area...
Aspen Court Motel Twizel
This motel offers studios and apartments in the heart of the Mackenzie Country, just 100 metres from Ben Ohau Golf Course. All rooms include air conditioning, cable TV and terraces with outdoor furniture...
Ashbury Park Motel
Situated just 5 minutes’ drive from Timaru town centre, Ashbury Park Motel offers spacious apartments with cooking facilities and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included each morning. Double-glazed windows are fitted to sound-proof and insulate rooms...