"The view over the lake is great (if you get that side of the complex), the bed was comfy and the room was a good size. So the place has a lot going fo ... " More

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Hotel Description

At The Godley Hotel you'll be within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd. Highlights at this ski hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

Free WiFi, TVs, and hairdryers are featured in all 70 rooms. Additionally, fridges and phones are available.

The restaurant, Restaurant and Bar, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and laundry facilities. Each morning buffet breakfast is served between 7 AM and 9:00 AM.

With a stay at this 3-star Lake Tekapo hotel, you'll be 2 km (1.3 mi) from Tekapo Springs.

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$180 per night

Family Apartment with Lake View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Family Lake View Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, Lake View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Godley Hotel ratings based on 291 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Godley Hotel

Everyone (133) Business (1) Couples (112) Students (1) Family (44)
3 out of 5
Good position but the renovations made it less pleasant. The management did warn us about this

Posted by on 22 Feb. 2019

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3 out of 5
Quite dated, small room, bed not very comfortable, old school breakfast dining experience

Posted by on 9 Jan. 2019

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3 out of 5
Best location for everything but facility too old !

Posted by on 1 Jan. 2019

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3 out of 5
Awesome location! Staff and service excellent, hotel is tired and run down and needs some tlc

Posted by on 22 Dec. 2018

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4 out of 5
We had the family room. This was perfect for us, lots of room, a great view of the lake with nice big windows opening up toward the lake. only problem with the windows is privacy as other guest and public can walk pass so leaving the windows open is at your discretion. but that is only a minor issue. The kitchen was more then adequate for us to cook and eat dinner and breakfast. The family room also had a dinning room which was great. The building is a bit dated but everything was more then sufficiently maintained and the bed were good. The only issue was the heater in the main room was making a cracking sound so we had to turn it off and the room got a bit cold. otherwise the stay was very good and I would book again

Posted by , from Australia on 19 Oct. 2018

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 24 Sep. 2018

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5 out of 5
It is a nice place to stay and relax...Recommend it to every one passing Lake Tekapo...

Posted by , from Christchurch on 10 Sep. 2018

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2 out of 5
Cons: Hotel need refurbishment
Heater did not work, was told if did use electric blankets which did not work. Heater made loud noises

Posted by on 3 Sep. 2018

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4 out of 5
value for money with a great view, very close to centre of town

Posted by on 27 Aug. 2018

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3 out of 5

Nice except for the small things

Pros: Comfy large bed, good sized room.
Cons: Quite worn down in areas, and a comically small TV.
Location: Beautiful location and view, of the amazingly blue Lake Tekapo. A great balcony to star gaze from too.
The view over the lake is great (if you get that side of the complex), the bed was comfy and the room was a good size. So the place has a lot going for it. But when you look closer, you'll see many layers of paint coming off the door handle to the bathroom, the towel rail just starting to come away from the wall, chipped tiles, parts coming off the corner join in the room and such. The TV was also comically small, not a huge amount bigger than a laptop screen. Having said all that, ultimately the small details I mentioned don't take away from it being a comfy place to stay, so I'd still recommend it overall.

Posted by on 13 Aug. 2018

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. The business-friendly The Godley Hotel also features an outdoor pool, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a fireplace in the lobby. Self parking is free. This 3-star Lake Tekapo hotel is smoke free.

  • 70 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 4 buildings
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Timaru (TIU-Richard Pearse) (96 km / 59.6 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Godley Hotel offers 70 forms of accommodation with a hairdryer. This Lake Tekapo hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a bath and shower. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Television
  • Fridge
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 9:00 AM.

Restaurant and Bar – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 10:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM until 10:30 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 10:30 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests requesting specific accessibility needs should contact this property in advance. Contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7 AM - 10:30 PM
Guests arriving after 10:30 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 42.55.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit or credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation.

  • No lifts


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: NZD 19 for adults and NZD 9.5 for children (approximately)
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Godley Hotel Lake Tekapo
  • Godley Hotel
  • Godley Lake Tekapo

You should know

  • The seasonal pool will open in October and close in April.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.