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Lake Tekapo village is a major tourist destination for the South Island of New Zealand, and unfortunately accommodation is often fully booked a year in advance. Therefore all intending participants are urged to book and pay for their accommodation as early as possible.

We are recommending three accommodation providers as the preferred options for conference participants. All are within easy walking distance of the conference venue (Tekapo Community Hall, 8 Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo) and other venues such as the Godley Hotel (for the banquet) and the Earth & Sky Astronomy Centre (for the opening reception).

The three options below have accommodation available for the nights of 20, 21, 22 and 23 October.

Option 1 – Peppers Bluewater Resort (

State Highway 8 , Lake Tekapo South Island


1300 987 600 (AU)

0800 275 373 (NZ)

+61 7 5665 4426 (International)

Property Reception (03) 680 7000
Email: [email protected]

4-star hotel, approximately NZD295 per night per room. This includes

a 15% reduction from standard room rates for conference participants who quote the Promo Code STARLIGHT. This hotel may quickly become fully booked – so make reservations early.

This can we used for bookings from Monday 19th October 2019 – 24 October 2019

Promo code available until 19th September 2019

Promo code will reduce Peppers Bluewater daily rates by 15% and the discount will apply for any available room type.

PLEASE NOTE: With promo code, all rooms are subject to availability at time of booking.

To book and receive 15% off the Peppers Daily Rate and/or Peppers Bed & Breakfast Rate, guests will need to visit: (Note that reservations are made through the Australian central office.)

And follow the simple steps below:

  1. Select the Region and Property, their Travel Dates and the Number of People travelling, and Input Promo Code (STARLIGHT) in the Promo Box – hit SEARCH
  2. You will then see the discount applied to the Peppers Daily rate
  3. Select the room type you wish to book and hit BOOK NOW to proceed to payment screen
  4. Fill in all required details to confirm your booking and hit COMPLETE BOOKING
  5. Guests will receive an email confirmation once all details have been processed.

Once booking is confirmed, it can be accessed via My Bookings on the same website by logging in using the Reservation number on their confirmation and the Surname on the booking.

***PLEASE NOTE: promo codes are only valid for bookings made online and are valid until 30 days prior to the group’s arrival; rooms are subject to availability & will require deposit prepayment. Bookings will also be subject to any minimum night stay restrictions as listed on the website. Online Terms and Conditions apply to these bookings. For full terms & conditions please visit


Option 2 – Discover Tekapo (

This agency manages a large number of holiday homes and one-bedroom studio units in Tekapo.

We have block booked the following for conference participants:

Studio/1 bedroom units:

  • Lakeview Studio A
  • Lakeview Studio B
  • Little Rock TAKEN
  • Riverside Apartment TAKEN
  • Rifugio TAKEN
  • The Snug TAKEN
  • The Red Nest TAKEN
  • plus 4 new studio units soon to be completed (so not on website yet)

2-3 bedroom / 2 bathroom house:

  • Alpine Cottage
  • Bush House TAKEN
  • Kaltech House
  • Kentmere Cottage
  • Lake House
  • Mt Edward View
  • Stargate Retreat
  • Walter Black Place

Participants booking houses may wish to share with other participants. See contact details of others who have registered on the conference website.

To make a reservation email Alex at [email protected] or Delwyn at [email protected] and quote ‘Starlight Conference’.

Phone: +64 3 6806 942
Mobile: +64 022 368 0600

Typical price per night  NZD250 to NZD300.

Option 3 –  Lake Tekapo Motels and Holiday Park (

2 Lakeside Drive
Lake Tekapo

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0800 853853 (free in NZ) or 03 6806825

Tel +64 3 6806824 (international)

We have block booked the following motel units or cabins:

  • 6 studio cabins, at $170 for two people
  • 4 motel units, at $185 for two people
  • 1 single bedroom Kiwi bach at $170 for two people
  • 1 two-bedroom Kiwi bach at $170 for two people
  • 6 cabins without private bathroom at $110 for two people

Most of these units take up to four people with bunks for younger family members. There are extra costs for additional people beyond two. See the website for details of each unit or cabin.

Quote ‘Starlight Conference’ when making a reservation and include Booking Reference 197351.

Backpacker option:

The Lake Tekapo Holiday Park also has backpacker lodge at $37 per person per night in a shared 4- or 6-bed dormitory. Reservations at the above website.

Other accommodation options in Tekapo

The Tekapo Tourism website lists all accommodation in Tekapo:

Accommodation near Tekapo

Fairlie is 35 minutes by car from Lake Tekapo. Twizel is 40 minutes by road from Tekapo. Both these towns are in the Mackenzie District and the following website lists accommodation options throughout the Mackenzie District (including at Lake Tekapo):

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