Dog-friendly Tekapo accommodation

As dog lovers ourselves, we know how hard it can be to find pet-friendly holiday homes that welcome your family pooch!

Benji loving the walks from his dog-friendly Tekapo holiday home, Castle Hall

Lake Tekapo in the legendary Mackenzie Country is a fantastic destination for dogs, offering plenty to see and do within a short distance of your holiday home.  Walking and cycling tracks abound and the extensive dog-friendly Lake Tekapo Regional Park is right on your doorstep and even includes a fully fenced dog park.  After exploring, enjoy a coffee or bite to eat at one of the many village cafes & restaurants offering outdoor dining.

18 of our holiday homes welcome well-behaved house trained dogs, with accommodation options ranging in size, budget and luxuriousness.

Accommodation perfect for couples or a solo escape with your dog:

  • Lilybank Cottage - cosy, private modern 1 bedroom cottage with fully fenced section. Sleeps 2. Port-a-cot available.
  • The Red Nest - self-contained compact 2 bedroom cottage. Unfenced but has great walks literally out the back door. Sleeps 2.

Properties great for a young family and your family pet:

  • Connemara Retreat - fully fenced, renovated older home. 3 bedrooms/2bathrooms. Sleeps 6. 
  • Kaltech House - fully fenced centrally located spacious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home. Sleeps 6. 
  • Kentmere Cottage - modern 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home with outdoor bath and fully fenced section. Sleeps 6.

Budget-friendly classic kiwi holiday homes:

  • Araki - spacious, newly renovated older home just a few minutes walk to village. 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms. Sleeps 6. Unfenced.
  • Beech Cottage - private, quiet older-style cottage with 2 double bedrooms/1 bathroom. Sleeps 4. Unfenced.
  • Church View - 3 bedroom/1 bathroom classic kiwi bach. Fenced deck & back section. Sleeps 6.

Mollie has her favorite dog-friendly Tekapo holiday homes and walks

Larger homes to fit several families, your dog and the boat:

  • Bedrock - 4 bedroom/2 bathroom home perfect for large groups or 2 families. Sleeps 12. Unfenced.
  • Castle Hall - modern open plan 4 bedroom/2 bathroom home. Heated ski gear cupboard. Sleeps 8. Unfenced.
  • Hazel's House - newly built 4 bedroom home with multiple bathroom spaces, heated ski gear cupboard. Sleeps 8. Unfenced.
  • Lake House - 3 bedroom/3 bathroom home elevated above Tekapo. Sleeps 8. Fenced area, kennel and garage available.
  • Serendipity - great for large groups, 4 bedroom/2 bathroom. Sleeps 10. Unfenced.
  • Tekapo Escape - 2 queens, 2 bunk rooms + wooden infant cot. Sleeps 12. Unfenced.

Pet-friendly homes with a touch of luxury and lake views:

  • Lake Watch - spacious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home with uninterrupted views. Sleeps 6. Unfenced.
  • Loch View - modern home with stunning panoramic views. Sleeps 8 in 4 queen bedrooms. Unfenced.
  • Number 8 - contemporary home wonderfully set-up for 2 families. Sleeps 10. Unfenced.
  • Takapo Retreat - luxurious and private lodge with spas & swimming pool. Sleeps 10. Fenced courtyards.

Which dog-friendly holiday homes are available for my dates?

To find available options choose 'Dogs welcome' from the ‘Advanced’ search options at the top of this page.  Alternatively contact us to discuss what's best for you and your 4 legged friend.  

Dogs need to be booked in prior to arrival, we ask pet owners to follow a few simple requests while staying and there is a $20 dog stay fee - further details can be found on our FAQs page.  

Alaska the Shepherd enjoying the Tekapo lakefront

Where can I walk my dog in Tekapo?

On leash dogs are welcome throughout the village centre and our walks page highlights other dog-friendly options in and around Tekapo and the Mackenzie.

Which are the pet-friendly cafes & restaurants?

Check out our list of Tekapo's cafes & restaurants for those which offer outdoor seating where you can dine with your dog.

Reviews from dog loving travelers who have stayed with Discover Tekapo:

"Absolutely loved staying here and it was made even better as our dog was able to stay too! Perfect location and size for a couple and pet" - Nicole, stayed at Lilybank Cottage March 2022

"We had the most wonderful time. It was fantastic that we could take our dog and he had a fabulous time as well being away with his "pack" - stayed at Castle Hall Nov 2020

"Beautiful location with lake views and easy access to bike/hike trails. Dinner outside on the deck was just perfect! Also great that our dog could just come along, not always easy to find" - Tania, stayed at Loch View March 2022

"Tekapo tranquility. Sitting outside in the late afternoon sun with a cold drink and taking in the view down Lake Tekapo. Magic. Great to take our Labrador - she enjoyed the big screen 'rabbit vision' going on outside" - Steve, stayed at  Number 8 Dec 2021

"Amazing stay!!! Cannot recommend it enough, the photos don’t do it justice. ...even our golden retriever was welcome which is rare for such a beautiful home. We will stay here again for sure"  - Melissa, stayed at Takapo Retreat June 2021.

For more inspiration check us out on the fantastic Dog Friendly New Zealand website.  

"A freshly refurbished home with a great family / living room area and a good kitchen. New beds were very comfortable and the house was very clean. Within easy walking distance to town."

Shepherd's View, Megan (NZ), January 2022