Lake Pukaki/Lake Tekapo

Tasman Downs Station

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Ph (03) 680 6841

Tasman Downs Station
Lake Tekapo 7945


Lake Pukaki/Lake Tekapo

Tasman Downs Station

Photos of Tasman Downs Station


Property Description

We welcome you to a place of unsurpassed beauty located on the shores of Lake Pukaki, with magnificent views of the lake, Mount Cook and Southern Alps. Our local stone home blends in with the natural peaceful surroundings.
This high country station has been in our family since 1915 and runs mainly Angus cattle. Linda and son Ian enjoy sharing their knowledge of farming with guests. An opportunity to experience farm life with friendly hosts or visit many nearby attractions. Dinner by arrangement. Farm and Hobbit Tours available by arrangement. We have a cat and chickens.


B&B Details

Type: Farmstay
Email: Email this host
Phone: (03) 680 6841
Fax: (03) 680 6851
Beds: 1 Queen
1 Twin
Total 2 Bedrooms
Total capacity for 4 guests
Baths: 1 Guest Share
1 Private
Tariff: Double: $150.00
Single: $100.00
Dinner: $50.00 pp by arrangement
Breakfast: Full (Continental + cooked)
Nearest Town: 24 km W of Lake Tekapo




Location Information

Location of filming for The Hobbit


Reviews: 20 reviews

"We can only advise you to read the reviews below and be assured that all they tell you is still very true. Not to mention the great sense of humor of Linda, one of the most ladylike farmer’s wives we have ever met. And to top it all of (literally) the morning we had to leave Mount Cook came out of the clouds to show us all of her snow capped glory and tell you: yes, you Dutchies chose the right place to be. ferry and trudi tromp, bloemendaal, the netherlands april 2019"

ferry and trudi tromp, 04/04/2019

"A very unique place to stay. You will be amazed by the wonderful views of Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo. Linda and her son, Ian, are the perfect hosts and great company. We enjoyed excellent breakfasts and dinners, all freshly cooked by Linda. Whatever you do, don’t leave without experiencing Ian’s guided tour. We loved it here and if we’re able to return to New Zealand, this will definitely be on our “must visit again” list."

Edward and Sandy, 31/01/2019

"Our 3rd stay in this unique place .What views and a fantastic host who makes the whole experience A1!!!! We hope to return and stay longer .Meals superb and well worth the cost and such good fun with Linda ."

graham ellis, 12/01/2018

"After 3 weeks traveling through the entire we arrived in Tasman Downs wlecomed by Linda... and the entire time spent at Tasman Downs was by far the most unique and rewarding experience of our entire trip. Linda is a marvelous host, the house is splendid, the landscape is the most amazing one we have seen in NZ, the food was delicious. If we were to go back to NZ regardless of the destination we would make sure not to miss to spend at least a few nights in Tasman Downs enjoying the calm and quiet surroundings the breathtaking views and the hospitality of Linda and her cooking skills. A MUST VISIT PLACE FOR ANYONE TRAVELING IN NZ!"

Michael, 23/03/2017

"Tasman Downs is a place worth experiencing. The views are breathtaking and the hospitality is excellent. Very clean and comfortable bed and beautiful food. Hostess charming and warm. Worth the trip"

christine mackinnon, 29/05/2013

"Tasman Downs is in an idyllic location, and is simply a must for the views of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki alone. Add to that the excellent hosts - thank you Linda for looking after me and the conversation, and the fantastic food!! Big thank you to Ian for the farm tour (well worth the extra). Definitely need to return on my next trip to NZ!!"

Mark Davies, 05/03/2013

"We have tried many B&Bs in NZ and you're the best! We had a great hospitality time with you and your son and your grandson! Have a great 2012!"

Jasmine & Yee Loon, 25/01/2012

"This was our second stay at Tasman Downs. Sometimes it is a mistake to revisit an accommodation for a second time. But not this one . Linda made us feel part of the family immediatley and dinner and breakfasts are as good as any you will ever eat. Dinner in the evening is always punctuated by the ever changing views and colours of Mt Cook.. Possibly the best views of Mt Cook anywhere! Linda a superb hostess in a comfortable and welcoming house. An experience not to be missed if you are in the McKenzie Country.Roger & June Baird, England."

Roger Baird, 28/12/2010

"Old world, very comfortable stunning views (due to perfect weather of Mt Cook). A guided trip around the farm, highly recommend. Very friendly."

Terry Nuthall, 24/12/2010

"The drive out to Tasman Downs alongside the Pukaki lake already relaxed us before we arrived. The snow capped hills and Mt Cook made the scenery magic. The stone cottage was rustic in looks and inside felt warm and friendly. Linda is a fabulous cook while we had a lovely corned beef roast and scrumptious cooked veges and various sauces. With creme caramel to follow, we were ready for a talk over the log fire and retired to a comfortable bed. Thank you Linda Marg and Phil Thew and Fran and Dennis Suttling Please email us back."

Margaret and Phillip Thew, 25/03/2010

"What an incredible country! Everyone should visit in their lifetime. A priviliage to stay at this station in the beauty of Lake Pukaki with striking views of Mt Cook. Wonderful hospitality."

Susan Judah, 08/03/2009

"What a priviledge to have stayed with Linda and to have had this remarkable experience of staying on a Station to learn of the stations family history with the incredible views of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki.To have a breakfast cooked on the barbecue when the electricity failed..Linda was unfazed and produced a delicious meal-then Ian took us for a farm tour herding up the black angus cattle with a four wheel drive..endless memories and our most memorable of our visit to this outstanding country. One simply cannot fully appreciate N.Z. without staying in a B@B and meeting these special people who have lived their lives and can share their experiences with you."

Susan Judah, 15/02/2009

"An amazing place to stay, could have looked at the view from the lawn for a week on it's own."

Chris, 27/06/2007

"The memories of my stay here with my father will stay with me forever. As well as the great company, delicious food and oustanding location, nothing could beat being able to step out the house first thing in the morning and walking along the shores of a the huge bright blue lake (Pukaki) with a great snow topped mountain range stretching before you, mount cook looking straight at you, surrounded in wild lupins and nothing but the birds to share it with. Bliss. Linda and Bruce - Thank you for a truely special stay - we miss your company and your incredible house."

Kirsty Hunter, 05/12/2006

"Loved our stay with you. Enjoyed your company very much. Hope to be back your way sometime and hope that you will have a room for us. The views of Mt. Cook were magnificant and worth waiting for."

Philippa and Ernie Platt, 12/11/2006

"Knew it was going to be special from the moment we hit the long stone track passing through the Tasman Downs. Superb hosts, very good food, stupendous views. Very interesting tour of farm. Will always remember being on the lawn at midnight with perfectly clear sky and Mount Cook illuminated and the lake shimmering. Visited in February 2006"

Gillian Jarvis, 03/09/2006

"Made to feel like family. Beauty of the station and outlook unsurpassed. Excellent food and hospitality. Fascinating historically and an important part of NZ history. Have been twice and hope to go again."

Merran Fleming, 22/02/2006

"A great off the beaten track place with loads of history. Fantastic views of Mt Cook particularly early when the sun rises. Tremendous hospitality and good chat in the evening over the log fire and a glass of wine!"

Mike How, 23/10/2001

"Wonderfull experience, will certainnly be back to enjoy more of the good food, humour and relaxed surroundings, a pity we couldn't stay longer"

Sam, 03/01/2001

"Hi!! How are you,family? We are very fine and arrived at Japan safely. We found your homepage, then write a letter to you. Thank you very much for your warm hospitality. We had a very good memory at farm stay in NZ. It was my little dream to stay at farm. If we had more time, we wanted to stay longer. Maybe next time. <br>p.s 1 We were very sorry to arrive lately ,so we missed eating your dinner. <br> 2 Ian, how are your 3 girl friends? I'm kidding.<br><br>Anyway,See you again!!"

Shuko & Shinichi Nishimura, 11/12/2000