We had a connection in Lake Tekapo, so got a decent deal on renting a home. It was our splurge and I wish we took a zero here. Washer (no dryer), kitchen, bathroom, good Internet, and great views. The hostel choices in Lake Tekapo are not that great and fill up really quickly. The houses are off the trail and at least 1K from town and I doubt any other hikers would choose this option, but I figured I’d still put it out there.
Negative: Cold showers
You walk right by this holiday park making it a convenient overnight stop. Plus, they give hikers a great deal on camping and/or staying in one of their rooms. There is a tavern for eating and very little and expensive resupply onsite (we did neither). We got there late and they seemed to run out of hot water for the showers, so that was a downer. But otherwise, great stop!