10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Te Anau 🍽️ [2022]
10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Te Anau 🍽️ [2022]

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Te Anau 🍽️ [2022]

© Fergus Hideaway

Where to Find Self-Contained Accommodations and Stays with Kitchens in Te Anau

Food is kind of essential and especially worth thinking about when reaching the more remote areas of your New Zealand travels such as the Fiordland National Park. Luckily, Te Anau makes a great base for Fiordland adventures while providing access to self-catering accommodation. Whether you prefer the privacy of a self-contained accommodation or don’t mind sharing a communal kitchen, we list both options here in the best self-catering accommodations in Te Anau.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the 10 Best Things to Do in Fiordland, as well as the 10 Best Things to Do in Te Anau.

1. Aden Motel

A fantastic and affordable motel in Te Anau with private self-catering facilities, Aden Motel provides self-contained motel units from budget twin or single rooms to full apartments. There’s plenty of space for families with a kids’ playground, spacious gardens and a barbecue area while being only 15 minutes walk from the town centre. Plus, stay entertained and connected with free WiFi and satellite TV in each room. Pets are welcome in some rooms too.

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10 Best Accommodation in Te Anau for Foodies© Aden Motel

2. Birchwood Cottages

Nestled in gardens just five minutes walk from Te Anau town centre, Birchwood Cottages provides a convenient location for trying local restaurants while also providing the option for self-catering. Most cottages sleep up to eight guests providing ample space for even the largest of tribes, making Birchwood Cottages one of our top choices in the 10 Family Accommodations in Te Anau. Each cottage provides that “home away from home” experience with a full kitchen, multiple bedrooms, a shower and/or bath and a private outdoor area, most of which have private barbecues.

Check Birchwood Cottages out:

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3. Annies on Milford

The new kid on the block, Annies on Milford makes self-contained living a little more stylish with its range of superbly-appointed studios and apartments. Choose from studio suites for solo travellers or couples to two-bedroom apartments for groups, all well-positioned to make the most of the spacious grounds and mountain views. The grounds aren’t the only thing that’s spacious, as all of the rooms here are larger-than-the-average in Te Anau.

Check Annies on Milford out:

10 Best Accommodation in Te Anau for Foodies© Annies on Milford

4. Te Anau TOP 10 Holiday Park and Motels

Te Anau TOP 10 Holiday Park makes it all too easy with its central location in Te Anau. The holiday park is just across the road from many eateries and less than 10 minutes’ walk from the lakefront. There are sleek and stylish motel units available or more budget-friendly options like private cabins with breakfast-making facilities, a TV and a heater. There’s also a 10-bed backpacker dorm, as well as powered and non-powered camping sites. Guests will have access to a communal kitchen (use your own cooking equipment or hire them from reception), free WiFi, a children’s playground, free barbecues and more. See how this holiday park compares to the 6 Best Holiday Parks in Te Anau.

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10 Best Accommodation in Te Anau for Foodies© Te Anau TOP 10 Holiday Park

5. Bob & Maxine’s Backpackers

On the edge of Te Anau town, Bob & Maxine’s Backpackers is a spacious and well-equipped backpacker hostel with everything you need for an affordable and fun stay – including a well-equipped communal kitchen. There’s a warm and friendly vibe here, helped by your gracious hosts, while there are comfortable places to relax – the fireplace in the main lounge is a popular hangout. As for rooms, most are shared dorms while a private double room is also available. Remember to check out the nearby alpaca farm that has been entertaining guests for years. Check out more amazing hostels with kitchen facilities nearby in the 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Te Anau & Milford Sound.

Check Bob & Maxine’s Backpackers out:

10 Best Accommodation in Te Anau for Foodies© Bob & Maxine's Backpackers

6. Fergus Hideaway

If your perfect idea of self-contained accommodation is a holiday home, then check out Fergus Hideaway! This three-bedroom two-bathroom property is a very popular choice in Te Anau (book quickly) with modern open-plan living including a spacious kitchen with all the fixings and then some. Dine inside or out on the sun-soak deck and garden. Then, you’re only a short walk (or ride with the bikes provided) from town for supplies or to access Te Anau’s wonderful tours.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Te Anau 🍽️ [2022]© Fergus Hideaway

7. Anchorage Motel Apartments

An environmentally-conscious motel with 14 units, Anchorage Motel Apartments is an excellent choice for a self-catering stay in Te Anau. As part of the Southland Sustainable Tourism Project, the motel has practices in place to conserve water and reduce energy and waste. As for accommodation, all accommodation here is self-contained including a “Studio” with a kitchenette (and some with private hot tubs), while the “One- and Two-Bedroom Units” have more space for groups and families. The location is a short walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre and the lakefront. For more stays with couple-friendly facilities (like hit tubs) check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Te Anau.

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8. Lakeside Motel & Apartments

Check out Lakeside Motel & Apartments for an excellent self-contained accommodation option in Te Anau. One, two and three-bedroom apartments are available with a kitchen, bathroom and a choice of lake or garden view. Not to mention the added luxuries, such as underfloor heating. The Lakeside Motel & Apartments is literally across the road from the lake and a short walk from town. For more motels to peruse, take a look at the 20 BEST Motels in Te Anau.

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© Lakeside Motel & Apartments

9. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

Bella Vista Motel Te Anau keep things convenient by being the closest motel to the town centre and its array of eateries. Not only that but the motel offers a range of simplistically stylish rooms either with a basic kitchenette or a small kitchen to make simple meals. Facilities include free WiFi, a barbecue area and breakfast is available.

Check Bella Vista Motel Te Anau out:

© Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

10. Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park

For a budget stay on the edge of Te Anau with self-catering facilities, check out Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park. The budget accommodation might be a 20-minute walk away from the town centre but that’s all part of the charm, especially with scenic walks available to get to town. As well as expansive gardens and a relaxed atmosphere, the holiday park features affordable cabins with communal bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and barbecues. Alternatively, upgrade to one of the self-contained motel studios for private self-catering facilities. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Te Anau.

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© Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park

More About Self-Catering Accommodations in Te Anau

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Te Anau. For more about planning an epic trip to this stunning corner of the world, check out more of our advice:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our Southland Destination Guide.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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