The Hollows Luxury Log Cabin
The Hollows Luxury Log Cabin

10 Best Accommodation in Te Anau for Foodies

© The Hollows Luxury Log Cabin

Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation 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, hotels with restaurants, and an array of town eateries. We’ll go through some of your best accommodation options in this list of the best accommodation in Te Anau for foodies.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the 10 Things to Do in Fiordland, as well as 5 Te Anau Must-Dos.

1. Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Let’s start with a hotel boasting two choices of eateries. The Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas is a lakefront four-star hotel boasting 112 rooms from affordable garden-view rooms to luxurious villas and deluxe suites overlooking the lake. As well as hotel facilities including a swimming pool, spa, sauna and massage services, the Distinction Te Anau Hotel also has two restaurants, one specialising in South Island cuisine at the MacKinnon Restaurant while the Explorer Bar is a relaxed area to enjoy New Zealand wine and beer as the sun goes down.

Check the Distinction Te Anau Hotel out:

© Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

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 10 Family Accommodation 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.

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© Birchwood Cottages

3. Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park

For a budget stay in 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 Accommodation in Te Anau.

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© Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park


4. Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

Admittedly, this accommodation is not in Te Anau but is still worth considering when looking for accommodation on the edge of Fiordland National Park. Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn is a scenic 15km (9 miles) drive from Te Anau in Manapouri where trips to Doubtful Sound depart. The budget accommodation not only has a range of units and studios available, from Unserviced Units (i.e. if you stay more than one night they don’t get refreshed) to Deluxe King Studios, but they have their own cafe/bar. The Lakeview Cafe menu features a range of crowd-pleasing pizzas, a kids menu and Kiwi meals like venison and blue cod. Free WiFi and a children’s playground are also available.

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© Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

5. Anchorage Motel Apartments

An environmentally-conscious motel with 16 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, reduce energy and provide handy eco tips for guests. As for accommodation, all accommodation here is self-contained including a Studio with a kitchenette, 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. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Te Anau.

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© Anchorage Motel Apartments

6. Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau by Millennium Hotels provides an alternative hotel in Te Anau with a restaurant. There are two types of flexible rooms available: the Standard Room and the Superior Room, both ideal for couples, small groups of friends and families. The well-appointed rooms have all the standard hotel amenities while providing a comfortable base for Fiordland exploration. What’s more, make use of the on-site restaurant, Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen and Bar, serving Kiwi specialities along with tremendous lake views.

Check the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau out:

© Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

7. Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Another hotel by Distinction Hotels, Distinction Luxmore Hotel offers a more convenient location in Te Anau for access to the local cafes and restaurants. The 180-room hotel located in the heart of Te Anau provides something for all traveller types including couples seeking luxury in the Deluxe Suites with a spa bath and super king beds and perhaps families seeking accessible rooms for wheelchair users. The hotel also has two eateries, Bailiez Cafe & Bar being a popular choice with the locals, while Hilights Restaurant is famous for its carvery meals.

Check the Distinction Luxmore Hotel out:

© Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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, 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.

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© Lakeside Motel & Apartments

9. The Hollows Luxury Log Cabin

For a romantic and luxurious stay in Te Anau check out The Hollows, located at the foot of Lake Te Anau overlooking the Te Anau Golf Course. What makes this stay a foodie experience is the delivery of fresh breakfast supplies daily including fresh farm eggs, venison sausages and bacon, freshly-baked bread, croissants, homemade muesli and more. The cabin has a master bedroom and a mezzanine bedroom, as well as a lounge area with a cosy gas fire and an open-plan kitchen and dining area. See more accommodation like this in our 7 Best Romantic Accommodation in Te Anau.

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© The Hollows Luxury Log Cabin

10. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

Last but by no means least, 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.

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© Bella Vista Motel Te Anau


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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