Bella Vista Motel Te Anau
Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

10 Best Budget Accommodation in Te Anau

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Cheap Accommodation in Te Anau

We get it: with glorious Fiordland cruises, Great Walks, scenic flights, glowworm tours and more, your money is worth saving for experiences rather than where you sleep for the night. Te Anau has an excellent choice of high-quality motels and holidays parks to suit even the tightest of budgets and meet the needs of a range of travellers. Check out some of our top picks in this list of best budget accommodation in Te Anau!

Note that Te Anau’s accommodation rates are seasonal, where you’ll find the best rates in the off-peak season (May-October). For more budget rooms, see our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Te Anau & Milford Sound. Plus, check out how to fill your time in Te Anau with our tips in 10 Things to Do in Fiordland National Park.

1. Edgewater Motel

Located just mere moments away from the shores of Lake Te Anau, Edgewater Motel is a fine base for your Fiordland exploration. The motel offers motel units and apartments to suit a range of styles and budgets, but even budget travellers staying in the Standard One Bedroom Unit will benefit from fresh decor and a practical kitchenette. Units sleep one to four people. Guests can also make use of the free WiFi, free bike hire, an on-site barbecue, outdoor picnic area and more.

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Edgewater Motel© Edgewater Motel

2. Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

Enjoy expansive views of Lake Te Anau from your campervan or motel room when staying at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels. Budget travellers are spoiled for choice here with camping sites, a backpacker hostel with double, twin and quad rooms, private single rooms in a “village-like” complex, and three-star standard cabins with layouts available as double, twin, triple and quad. Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be able to benefit from the holiday park amenities, from a sauna/spa pool to a children’s playground. Free WiFi is also available. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Te Anau.

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Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels© Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

3. Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park and Motels

Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park makes it all too easy with their central location across the road from eateries, the supermarket and less than 10 minutes walk from the lakefront. While sleek and stylish motel units are available, your best budget options lie in the private cabins with breakfast-making facilities, a TV and heater, as well as the 10-bed backpacker dorm and 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.

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Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park and Motels© Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park and Motels

4. ASURE Amber Court Motel

If you’re a couple looking to upgrade to a stylish four-star motel or a group/family looking for great value then set your sights on the Amber Court Motel. The motel has reasonably-priced Super King Studios with all the fixings including “SuperKing” beds, 47″ TVs with Sky TV, kitchen facilities and free WiFi. Families will find ample space in the Family One-Bedroom with additional sofa and dining table to complete the home-away-from-home experience. What’s more, Amber Court Motel is located in a quiet corner of Te Anau just a short walk away from the lakefront.

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ASURE Amber Court Motel© ASURE Amber Court Motel

5. Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

Admittedly, this budget accommodation is not in Te Anau but is still worth considering. Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn is a scenic 15km drive from Te Anau in the small town of Manapouri where trips to Doubtful Sound depart. As well as a convenient cafe/bar on site, the motor inn provides a good selection of budget accommodation, from Unserviced Units (i.e. if you stay more than one night they don’t get refreshed) to Deluxe King Studios. While there are no kitchen facilities, guests can use the communal barbecue, order breakfast and, of course, make use of the bar. Free WiFi and a playground are also available. See more accommodation with restaurants on our list of 10 Best Accommodation in Te Anau for Foodies.

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Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn© Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

6. Getaway Te Anau

Another fantastic holiday park choice in Te Anau is the Getaway Te Anau. From campsites to apartments, there’s something for everyone. The cabins and units provide the best value for couples, groups and families with access to communal facilities, such as a kitchen, bathrooms and free gas barbecues. Note that cooking equipment needs to be provided or hired unless you are staying in a Family Cabin. Other drawcards to Getaway Te Anau include the hot tubs overlooking Lake Te Anau, the “Hobbiton-inspired” sauna, games room and a children’s playground.

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Getaway Te Anau© Getaway Te Anau

7. Lakeside Motel & Apartments

Looking for fully self-contained accommodation at a good price? Then check out Lakeside Motel & Apartments. Even their most budget offering, the Garden Small One Bedroom, has a full kitchen and ensuite bathroom, as well as luxurious extras like underfloor heating to take the Southland chill off. What’s more, the Lakeside Motel & Apartments is literally across the road from the lake and its surrounding mountains.

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Lakeside Motel & Apartments© Lakeside Motel & Apartments

8. Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park

Stay in a holiday park just out of town at the 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 like the Lakeside Path (50 minutes). As well as expansive gardens and a relaxed atmosphere, the holiday park features ultra-affordable cabins with communal bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and barbecues. Alternatively, upgrade to one of the self-contained motel studios.

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Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park© Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park

9. Parklands Motel

Step into a classic-style Kiwi motel along with views of the mountains and Te Anau Memorial Gardens. While Parklands Motel might not win any style points (depending on who you are, of course), the price is hard to beat for a private room with breakfast-making facilities or a kitchenette. Queen and twin units are available, as well as ultra-affordable family rooms. The motel has all the usual facilities, including a communal kitchen, barbecue area, free limited WiFi, playground and car wash area.

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Parklands Motel© Parklands Motel

10. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

Last but certainly not least, Bella Vista’s presence across New Zealand is also evident in Te Anau. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau is the closest motel to the town centre and offers a range of simplistically stylish rooms, from a budget Compact Queen Studio to the ultra-practical One-Bedroom Apartment. Most rooms are self-contained and three of the units have a spa bath. Facilities include free WiFi, a barbecue area and breakfast is available.

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Bella Vista Motel Te Anau© 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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