Lakefront Lodge
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10 Best Family Accommodation in Te Anau

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Kid-friendly Accommodation in Te Anau

If your family mantra is “nothing beats a natural playground” then staying at the edge of the Fiordland National Park is a no-brainer. Te Anau is the gateway to one of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, home to Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves and a wealth of breathtaking hikes. In between family adventures, stay in one of Te Anau’s comfortable motel, holiday park or farmstay accommodation. We list our top picks in this list of best family accommodation in Te Anau.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Things to Do in Fiordland National Park and 5 Te Anau Must-Dos.

1. Birchwood Cottages

Nestled in gardens just five minutes walk from Te Anau town centre, Birchwood Cottages provides an idyllic and convenient setting for a family stay. Most cottages sleep up to eight guests providing ample space for even the largest of tribes. Each cottage provides that “home away from home” experience with multiple bedrooms, a shower and/or bath and a private outdoor area, most of which have private barbecues.

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2. Anchorage Motel Apartments

An environmentally-conscious motel with 16 units, Anchorage Motel Apartments is an excellent choice for an eco-friendly stay for families. As part of the Southland Sustainable Tourism Project, the motel has practices in place to conserve water, reduce energy and provide eco tips for guests. As for accommodation, the best option here for families is the Two-Bedroom Unit with kitchenettes and a TV to keep the little ones entertained. As for location, you’re a short walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre and the lakefront.

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3. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

The popular motel chain, Bella Vista, also has a presence in the little town of Te Anau. Keep things convenient with the motel being the closest motel to the town centre. The motel offers a range of simplistically stylish rooms, including the ultra-practical One-Bedroom Apartment sleeping up to four guests. The apartment has a super king bed and two single beds, as well as an ensuite with a spa bath. Facilities include free WiFi, a barbecue area and breakfast is available.

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© Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

4. Aden Motel

The kids will love the playground, while mum and dad will love the money-saving cooking facilities available at the Aden Motel. The spacious gardens and the barbecue area provide an idyllic setting for families while being only 15 minutes walk from the town centre. The motel offers a range of self-contained apartments sleeping up to five or six guests.

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5. Lakefront Lodge

Modern, stylish and right by the lake, the Lakefront Lodge is an excellent choice for a family holiday. The one-bedroom motel units are the best choice for tribes sleeping four people across a queen and two single beds. Each unit has a convenient kitchenette, as well as WiFi and Sky TV to enjoy in your downtime. Families of three will also find plenty of options, including a pampering in the Standard One Bedroom Spa Bath.

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6. Alpine View Motel

Affordable and comfortable, Alpine View Motel offers rooms for a variety of group sizes including families. The One-Bedroom Unit with a Lounge is a great starting point with a kitchen and bathroom, while the Three-Bedroom Unit ensures everyone gets their own space. But space is never too hard to find with the motel being situated just 100m away from the lakefront. The motel also has a lawn, barbecue area and children’s playground.

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7. Kepler Oaks Chalet

Get the countryside experience at this farmstay just an 8-minute drive from Te Anau. Kepler Oaks is located by the Te Anau golf course and five-minutes walk from the Waiau River, making it the perfect place to escape it all with the family. Your stay will be in a private chalet with a main room, a second bedroom with a twin or king set-up and a bathroom with a spa bath. Baby equipment, toys and bikes are also available.

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8. Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park

Stay in a family-friendly holiday park just out of town at the Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park. The family 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 to fit a family of four with access to communal bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and barbecues. Alternatively, upgrade to one of the self-contained motel studios for a more luxurious family holiday. For more recommendations like this, see our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Te Anau.

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9. Getaway Te Anau

Another fantastic holiday park choice in Te Anau, especially for families, is the Getaway Te Anau. From campsites to apartments, there’s something for every style and taste. The cabins and units provide the best value for families with access to communal facilities, such as a kitchen, bathrooms and free gas barbecues. The Family Cabin has cooking equipment provided, otherwise if staying in some other cabins they may need to be hired. Other drawcards for families to Getaway Te Anau include the hot tubs overlooking Lake Te Anau, the “Hobbiton-inspired” sauna, games room and children’s playground.

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© Getaway Te Anau

10. Lakeside Motel & Apartments

Looking for fully self-contained accommodation for that home-away-from-home family experience? Then check out Lakeside Motel & Apartments. Families have the option of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, a choice of lake or garden view, as well as luxurious extras like underfloor heating. What’s more, the Lakeside Motel & Apartments is literally across the road from the lake and its surrounding mountain views.

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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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