Fiordland Lodge
Fiordland Lodge

10 Best Hotels in Te Anau

© Fiordland Lodge

Accommodation in Te Anau

With spectacular scenic flights, mind-blowing cruises through the fiords, magnificent glowworm caves and countless hikes, Fiordland National Park is well worth sticking around for a while. One of the most popular bases for such a trip is in the town of Te Anau, located on the edge of a majestic lake of the same name. The town has a huge variety of hotels, motels, hostels, holiday parks and B&Bs. We go through some of our top picks for accommodation in Te Anau in this list of the best hotels in Te Anau.

While you’re here, get inspired for activities in the area with our 10 Things to Do in Fiordland.

1. Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Enjoy breathtaking lake views, colourful gardens and relaxation at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. The lakefront four-star hotel boasts 112 rooms including villas and deluxe suites. While some rooms provide the basics for the budget-conscious traveller, others provide luxurious extras like a spa bath to ease those pains from the hiking trails. Alternatively, unwind with a massage, in the spa pool, sauna or swimming pool. Additionally, try South Island specialities at the Lakefront Terrace and try New Zealand wine and beer at the bar.

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© Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

2. Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

A no-nonsense hotel with only two styles of room, Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau by Millennium Hotels is well worth considering. The Standard Room and the Superior Room are both ideal for couples, small groups and families. The rooms have all the standard expected amenities in well-appointed rooms. During your stay, make use of the on-site restaurant serving Kiwi specialities along with tremendous lake views. What’s more, the hotel is as close to the lake as you can get, plus only a short walk from the town centre.

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© Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

3. Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Another fabulous hotel by Distinction Hotels, Distinction Luxmore Hotel offers an alternative hotel in Te Anau. The 180-room complex is conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau making it easy to catch a tour or check out the town’s restaurants. The hotel offers something for everyone, from couples seeking a bit of pampering in the Deluxe Suites with a spa bath and super king beds to families looking for accessible and/or affordable rooms. The hotel also has two eateries, one cafe and one restaurant famous for its carvery meals. See more suitable rooms for families in Te Anau in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Te Anau.

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© Distinction Luxmore Hotel

4. Fiordland Hotel

This three-star hotel is your most affordable hotel offering in Te Anau. There are three styles of rooms, each cosy but will all the essential amenities, such as an ensuite bathroom, TV, refrigerator and tea/coffee-making facilities. Some rooms have a balcony and offer mountain views. Other facilities include a solar-heated swimming pool and hot tubs. The lake is just five minutes walk away, while the town centre is about 10 minutes away.

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© Fiordland Hotel

5. Radfords on the Lake

An eco-friendly escape awaits at this hotel/motel hybrid. Radfords on the Lake has superbly-appointed apartments and suites for couples, small groups and families, each featuring a small kitchenette, Sky TV, free WiFi, plunger coffee and other hot drinks. Staying at the hotel means you’ll also have access to free bike hire and free use of the laundry facilities. Hire a DVD and the money is donated to the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary! For more motel-style accommodation, see our 10 Best Motels in Te Anau.

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© Radfords on the Lake

6. Lakefront Lodge

Modern, stylish and close to the lake, the Lakefront Lodge is an excellent choice of hotel in Te Anau – although it’s another accommodation in the style of a motel. The Studio Units are ideal for couples, while the collection of one-bedroom motel units are the best choice for families or small groups 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. There’s even the option to upgrade to a Standard One Bedroom with a spa bath.

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© Lakefront Lodge

7. Fiordland Lodge

This timber lodge is one of your more luxurious offerings in Te Anau, featuring 10 rooms and two stand-alone cabins. Each room boasts commanding views over Lake Te Anau. The Executive Suites and Deluxe Lodge Rooms are ideal for couples celebrating a special occasion, while families and groups will find ample space in the Two-Bedroom Lodge Studio or Owners Residence. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Te Anau.

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© Fiordland Lodge

8. Loch Vista Bed & Breakfast

B&B meets hotel at the Loch Vista Bed & Breakfast. The B&B is set on four acres of land overlooking the stunning Lake Te Anau, best enjoyed from the breakfast bar while indulging in your included continental breakfast. Enjoy local hospitality and rooms with hotel-style amenities including an ensuite bathroom and breathtaking views. Plus, you’re already on your way to Milford Sound when you stay at this rural B&B on the Milford Highway 5km (3 miles) outside of Te Anau.

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© Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation

9. Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

Another type of accommodation Te Anau is not lacking is holiday parks. If you’re on a budget, they are well worth considering, especially the Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park with camping sites, backpacker hostel, cabins and motel rooms. Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be able to benefit from the extensive array of holiday park amenities, from a sauna/spa pool to a children’s playgrounds. Free WiFi is also available. See more holiday parks in our list of 5 Best Holiday Parks in Te Anau.

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© Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

10. Barnyard Backpackers

Finally, those who are on a tighter budget will find relief at the Banyard Backpackers. Experience Kiwi country living at this homely hostel situated just a short drive from Te Anau town centre. Barnyard Backpackers offers some excellent views of the surrounding hills while having all the necessities for a budget-friendly stay: free limited WiFi, a spacious kitchen, pool table and more. See more hostels in the area in our 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Te Anau & Milford Sound.

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© Barnyard Backpackers 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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