Where to Find Luxury Lodges, Hotels and B&Bs in Te Anau
Celebrating a special occasion or “just because”? Te Anau has a superb array of high-quality hotels, bed and breakfasts and lodges to make your stay on the edge of Fiordland National Park truly special. Hotels boast a range of desirable facilities you’ll be pleased to return to after a day exploring a World Heritage Area, while bed and breakfasts offer the real Kiwi experience with friendly local hosts and food. Check out our top picks in this list of the best luxury accommodations in Te Anau.
1. Cabot Lodge
One of the most prestigious addresses in the Te Anau and Manapouri area, Cabot Lodge is your ultimate Fiordland luxury retreat. After an arrival drink, the local hosts provide a tour of the extensive property, including its secluded walking trails, private jetty, spa pool and farm where you can immerse in the rural goings-on on 4WD tours. Each evening, guests are treated to a complimentary drink and canapes before indulging in a farm-to-plate set-course dinner. There are four styles of suites available, each more exuberant than the last, with features like a romantic open fireplace, ensuites with clawfoot baths, two-bedroom suites and more.
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2. Fiordland Lodge
The construction of this luxury lodge itself is enough to impress made with striking natural timber and huge log trusses towering in the lounge which is also clad in river stone. Stay in one of the 10 luxurious rooms or two stand-alone self-contained log cabins of the Fiordland Lodge boasting commanding views over Lake Te Anau. The “Executive Suites” and “Deluxe Lodge Rooms” are ideal for a special occasion like a honeymoon, while families and groups will find ample space in the “Two-Bedroom Lodge Studio” or “Owners Residence”. See more couple-centric recommendations like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Te Anau.
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3. Dunluce Boutique Accommodation
Stay in one of the four exclusive rooms of this boutique bed and breakfast in Te Anau. Each of the rooms at the Dunluce Boutique Accommodation is named after the mountain ranges seen from every room and features either a king, super king or twin bed set-up. Watch the sun set behind the mountains from your private deck then enjoy the cosiness of your room with luxuries like underfloor heating. The stay also includes breakfast, a complimentary glass of New Zealand wine and a refreshment area with homemade treats and drinks. Helicopter landings are also available on-site to whisk you away to the nearby Fiordland National Park.
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4. Distinction Luxmore Hotel
One of two fabulous hotels by Distinction Hotels in town, Distinction Luxmore Hotel is the most luxurious. The 180-room hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau. There’s something for couples seeking luxury and pampering in the “Deluxe Suites” with a spa bath and super king beds, while families can take advantage of a number of hotel rooms, including accessible rooms. The hotel also has two eateries, Bailiez being a popular choice with the locals. See more suitable family rooms in Te Anau in our 10 Best Family Accommodations in Te Anau.
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5. Radfords on the Lake
An eco-friendly luxury escape awaits at Radfords on the Lake. Stay in superbly-appointed apartments and suites for couples, small groups and families. Each room features a small kitchenette, Sky TV, free WiFi, plunger coffee and other hot drinks and provides 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 upscale motels like this, head to the 20 Best Motels in Te Anau.
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6. High Leys Lodge
A modern luxury lodge among vast manicured gardens, High Leys Lodge is well worth considering for couples or those seeking an adult-only escape. Located on the Milford Road, only 4km (2.5 miles) from Te Anau, you’re close enough for convenience but far enough for tranquillity, which is easily maintained with only three rooms available. Each queen room is modernly appointed with a tiled ensuite with a walk-in shower and large ranch sliders soaking in the views of Lake Te Anau and leading to a sun-drenched patio. The food is also to die for; a generous ensemble of a gourmet breakfast, New Zealand wine and a cheese platter served each evening, and homebaked treats available daily.
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7. Shakespeare House Bed and Breakfast
Providing a real “B&B” experience, Shakespeare House offers some of the best breakfasts in Te Anau with their substantial home-cooked breakfast (or buffet-style continental if you prefer). Each of the nine rooms has an ensuite, TV and free WiFi and a communal kitchen to enjoy some home cooking. The B&B is 100m (330ft) from the waterfront and only 10 minutes walk away from the town centre. This is a great option for adults, couples and solo travellers.
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8. Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation
You’re already on your way to Milford Sound when you stay at this rural B&B on the Milford Highway just outside of Te Anau. Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation is set on four acres of land overlooking the stunning Lake Te Anau, best enjoyed from the breakfast bar while indulging in your continental breakfast. Enjoy local hospitality and hotel-style rooms with all the expected amenities including an ensuite bathroom and breathtaking views from each room.
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9. Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau
Looking for an alternative hotel experience in Te Anau? Check out the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau by Millennium Hotels. There are two types of flexible rooms available: the “Standard Room” and the “Superior Room”, both ideal for couples, small groups and families. The rooms have all the expected and well-appointed hotel amenities while providing a comfortable base to make use of the on-site restaurant serving Kiwi specialities along with tremendous lake views. See how this hotel compares to the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Te Anau.
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10. Blue Thistle Cottages
Embrace the peace and serenity of your own private cottage amidst 10 acres of land soaking in the lake and mountain views at the Blue Thistle Cottages. The cottages are 1km from Te Anau town and are fully self-contained for that “home away from home” experience and even include a private courtyard to take it all in. All the essentials are there, from free WiFi to Sky TV, as well as fluffy robes and electric blankets to take the chill off the Southland weather. For more independent stays like this, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Te Anau.
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More About Luxury Accommodations in Te Anau
That’s it for our list of the best luxury accommodations in Te Anau. For more about planning an epic trip to this stunning corner of the world, check out more of our advice:
- 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Te Anau
- 10 Best Things to Do in Te Anau
- The Complete Travel Guide to Milford Sound
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our Southland Destination Guide.