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Te Anau accommodation – The best places to stay

Te Anau is a beautiful part of New Zealand and is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

It’s known as the gateway to the famous Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, so boasts spectacular views and plenty of awesome activities.

Though Milford Sound is the main attraction that brings visitors to the area, Fiordland offers so much more.

There is so much to do there that we really do recommend an overnight stay — preferably for a few nights!

Your days will be jam-packed with exploring especially our favourite Te Anau walks so you’ll want somewhere comfortable to recharge and relax… and we know exactly where you should stay.

Milford Sound Waterfalls hitting rocks below and spraying all over.
Photo: Gobeirne.

The Best Te Anau Accommodation

To help you make the most out of your trip we’ve handpicked the best Te Anau accommodation on offer.

In this guide, you’ll find options for every budget ranging from motel rooms to luxury lakeside villas. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find something to suit your needs.

So, let’s dive into the top choices…

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Affordable Stays in Te Anau

1. Aden Motel ($)

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay in Te Anau, then Aden Motel may be the place for you.

This comfortable motel is just a 2-minute walk from Lake Te Anau and offers stunning self-contained rooms. Each one comes with a private kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, and free WiFi so you’re getting great value for money.

On-site you’ll also find a children’s playground, an outdoor seating area, and BBQ facilities for those late summer evenings.

Not only that, but the Aden Motel is an eco-friendly motel so you’ll be travelling sustainably by staying at this property.

59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau 9600

A room with forest on its wall near the bed in Aden Motel.

2. Alpine View Motel ($)

The Alpine View Motel is another great choice for budget travellers. This was one of the first motels in the area and it’s still a popular choice thanks to its great service and affordable comfort.

They offer a variety of studios and apartments, and many of them even have balconies with stunning lake views.

Some of their apartments sleep up to six people so are perfect for families or groups, and if you can spread the cost, even better!

Set less than 100m from Lake Te Anau, this property has plenty of great facilities including a garden area, BBQ facilities, and a children’s playground.

If you’re looking to keep your costs low, but comfort and service are both important to you, this motel is perfect!

15 Quintin Drive, Te Anau 9600

A well-lit hotel room of Alpine View Motel.

3. Paradise Accommodation ($)

There are plenty of awesome Te Anau accommodation options out there but this property is beautiful.

Paradise Accommodation is only a 5-minute walk from Lake Te Anau so it’s very handy if you don’t have a car.

It’s a one-bedroom unit with an open plan kitchen and living area.

The decor is stunning and the property itself offers scenic mountain views, so it is perfect for a relaxing getaway.

You’ll also have all the amenities you need including a 50 inch TV, a heat pump & air conditioning, black-out curtains, and laundry facilities.

This place has so much to offer, making it an excellent option in town.

21 Hidden Lakes Avenue, Te Anau 9600

Living room with a glass and bottle of wine, flat screen TV, and sofa of Paradise Accommodation

4. Lakeside Motel & Apartments ($)

Lakeside Motel & Apartments is set in a beautiful location right next to the shores of Lake Te Anau.

Naturally, it boasts spectacular views, and many of the rooms look out over the lake and surrounding mountains.

Guests can choose between studios or apartments, and both come with a range of amenities. This includes kitchen facilities, a lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom.

You’ll also have access to BBQ facilities, free WiFi, and free parking during your stay!

Te Anau Wildlife Park is just a 5-minute drive away too, making this motel the perfect base for families.

36 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600

Green yard of Lakeside Motel and Apartments.

5. Bella Vista Motel ($)

Bella Vista Motel is just a 5-minute walk from the town centre and less than 200m from the shores of Lake Te Anau.

You’ll find plenty of spacious studios and one-bedroom apartments there. They also come with plenty of amenities including cooking facilities, a work desk, and unlimited WiFi.

This motel even offers continental breakfast and evening meals that you can take back to your room if you fancy.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly Te Anau accommodation then Bella Vista Motel is a great choice!

9 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau 9600

A very cozy room showing a neat bed of Bella Vista te Anau.

The Best Mid-Range Accommodation Options

6. ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments ($$)

ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments is just a 2-minute drive from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. It’s also located close to the town centre and Te Anau Wildlife Centre.

This motel offers a variety of studios and apartments, each of which is equipped with kitchen facilities, electric blankets, high-pressure showers and free WiFi.

The ground floor units open up into a beautiful garden, whilst if you’re located upstairs your room will have a balcony with stunning mountain views.

If that’s not enough to convince you, then ASURE Explorer Motel can even arrange activities for you including tours of Milford Sound.

6 Cleddau Street, Te Anau 9600

Blooming cherry blossoms and the green grass outside ASURE Explorer Motel & Apartments.

7. Marakura Deluxe Motels ($$)

Marakura Deluxe Motels is situated in a great area to explore Te Anau. You’ll find plenty of hiking and cycling opportunities nearby.

They offer a variety of studios and apartments here, and each one comes with plenty of amenities including kitchen facilities and a private bathroom.

That’s not the best part about this motel though…

Every room at Marakura offers stunning lake views either with a private patio or balcony, depending on which level you’re staying on.

So, if you’re looking for scenic Te Anau accommodation that won’t break the bank, this is a perfect choice.

6/77 Manapouri-Te Anau Highway, Te Anau 9600

A relaxing bedroom of Marakuna Deluxe Motel which shows a calm lake outside.

8. Lakefront Lodge ($$)

Lakefront Lodge is another great accommodation option in town.

Not only is the lodge located on the shores of Lake Te Anau, but the studios and apartments are spacious and comfortable.

Each one comes with kitchen facilities, heating, electric blankets, and a TV. Some of the units even have a spa bath and an outdoor seating area.

Guests also have access to BBQ facilities, laundry facilities, and a tour desk. You can even have continental breakfast delivered right to your door — what a treat.

Aside from the great facilities, you’ll also get spectacular views if you decide to stay here.

58 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600

Well-trimmed grass and a few tables in front of Lakefront Lodge

9. Fiordland Lakeview Motel & Apartments ($$)

Fiordland Lakeview Motel & Apartments is another fabulous mid-range option if you’re planning a trip to Fiordland.

It’s located on the shores of Lake Te Anau and offers stunning studios and one-bedroom apartments.

Each apartment is kitted out with a kitchenette, an ensuite bathroom, a lounge area, and a TV. Not only that, but many of the apartments offer impressive views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Fiordland Lakeview Motel also has a tour desk that can help arrange day trips to Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. You’ll even be able to organise horse riding and fishing trips here too!

42 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600

Tourists hanging out at the front yard of Fiordland Lakeview Motel.

Luxe Te Anau Accommodation

10. Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation ($$$)

If you’re looking for a touch more luxury in Te Anau, then this could be the spot for you.

Loch Vista Lake View Villa Accommodation can be found on the Milford Sound Highway where it overlooks the Lake Te Anau and its surrounding mountains.

It’s set on 4 acres of land and has large outdoor areas and lounge areas for guests to relax.

Your host, Phil, is a life-long resident of Te Anau and he’s generous with sharing local tips which is a real bonus.

A continental breakfast is also served out on the breakfast bar each morning which overlooks the lake.

The views from this property are breathtaking, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable too. Plus, with only three rooms on offer, this is a private option for your vacation.

454 E Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau 9679

Grey roof of Loch Vista Villa Accommodation near a calm lake.

11. Radfords on the Lake ($$$)

Radfords on the Lake is another popular luxury option in Te Anau.

They offer studios, suites, and apartments and each one is fabulously luxurious. Some of them even come with a spa bath!

You’ll also have plenty of amenities including a small kitchenette, a TV with SKY, free WiFi, and a BBQ. Not only that, but guests can use mountain bikes free of charge.

Whilst putting guest comfort first, they also work to preserve their surroundings and reduce their environmental footprint. We just love that.

If you’re looking for luxury 5* accommodation in Fiordland, this is a great choice.

56 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600

A view of the lake near Radfords on the Lake on a sunny afternoon

12. Blue Ridge Bed & Breakfast ($$$)

Blue Ridge Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Te Anau.

It has three luxurious studios, each of which is fitted with a private kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, a sofa, and a king-size bed. The studios even have underfloor heating in the bathroom, bathrobes, and designer bed linen.

They can be booked on a room-only basis or bed & breakfast.

If you choose to have breakfast you’ll have plenty of options including a fruit platter, toast, cereal, yoghurts, and pastries — the perfect start to the day, if you ask us.

During your stay here, you’ll also have access to the B&B’s outdoor terrace, incredible garden area, and hydrotherapy heated spa pool.

We recommend Blue Bridge if you’re looking for peace and quiet in the middle of town.

15 Melland Place, Te Anau 9600

Well-trimmed front yard of Blue Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

Treat Yourself

13. Dunluce Boutique Accommodation ($$$)

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just want to enjoy a luxurious vacation, head straight for Dunluce Boutique Accommodation.

Hannah, your warm and welcoming host, provides plenty of local recommendations whilst respecting your privacy.

And you will want to relax in the privacy of your own beautiful room. With peaceful surroundings, lake and mountain views, a glorious bathtub and a comfortable bed, it’s impossible to be stressed here!

After a wonderful night’s sleep, you’ll be greeted with a delicious continental and cooked breakfast. Locally sourced and freshly cooked, it’s a real highlight of any stay.

In addition, you’ll have free WiFi, Netflix, astro-binoculars for star gazing, a selection of books and magazines, and a tea, coffee and snack station ready for you.

It doesn’t get better than that!

128 Aparima Drive, Te Anau 9600

A very relaxing bedroom with a Panama Hat placed on top.

14. Milford Lodge ($$$)

Though Milford Lodge isn’t actually in Te Anau, it is a wonderful alternative to staying in town — and it sure is a memorable place to stay.

They offer a range of room types and also host campervans and caravans right in Milford Sound. Its location really is second-to-none.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, there really is only one room type that you should look to book – their premium riverside chalets (AKA the highly recommended “superior chalet”).

These incredible studio chalets are the ultimate in modern luxury, perched right on the side of the Cleddau River.

Fall asleep to the sound of the forest rustling in the wind and the river roaring past. Wake to native birdsong as you enjoy a generous breakfast spread, delivered straight to your room.

Away from the hustle and bustle, Milford Lodge really is the perfect place to spend a night as you visit Milford Sound.

State Highway 94 Milford Sound, Southland 9679

The Milford Sound Lodge beside a lake.
Photo: Milford Sound Lodge.

15. Fiordland Lodge ($$$)

Fiordland Lodge is the most expensive Te Anau accommodation in this guide but for a special occasion, it’s money well spent.

It’s located in a World Heritage Area and offers spectacular views of Lake Te Anau and the surrounding mountains.

There is a bar and fabulous restaurant on-site, and a comfortable lounge area where guests can relax by the fireplace.

Not only that, but the rooms at Fiordland Lodge are luxurious with private balconies and beautiful bathrooms — as you would expect from a property of this calibre.

However, the highlight of this place has to be the outdoor hot tub that offers stunning views of the area.

This is a property that should be added to your NZ bucket list, stat!

472 Te Anau, State Highway 94, Te Anau 9679

A huge living room of Fiordland Lodge with glass windows showing the snowy outside environment.

As you can see there are plenty of awesome Te Anau accommodation options,

Whether you’re looking for a cheap base just to sleep or a luxury stay, this place has it all.

So, which hotel/motel will you book for your next trip?

Have you been to Te Anau before? If you have, which is your favourite place to stay?

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