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Te Anau Lodge

52 Howden Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand
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Experience the genuine warmth of traditional hospitality in the relaxed and tranquil environment of our 1936 relocated former convent, in one of New Zealand's most scenic locations- stunning Fiordland.We proudly promote our 9 rooms as being a mix of historic charm, combined with modern convenience, luxury and comfort. Based on 7 acres, yet only 15 minutes walking time to Te Anau town centre you`ll enjoy our secluded location, and appreciate all activities in town with ease. Take time to enjoy the little additions we`ve provided to make your stay memorable. Enjoy a game of giant garden chess, listen to the water fountain in our pond while reading a book on our 2 person swing seat, soak up the sunshine in our private gazebo, curl up next to the fireplace in the Lounge Library, and enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony overlooking the estate.Above all else you`ll find the level of interaction with your host, and the friendly staff, one of the most memorable aspects of staying in a Lodge this size.A unique accommodation experience.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Valet parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Game room
Hiking
Board games / puzzles
Chapel / shrine
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English
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Tony V wrote a review Feb 2024
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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Te Anau Lodge primarily because the manager, Kim, was such a welcoming host. She had great suggestions like the lake to lake bike trail, good restaurants and other activities. The buffet breakfast was the same every morning so on the fourth morning she offered to cook us something different. We felt like we were staying at a friend's home. The library in the lodge provides complimentary beer and wine and an opportunity to meet and chat with other guests. We highly recommend the lodge.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Ed1815 wrote a review Feb 2024
McLean, Virginia41 contributions42 helpful votes
What a quaint facility. Housed in a former convent, there are eight rooms in the main building and assorted additional rooms in other structures on the property. The breakfasts were served in what had formerly been the convent's chapel. One night we stayed in a railcar that had been outfitted as a bedroom,. It was lot's of fun although don't expect a four star bathroom in an aged railcar. Most importantly, Nick the front desk clerk, manager, housekeeper, breakfast server, and bellman was fantastic. Every query was responded to with accurate information. Every request was fulfilled with attention to detail. If every hotel had someone like Nick, people would never complain about service.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Unless you up for an adventure, a room in the main building is preferable.
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Sarah R wrote a review Feb 2024
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We were. in the gypsy caravan, it was cosy and the website was accurate in terms of setting our expectations, especially in terms of our height! Bed was really comfy and shower, although small was powerful. Setting was lovely. Food supplied in the caravan was exceptional for a continental breakfast. Staff were friendly and very helpful.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Take note, it is small so wouldn't suit everyone.
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KarBear2021 wrote a review Jan 2024
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We loved our stay here. We stayed in the larger cottage which fit all five of us. It is a quirky place but that added to the adventure. I thought staying in Te Anu was a great idea, made the trip to Milford Sound that much better. Here is an extra shout-out to Kym who even offered a Christmas dinner!!! She is a rockstar.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Go to Milford Sound early, we were so glad we did! Made the drive much easier.
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FlyBalletGuy wrote a review Jan 2024
New York City, New York118 contributions96 helpful votes
A few accommodations in the world are destinations in themselves. The Te Anau Lodge is one of them. The place is lovely but what makes it special are the staff, particularly Kym, who is warm, funny, ridiculously helpful and knowledgeable and adopts folks she likes. I was lucky and got adopted. It wouldn’t be right for everyone. The lodge is quirky and personal, like visiting your coolest but slightly wacky aunt who before you knew it took over your vacation. If you’re an introvert or just wanted to be left alone, it could be everything you didn’t want. I fell madly in love with the place. I stayed two nights in the Cathedral Room, and one night in the train carriage. The Cathedral Room is lovely, with an elegant old-fashioned bathroom and spa, but which specific room in the main lodge you take is less important than you might think; you probably will spend more time when you’re not sleeping in the common rooms. I love trains, so the train car was a special experience; having a whole car to myself like Diamond Jim Brady. I absolutely loved it, and would stay there the entire time on a future visit. This a real train car, with a steep ladder to enter it and *most* things modernized. It would likely not work for folks with mobility issues. The Lodge is well-kept up, and thoughtfully appointed with a friendly international staff, but the feeling is more personal and homey than chic and luxurious. Breakfast is a buffet, and if the place had any weak spot, it was that breakfast didn’t change from day to day. That was not a dealbreaker. The Lodge has nice views, but it isn’t lakefront. You see the lake unobstructed, but at a distance). The wonderful but slightly crazy grounds include sculptures, pavilions and a carousel they are renovating. You can stay in it. It has clowns. If you want to spend your night in a Stephen King novel, be my guest. Te Anau is well-situated (better than Queenstown) to tour both Milford and Doubtful Sound, and the Lodge will happily assist with either, and give good advice. If your schedule allows, don’t just stay here overnight. Stay long enough to actually take in the lodge itself, as well. Sitting in the library or at breakfast, talking to other guests or the staff is part of the reason for being here. Two to three nights is perfect. I took away great, warm memories; it was so much more than just a place to stay. I’m only sorry I didn’t get to meet the lodge’s owner, Mark, as well as Kym. You kind of want to know a mind that would own a Museum of Languages in Paris, or dream up a place like this.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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MBA4064 wrote a review Jan 2024
Singapore17 contributions4 helpful votes
we stayed in the Mararoa Homestead and it was great for our family of 4. We were able to cook our own dinner, do a bit of laundry . Beds are confortable and breakfast was very nice. We received great help and advices to book our Milforld Sound visit ( that we could book via the lodge). Thanks a lot for the nice advices!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: If you stay several days, ask for their advice on when to go to Milford Sounds, and where to stop...
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StephP001 wrote a review Jan 2024
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I stayed at Te Anau Lodge with my partner for three nights. The staff were incredibly welcoming on arrival (and throughout) with a tour of the building and an offer of welcome a drink and snacks. The building was located in a beautiful old convent. The grounds were lovely and included an outdoor chess set! We stayed in the Baptistry room which had a very comfortable bed and a spacious bathroom. There was not lots of space to store bags but this was relatively manageable. There was also a very pleasant library overlooking the grounds with space to sit, read, play chess and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Finally, I absolutely loved the breakfast provided every morning from 7-9am. There was a great range of different options and the staff were very attentive in ensuring that the food was regularly replenished. The only downsides to our stay was that the plumbing was a bit noisy (I suspect as being an older building, albeit beautiful!) and there was no air conditioning or cooling in the room.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NittSkers202 wrote a review Dec 2023
Northern Virginia13 contributions9 helpful votes
We are a married couple in our early 50s and stayed at the Te Anau Lodge from 16/11 – 18/11. This was our first time staying at this property, and we were in the Gypsy Gem (ie, the gypsy caravan). Some notes re. our stay: * Location: The property is located ~2 km from the Te Anau town center and is an easy 15-minute walk/5-minute drive. The Lodge isn’t particularly well-marked with signposts, but our GPS got us to property with no problem. * Parking: There is secure parking at the Lodge property, but not an over-abundance of spots. We drove back to the Lodge late one evening during our stay, and while there were spaces available we weren’t exactly sure where to leave our car. Also, the parking area is a bit “tight”…fine if you’re in a standard sedan (as we were) but perhaps a bit tricky if you’re in a larger vehicle. * Grounds: Sizeable, and absolutely lovely. Lots of green space and flowers/trees. Plenty of room to stroll. The property is nicely manicured and very inviting. * Service: We found the service at the Lodge to be exceptional. Nick patiently addressed our many questions upon arrival, provided a map of the town, offered some dining suggestions, and shared some of his favorite activities. He also arranged an excursion for us. Kym picked us up at a trail head after a day-long hike and transported us back into town, and also offered dining recommendations. We asked to leave our car on property during our overnight Milford Sound experience, and they happily obliged. * Lodge: The Lodge is an old converted convent, and the décor of the primary building reflects this background. It’s a bit quirky (ie, a confession booth in the lobby), but not in an over-the-top way. While we didn’t eat in the dining room, it looked charming. There is a large sitting room on the second floor of the Lodge open to all guests that includes comfortable couches, tables, a coffee/tea bar, a mini-fridge stocked with soda/beer/water, and a full library…all overlooking the grounds with a mountain view in the background. * Gypsy Gem: This is the definition of a “tiny house” and you need to be prepared for the small space. If you are more than 75 inches tall (~6’3”) you will not be able to stand up straight. There are bunk beds (a twin on top, a single on the bottom…both comfortable), but you’ll be pressed to fit more than 2 people in the space. There are windows for natural air flow/light and a portable heater that works well. The toilet and shower are both functional (loads of hot water and good water pressure) but the space is VERY tight. There is a mini-fridge that is stocked with juice/milk/yogurt, and fresh fruit/granola was waiting for us. If we understood correctly, we were not to go into the Lodge for breakfast but instead use what was provided (which worked fine for us). The space also included a collapsible table, a small couch, a sink with running water, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, a number of storage areas that housed basic cooking/kitchen utensils, and a power strip with multiple outlets. The designer of the space has ingeniously used every inch. We found it useful that when one of us was getting ready in the morning (showering, dressing, etc) the other would take a stroll around the grounds to provide some space/privacy. Know what you’re getting into and have an open mind, and you’ll be fine. But recognize this is not a “standard” room by any means. We were delighted with our stay at the Te Anau Lode and would not hesitate to stay here again when in the region. It is fairly priced, ideally situated, and very welcoming.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jo wrote a review Dec 2023
Saint Thomas, Canada10 contributions3 helpful votes
We were looking forward to spending time at this quirky Inn. We had two nights booked December 14-16th. They gave us a handicap room, saying it was an upgrade. We didn’t need a handicap room which we did not need! when my husband was taking a shower, I stepped in to open the window outside of the shower. I slipped on the wet floor and fell on my side, as if I had fallen on ice. I did not expect a wet floor out of a shower area. The floor was wet because the shower curtain was too short! My husband went to the front desk and called the hotel emergency number that did not answer, but left a message for night manager. After getting no response, he went into the kitchen and got ice packs out of their freezer. In morning my husband approached the night manager and asked him why he did not respond to his call. He stated that he thought his alarm went off and that’s why he did not answer the phone .He said the voicemail doesn’t work. He also said it couldn’t have been wet because nobody else had ever fallen. After going into the bathroom, he said yes now I can see why you fell. The shower curtains had been changed the day we had checked in to short ones from the long ones that reached the floor. Next day I had to go to the doctor and get medication for the pain. General manager, Kim, apologize for the accident and asked what I wanted. When I said a refund for the two nights payment for the doctor (2) visits plus the medication. She said the owner would only agree to one night and that I needed to claim the doctors visit and medication on our travel insurance. That infuriated me, they took it upon themselves to think I had travel insurance, and that I could fleece my travel insurance company for their negligence. This occurred 14 days into 30 day driving holiday of New Zealand. I have limited mobility and still suffering, severe pain. Need I say more. We do not recommend this place as they do not care for their guest!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mark Oremland, Owner at Te Anau Lodge
Responded 6 Jan 2024
We very much appreciate your comments, which help to prove that almost all the other glowing reviews are indeed genuine. From the very first exchanges we sensed that you were going to be difficult clients and our worst fears were confirmed. We are really sorry that you slipped in the bathroom – accidents do happen, despite our providing bath and anti-slip mats. It clearly did not cause so much pain that you were not able to accept the upgrade we gave you that required you to go up and down the stairs. We've put phone measures in place to avoid missing any late night calls. For emergencies the local ambulance number is provided. With regard to the money that you seemed so intent on getting out of us – we did refund one of the 2 nights as a gesture of good will, but New Zealand law forbids us to compensate for any injury – this is all managed by the ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation), a government body. Medical expenses from accidents are always covered by the travel insurance – almost no intelligent traveler today will undertake a large trip like yours without taking out travel insurance. Your insistence that we pay the medical checkup does seem like you wanted to get the money twice, and I cannot help thinking of the story of a traveler who took a small stone onto the Swissair flight in order to have the airline cover dental expenses. You are no doubt back home by now but I do wonder what other adventures awaited unsuspecting hotels further along your itinerary.
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Experience419530 wrote a review Oct 2023
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We can’t express just how much we enjoyed our stay at the Te Anau Lodge! It is by far the best B&B that we have stayed in. Kym’s hospitality was over the top! We hope that all the passion and kindness that you show to your guests, Kym, comes back to you in an abundance of blessings. We wish you continued success, good health, and much happiness! Thanks for a beautiful stay!

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Date of stay: October 2023
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AU$238 - AU$328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Te Anau Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Te Anau Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Fiordland Cinema (1.0 km), Black Dog Bar (1.0 km), and Kiwi Country (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Te Anau Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Te Anau Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Te Anau Lodge?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Te Anau Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ditto, Sandfly Cafe, and The Fat Duck.
Is Te Anau Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Te Anau.