Best Places for Backpackers in Te Anau, New Zealand.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Te Anau, New Zealand.

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Top 4 hostels in Te Anau, New Zealand.

These are the 4 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Te Anau, New Zealand.

Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

89 /100

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Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

Let the stunning surrounds of Lake Manapouri totally relax and unwind you. If you're looking for peace and tranquility overlooking New Zealand's most beautiful lake, then look no further than Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn, located at the heart of Fiordland, and voted no 4 of the 101 Must Do and See f...
Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn is a hotel in Te Anau. Check Hostelworld for prices.


YHA Te Anau

88 /100

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YHA Te Anau

YHA Te Anau offers peaceful, stylish backpacker accommodation just one block from the shores of Lake Te Anau and a few minutes' walk from the centre of town. This hostel has a wide selection of twin/double, en suite, family and shared rooms. Relax on the deck with a BBQ and use the fresh herbs growi...
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Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers

85 /100

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Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers

Our wonderful small town of Te Anau is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most outstanding outdoor experiences, and Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the perfect place to explore it all from. Located on the lakefront and just five-minutes’ walk from the shops, you can take in the views, cook ou...
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Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

78 /100

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Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

About Us Our family owned Holiday Park is located on the south shore of Lake Te Anau, with magnificent lake and mountain views. We are a 10-minute walk to the Te Anau Town Centre, 20-minutes’ drive to Manapouri and 2-hours’ drive from Queenstown, Invercargill and the famous Milford Sound. Our...
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The Trip

Me and my friend Sonia left for the North Island during the middle of July. It does not sound as the best time to travel around as it’s middle winter, but this country turns up to be a year-round travel destination. It was cold, indeed, so be sure you remember to bring warm clothes when you head there, but it was definitely not unbearable. We spent the first week travelling around Auckland, reaching down to Mount Ngauruhoe, close to Lake Taupo, the most southern point we managed to get during our quick trip to the North Island. We went like in a circle, passing from the Coromandel Peninsula, down to Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo, and then going back up passing from Waitomo District, Hamilton and Piha, just outside Auckland. Needless to say that one week is not enough, but we had no choice and flew down to Christchurch, where we picked up our rented car and did another two weeks of travelling all around the South Island. In this case we tried not to miss any single worth stop. But the weather was not on our side and unfortunately we couldn’t really enjoy every stop. Anyway, we did an anti-clockwise trip, starting from Christchurch, heading up to Kaikoura and Blenheim, passing by Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui) and stopping at Nelson for two days to enjoy the Abel National Park at its best. Then we turned south to Greymouth and to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, right before arriving in Wanaka. After this, we spent a couple of days in Queenstown, where you find tourists at any time of the year as it offers any kind of entertainment, from exciting activities like the first Bungee Jumping or the Swing, to relaxing boat cruises and mountain walks. Winter is of course the best moment to go skiing or snowboarding, and there were hips of backpackers around, ready to get the best from the good snow. After leaving Queenstown we went down to Te Anau and cruised along Milford Sound, then we reached the most Southern Point of the entire Island (Slope Point) and went chasing penguins and albatross around Dunedin. On the way back to Christchurch we couldn’t miss the night sky over Lake Tekapo and the snowy land of Mount Cook, we also drove through the astonishing Arthur’s Pass and ended our trip at Hanmer Springs and at the Banks Peninsula, close to the airport. Words can’t describe our entire experience. We’ve been staying in different hostels every night, crossing path with many other travellers on their way. Heard interesting stories from other people livings and shared rooms with men and women of any possible nationality. No other experience will ever equal the power of this trip and I will never forget all the challenges we also went through (the snow storm being one of those).


Fiordland National Park

I had on two jackets, a sweater, and a long sleeve top, and I was still shaking from the cold breeze of the wind. When I arrived at my bus stop, the bus had not arrived yet. About what felt like half an hour later, I met our bus driver named Paul. He was an energetic and passionate man about Queenstown and the Fiordland National Park. The first 30 minutes he introduced the group to Queenstown and its surroundings, pointing out that the Remarkable Mountains were a filming site for the movie “The Lord of The Rings”. Around Lake Wakatipu, the fields were full of farmlands and valleys with animals mainly sheep and cows. It took almost two hours to get to the town of Te Anau, the start of Fiordland National Park. The town was lined with a few shops, mainly tourists booking shops as well as a gas station for those who were on the road. At the end of the main road laid Lake Te Anau with the entrance to many day hikes and tramping locations. A small seaplane that could fit maybe two or three people rumbled against the water turning around and swiftly taking off towards the mountains.

Kayla Brock

Milford Sound: Living amongst Giants

It is fitting that I sit here and type out a reflection of sorts on the one-year anniversary of my arrival to New Zealand. Full of nostalgia I reflect on how memorable a year spent in the shadows of giant mountains fully affected who I am. A year ago today, my partner Chelsie and I boarded a coach full of day-tripper tourists to Milford Sound. Ours was a one-way trip though, as that was our destination and would be home for most of the year. (Advice tip #1, don’t be a day-tripper from Queenstown, I’ll get back to that). That first drive into Milford I will never forget, the pronounced beauty is comparable to nowhere else, and the sight of mountains and rainforests, then the pronounced drop from the Homer Tunnel down into the Cleddau Valley summons deep emotions. Driving the 120 kilometres between Milford and Te Anau dozens of times, I never tired of any portion of the drive-in ways I looked forward to it. And I could ramble on, detailing every part and parcel and mood of the Milford Road, but I will spare you that.


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