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Lakefront Lodge
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   58 Lakefront Dr | Southland, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Marblehead
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Really nice accommodations for the money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

The lakefront lodge is right across the street from lake Te Anau and is a close easy walk to the main section of this quaint little town. The rooms are fully furnished for folks who are on an extended stay and want to make a meal or two themselves. They also have have a laundry room which is nice for people who travel for long period of time in NZ. The lady who work the front desk was very helpful with information and book our trip to Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys. The trip was 178 NZ per person but was well worth it with the beautiful sights.. I would not let the rain stop you because it adds to the ambiance.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakefrontmotel, Owner at Lakefront Lodge, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Hi and thank you for your review on our lodge and quaint town. We were glad to be of assistance in advising you on your trip to Doubtful Sound. I was so please to hear you say that do not let the rain deter you from any trip as it only adds to the ambiance. I am sure people think we are mad we try to tell them this. I do hope though that there was not to much more rain on the rest of your trip.
Kind Regards Dianne, David and staff
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Marblehead
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The lakefront lodge is right across the street from lake Te Anau and is a close easy walk to the main section of this quaint little town. The rooms are fully furnished for folks who are on an extended stay and want to make a meal or two themselves. They also have have a laundry room which is nice for people who travel for long period of time in NZ. The lady who work the front desk was very helpful with information and book our trip to Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys. The trip was 178 NZ per person but was well worth it with the beautiful sights.. I would not let the rain stop you because it adds to the ambiance.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Lakefront Lodge was a great place to stay whilst in Te Anau. Very disappointed because the Lodge is not actually on the lake front so don't expect to see the lake from your room! Apart from that the rooms are great. Staff very helpful and let us leave suitcases when we went on an overnight trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakefrontmotel, Owner at Lakefront Lodge, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your response. It is an on going problem we have with our name (inheriated)
Lakefront Lodge, we do our up most on all advertising to state that we are not direct lake facing and that only partial views of the lake can be seen from your unit. Beyond this I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope the rest of your trip was as enjoyable.
Kind Regards Dianne, David and Staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed at the Lakefront Lodge because it was closest to Milford Sound. We could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. Very comfortable rooms, soft sheets/pillows, French press, great selection of teas, fresh milk, and everything was exceptionally clean. The staff was warm and friendly. I highly recommend this lodge to all!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakefrontmotel, Owner at Lakefront Lodge, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Hi Tricia
We thank you for taking the time to us give your feed back regarding your stay with us.
Kind Regards Dianne, David and Staff
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Stayed here in April, near the end of our trip. We stayed in Te Anau for its proximity to Milford Sound, though I have to say the town itself lacks the buzz of Wanaka but the area, as usual, is very beautiful.
Lakefront Lodge is well presented. The rooms are comfortable, of a high standard and well equipped and the laundry room is very handy too. The outside is very pretty with lots of flowers and the building itself looks new and well cared for and the reception staff are friendly. Yes it does face a side road, it is on the lake front but just not facing it! Slightly annoying but then we were out all day. The patio doors were jammed, the owner suggested there was a pebble in it and suggested we give it a good push, though we were reluctant to do this in case we broke it. Also, the bathroom is basically a wet room. Sometimes this works but in this case a shower cubicle would've been better as the floor got really wet; bit of a nuisance if you wanted to go in there afterwards once you were dressed. We didn't have a spa room but this place was still one of the pricier places of our trip. I'm glad we stayed in Te Anau and not in Queenstown to get to Milford though, as the locals are trying hard to keep their businesses going.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lakefrontmotel, Owner at Lakefront Lodge, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your response. I am sorry about your issue with your door, those little pebbles have a lot to answer for. Our wet room can create an issue, but by law we are required to have this type of bathroom per so many units for the use by the disable. I am glad you agree that
Te Anau does need to be a place to stop over for those visiting Milford and Doubtful Sounds or for those just wanting to take the time to slow down and relax.
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Our overall experience was a very high standard from our arrival to departure with great service local knowledge & the room was great & value for money was supplied. it was one of the best places i stayed at, in 20 other lower south island in april

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakefrontmotel, Owner at Lakefront Lodge, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
We thankyou for taking the time to offer other potenial guests feed back on our property
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

We found the staff very pleasant and helpful. The room was clean but outdated. The location was close to town but the rooms faced the road so there was not much privacy and having the curtains open felt exposed. We found the place rather expensive only because its about the same price as a much newer and nicer place in Queenstown. For this reason we would recommend staying in Queenstown and just taking a bus tour to Milford sound from there. That's what most people did. Also not much to do in Te Anau and the food options are not great.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lakefrontmotel, Owner at Lakefront Lodge, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thanks for your review. Te Anau is a seasonal town and to be able to stay in business rates are set at peak times to make hay while the sun shine so to speak. Queenstown operates by a set of different rules, as winter is their busy time. If people wish to spend a day of their holiday to include 12 hours of travel then I guess an option is Queenstown / Milford Sound / Queenstown
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Address: 58 Lakefront Dr | Southland, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#2 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#5 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Lakefront Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable Units with a show of Luxury. Partial Lake and Mountain views. All units have kitchens. One Bedroom Double Spa Bath and Studio Units. Free Wireless Internet throughout.Continental Breakfast available. Only a 2min walk to town centre and restaurants.Tour Booking Desk. Luggage storeage for trampers. Free car parking ... more   less 
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