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Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers
Reviewed February 24, 2010

OK hostel with very unhappy manager. Not friendly or helpfull. Have to pay for towles. Easy walk to small town.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2010

The main facility at this hostel may be fine, but we rented what we thought was going to be a room for three of us with an attached bathroom. We ended up getting put in an adjacent shack, that is large, but with with very old furniture and beds, no heat. The bath room is outside on a porch, with no heating, roaches or small vermin in the kitchen area. The weather was cold and rainy and my wife was freezing the whole time, we ended up going to a very nice motel nearby. There was no way to lock several of the doors coming into the shack. The people running the front desk leave before 8 PM so their was no way to back out of this place when we arrived a short time later. My wife and son and I have stayed in hostels in the UK and Scandinavia and this place certainly was the worse we have encountered.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

I stayed for 5 nights in the Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers Lodge in March 2009. The hostel is located in one of the most picturesque locations I experienced on my trip. Step outside the hostel and you are met by the wonderful sight of the shores of Lake Te Anau. To be honest I was so spellbound by the scenery that the hostel itself could have been a hole and I would still have enjoyed my stay. But luckily it turned out to be quite nice.

I stayed in a double room with private facilities - basically a bathroom with shower and a small kitchen area with 2 stove rings and a sink (no oven although you can also use the communal kitchen which has all the facilities you need). It was quite basic but on a par with your average backpackers hostel room. My room had a tv although the reception was bad and only 2 channels were watchable.

The staff were friendly and always willing to offer advice on what to do in the area and to book trips for their guests. Taking of which, make sure you do one of the Milford Sound kayaking trips - I did one with Roscos Kayaks and it was an unforgetable experience.

One annoyance (with Te Anau itself not the hostel) was the amount of scenic flights that leave from the small township. I know it is very picky of me but the noise of the endless parade of planes and helicopters began to annoy me after a while as they somewhat spoilt the otherwise quiet serenity of the area. But of course I understand why they are so popular.

So to sum up - I would definately recommend that you spend a bit of time in Te Anau and, if you do, then this hostel is probably as good a place to stay as any.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 12, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 20, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 9, 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers

Address: 48 - 50 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Te Anau
Price Range: $23 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the only backpackers located on the lakefront, a stones throw from Lake Te Anau. Located just 300 metres walk from the Glowworm Caves and the top of the Te Anau town Centre.At Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers you will find a well maintained, clean and warm backpackers accommodation lodge to base yourself whilst you explore the Fiords, Tracks, Caves, Lakes and Scenery of Fiordland National Park.We provide ensuites, double, single, twin, quad and share rooms all with fresh linen and duvets on the beds. Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is only a few minutes walk to the Te Anau village centre where you will find a good selection of supermarkets, cafes, bars, Restaurants and shops. ... more   less 
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