We stayed at The Cat's Whiskers for three nights while we explored this part of NZ and found it to be a very pleasant base from which to travel. Excursions to both Doubtful and Milford Sounds as well as a hike to Key Summit on the Milford Road were convenient from this location.
This B&B has the feel of a home that has been adapted to accommodate guests. We stayed in the front bedroom with a view of the lake through a large window. Even though we fronted the road, street noise was not a problem. The room was comfortable and the bathroom was spacious with plenty of counter and closet space. Both room and bedroom were clean and refreshed daily. My husband said that when he was in the shower, he could hear people in the next room, so he thought the walls were a bit thin (or the people were a bit loud).
Our hostess, Anne Marie, was a pleasure. She was a great help in planning our excursions, partly because of her skills as a weather forecaster -- better than most professionals in the US. Consulting a weather website, she helped us plan our hiking day to Key Summit down to the hour so that when we arrived at the top, the weather had greatly cleared and the view was worth the hike. Also, we had received an e-mail from a friend back in the US that our alarm had gone off back at our home and she very graciously let us use her phone to call to check it out.
Breakfasts were plain but good and filling, with the usual NZ cold cereals, yogurt, fruit and a cooked option. Internet access is available for a small donation and parking is on site at the back of the property. There is a laundry facility out back which can be used for a small fee as well.
The business district with restaurants, shopping and Real Journey offices is a short, flat (about 15 minutes) walk , Overall, we found the Cat's Whiskers to be a great value and comfortable location for exploring the area.
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- The Cat's Whiskers Bed & Breakfast Te Anau, Fiordland National Park