We spent three nights here in mid-March arriving late on a wet dark evening after taking the Catlins route from Dunedin. Well worth the detour but it did mean we arrived later than planned and found Loch Vista a bit difficult to find.
Our room was large and adequate with French windows which would have had lovely views of the lake and mountains if it hadn't been dark or raining! Comfortable bed. Everything very clean. The bathroom was a bit stark though with the corrugated metal lining to the shower.
Usual NZ continental breakfast in Viv's kitchen with freshly prepared fruit salad, yoghurt, toast, croissants and preserves on offer, plus tea and coffee. Viv was friendly and ready to offer advice on what to do and see. Fiordland is the wettest place on earth according to our guide book, with rain two days out of three, and it certainly rained while we were there but this did mean our Doubtful Sound trip included lots of beautiful waterfalls.
We were disappointed to hear the Milford Road was closed due to a tree avalanche so our proposed trip to Milford Sound had to be cancelled. However, we booked on to the Doubtful Sound trip instead and this was wonderful. A 10 hour day involving two buses and two boats each way but well worthwhile. A special time was when the boat switched off its engines in the Sound and we experienced the remoteness and total silence (apart from waterfalls).
Viewed the "Shadowlands" film at the local cinema (35 mins long) which showed wonderful magical Fiordland scenery with appropriate "trippy" type music. Highly recommended. Lots of good walks in the area, including the Keppler Trail.
Loch Vista is located in a beautiful part of NZ and is a perfectly pleasant place to stay for a few days. Nice cat too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Fiordland and Loch Vista Lakeview Accommodation. We are located on a small, rural property on the way to Milford Sound, just 5 km from Te Anau. Loch Vista overlooks Lake Te Anau and the Murchison Mountains and offers stunning panoramic views. You can relax in comfort and enjoy the ever changing scenery and starry night skies. Our family home is located within walking distance from Loch Vista and we are available for tips on local activities. Pam and Guy Turnbull. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Loch Vista Lakeview Accommodation Te Anau, Fiordland National Park