As an alternative to hotels and motels, bed and breakfast accommodations tend to be warm and welcoming options. Often run by the owner in their home, the rooms are usually typical of the local traditions and have a friendly family feel to them. The experience differs from home to home and you can experience a variety of customs and local fare. There is also, of course, the added benefit of breakfast, and sometimes evening meals, included.
From a single room for less than $50 to your own private luxury lodge with pick-up by helicopter from $5,000 per night, and everything in between, the choices are endless. The average price is around $300 – $450 per night for two people, for which you would expect a full breakfast and well serviced facilities. Prices are seasonal so you’ll need to check with your B&B of choice as to availability and cost. Regardless of which B&B you choose, be it down-to-earth and homely or upmarket boutique-style, farmhouse, lodge, bach or caravan, you will have a uniquely Kiwi encounter which you are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
Staying in Te Anau is the most popular way to visit Fiordland and Milford Sound Piopiotahi. It gives a comfortable, tranquil base with plenty to do, and provides access to the many surrounding attractions. The Milford Road passes Te Anau as it winds its way into Milford Sound, the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, via the historic Homer Tunnel. You can take a bus or drive through for a day trip to the fiord, enjoying the many sights along the way, or for the keen hiker, catch a water taxi to Glade Wharf and take the 54km Great Walk, the Milford Track! There are also flights from Te Anau to Milford daily, making te Anau the ideal ‘home base’ for your Fiordland visit. Other local attractions include the Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Lake Manapouri which is just a short drive away, Te Ana-au caves, Fiordland National Park and the Keplar, Routeburn and Hollyford Track beginnings.
For those wanting to sample Kiwi hospitality at grass roots, southern-style bed and breakfast accommodation will certainly provide it! Below are five sites where you can explore literally hundreds of options in the Te Anau area: