Hot tub time looking across Lake Te Anau

5 Places to Stay in Fiordland That You Haven’t Discovered Yet!

30 Sep 2021

The soaring waterfalls, granite peaks, and the famous Great Walks may initially be what inspires you to visit this jaw-dropping region, but Fiordland is also home to a number of unique and very special places to stay.  

There’s nothing like spending the day exploring this wonder of the world before coming home to a room with huge lake views, some famous Southland hospitality, or a hot tub to soak in. Here are some of our top picks of places to stay in Fiordland that offer an incredible holiday experience, especially if you’re not new to the region but are looking to return and change things up a bit.  

These accommodation options fly a little under the radar, which is perfect for revisiting as a seasoned Kiwi traveller! 

1. Fiordland Lodge

lounge room with fire place looking out window to mountain scene

Views that look like oil on canvas, in the Executive Suite, Fiordland Lodge. Credit: Fiordland Lodge  


An iconic luxury lodge located along the shores of Lake Te Anau, the lodge is built on a stunning rural site with enormous lake and mountain views.  

The latticework of huge log trusses and stone fireplace adds character and interest inside, with all rooms having commanding views. Dining here is gourmet and an experience in itself – don’t miss the wild Fiordland venison tartare or Stewart Island salmon fillet for a meal to remember. This Lodge comes complete with outdoor hot tubs which are perfect for relaxing after a day walking on the local tracks and is an experience not to be missed. 

Outside bath on timber deck looking out on fiordland mountain scene

A bathroom like no other! Credit: The O2 Yurt on Air BnB.   


Imagine staying in your very own luxury, wool-insulated Yurt, located in a private Fiordland meadow above Lake Te Anau. From the sculptures to the French linen, mood lighting and Italian-inspired ensuite, this is high-end glamping at its best. 

It is a perfect and very unique option for a romantic weekend away, with free access to two mountain bikes, complimentary breakfast and BBQ facilities.
A Te Anau apartment with a bed, a seat and a sliding door leading to a lake.

Stunning views of Lake Te Anau, Radfords on the Lake. Credit: Radfords on the Lake 


Recent finalists in the 100% Pure New Zealand awards, Radfords on the Lake offers luxury lakefront rooms combined with awesome Southern warmth and hospitality, or manaakitanga. Mum and daughter owners, Kerri and Shelley, make you feel right at home from the moment you check in. 

It’s a great choice to be closer to town and at a brilliant price point, too. Be sure to take a stroll along the lakefront (literally right off your balcony!) and look out for their super friendly Birman cat, Dexter Dude. He’s quite the Te Anau celebrity nowadays. 
A small barn style accommodation in a paddock in Te anau

Tiny house, tiny worries, big dreams and bigger adventures. Credit: Takahē Nest Eco Retreat on Air BnB. Tiny house, tiny worries, big dreams and bigger adventures. Credit: Takahē Nest Eco Retreat on Air BnB. 

Tiny house, tiny worries, big dreams and bigger adventures. Credit: Takahē Nest Eco Retreat on Air BnB. Tiny house, tiny worries, big dreams and bigger adventures. Credit: Takahē Nest Eco Retreat on Air BnB. 

Fancy sleeping in one of the Top 10 Tiny Homes in New Zealand? Then look no further.  

This teeny weeny, perfectly formed, bespoke house was crafted by a local tradesman who is passionate about sustainability and tiny living. With a double bed, ensuite bathroom, mountain views and only 400 metres away from a huge lake and trail, this is an awesome and affordable accommodation option for a couple wanting a different Fiordland experience. 

Two people standing in a doorway with a bed infront of them on a boat at Doubtful Sound

Nestle in for the night on the picture-perfect Fiordland Navigator with the Milford or Doubtful Sound wrapped around you. Credit: RealNZ

How about forgoing accommodation on land altogether and opting to be lulled to sleep on the waters of either Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound? 
An Overnight Cruise with Real Journeys is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in the Fiordland experience. You can easily add it onto your Great Walks adventure with us, too, to explore this jaw-dropping region by boat and foot. 
You’ll explore the nooks and crannies of Doubtful Sound or see the mountainous Milford Sound right from the base, thanks to the kayaking and tender craft options, then refuel with the onboard chef’s delicious dinner and breakfast buffets. Twin, double or quad share cabins are available to accommodate everyone of all ages and comfort levels.  
Not quite sure about sleeping on the boat, but definitely keen to soak in the wildlife and scenery offshore? Consider adding a daytime cruise component to your Milford Track exploration with us.

Regardless of which walking excursion you choose to do with us at Trips & Tramps (or perhaps a taste of 3 Great Walks in Fiordland), rest assured that any of these places to stay will add a unique layer of beautiful memories to your Fiordland holiday. 

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