Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers


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Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the only backpackers located at the lakefront of stunning Lake Te Anau. An excellent starting point for exploring Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. We pride ourselves in offering a warm, home-away-from-home atmosphere in one of the most beautiful areas of the world. We offer ensuites, double, twin and share rooms, all with all linen provided. Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is only a few minutes walk to town center where you will find a good selection of supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. We are always happy to make recommendations and help with tour bookings to make your stay in this area as amazing as possible.

Telephone: 03 249 7713
Freephone: 0800 2000 74

Visit Te Anau Lakefront Website

What do the guests say?



4/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests loved the amazing views of the lake with the backpackers being located so close. They also liked the size and cleanliness of the rooms.


Of guests love our location


Think our staff is awesome


Comment on our good vibes


Would recommend

What are the rooms like?

4 bed dorm
twin shared
glamping dorm
double shared
double ensuite
triple ensuite

Hostel amenities

Alongside the well equipped facilities and ensuites with certain rooms – Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers offers you a number of amenities:

kitchen Kitchen – two fully equipped communal kitchens (with a number of rooms also having their own kitchens).
laundry Laundry – coin operated washing machine and dryer, clothes line also on site. Laundry powder available at reception.
storage Storage – storage available at reception for luggage and personal goods.
bed Linen – all rooms have full linen provided. Private rooms also come with towels provided.
bbq BBQ Area – large outdoor BBQ deck and seating, including outdoor kitchen.
smokefree Smoking – rooms are smoke-free, smoking is only permitted in outdoor areas.
lounge Lounge – one TV room and two spacious lounges, each with a fireplace and lake view. Games – puzzles and a book exchange free for you to enjoy.
parking Parking – car parks are available around the hostel or outside on the street. (free as well)  
wifi Internet – free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the hostel.
tour Tour bookings – helpful recommendations and free tour bookings with some discounts available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you book activities directly through the hostel?

Yes this is possible. We offer extensive knowledge of the area and are happy to help you arrange any of these activities.

What can you do on a rainy day in Te Anau?

Many of the outdoor destinations around Te Anau are actually just as beautiful in the rain. However, if the weather really isn’t cooperating or if you just don’t want to face the storm, you can choose to binge-watch TV in our comfortable TV room, visit the Glowworm Caves or the Fiordland Cinema or try your luck in the Te Anau Escape Room.

What free activities are there?

Fiordland National Park is full of the most amazing scenery in the country. Walking is free, so just go out and explore! The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary breeds protected bird species which you can also go and see for free. There is a Frisbee Golf pitch in town as well. 

What time is check-in and check-out?

Regular check-in is available between 2PM and 8PM. Late check-in can be arranged if necessary. Check out time is 10AM.

Is there free parking at your hostel?

Yes we offer free parking at the hostel. Spaces are limited but street parking is also available and free of charge.

Where are the nearest supermarkets?

Te Anau has 2 supermarkets in town. Both Four Square and FreshChoice are within 5 minutes walking distance of the hostel.

Do you have a place to store luggage?

Yes we offer luggage storage. Large storage lockers are available for overnight hiking trips as well.

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes, we offer coin-operated machines, both for washing and drying. There are also clothes lines outside, and laundry powder is available at reception.

Do I need to bring linen?

No, all linen are provided for all our rooms, including shared rooms. Private rooms also have towels provided.

Hostel location

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is located at 48 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau. We are the go-to location for a lot of amazing activities in and around Fiordland National Park:

  • Milford Sound
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Kepler Track Great Walk
  • Routeburn Track Great Walk
  • Milford Track Great Walk
  • Scenic Flights
  • Lake 2 Lake Mountain Bike Trail
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • Jet Boats
  • Fiordland Cinema
  • Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Hollyford Track
  • Greenstone Caples Track
  • Dusky Track
  • Mini Golf
  • Fishing
  • Escape Room
  • Restaurants, shops and bars less than 5 minutes’ walk