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About Southern Lakes, New Zealand

The Southern Lakes area unquestionably takes in some of the premier sights & experiences of New Zealand. It is hard to imagine anything more picture perfect than the sight of the SS Earnslaw steaming out onto Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown against the backdrop of Cecil Peak and the mountains beyond. Are you up for a Bungy Jump? Queenstown is where it all started. There are brilliant jet boating opportunities too, to say nothing of the winter sports opportunities, back country experiences and jaw dropping scenery.

Wanaka is the more relaxed cousin of Queenstown and the trip between the two over the Crown Range is breath taking.

This region is also home to some of the most stunning vineyards and wineries in New Zealand. The Gibbston Valley Pinot Noirs will amaze you.

Stop over in Te Anau then make a day trip to Milford Sound, but be prepared to run out of superlatives – this is just stunning in the sunshine or the wet. Don’t forget your inset repellent though! Another worthwhile trip from Te Anau is a visit to the Manapouri Hydro scheme. It won’t disappoint.

Here is our selection of Southern Lakes B&B's

Murrells Grand View House


Prices from $280 to $320

20 km south of Te Anau, 139 kms south of Milford Sound, 172kms from Queesntown

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We are located in Manapouri, just 5 minutes' walk to the departure point for Doubtful Sound trips and a stunning 2.5 hour drive to Milford Sound. Murrells Grand View House is the perfect place from which to explore the Fiordland National Park, Te Anau and many beautiful walking tracks. Murrells Grand View House was built in 1889 to provide accommodation for the first tourists to the area. The Murrell family were explorers, guides and tourism hosts in the early pioneering days of Fiordland. The house has continued to be operated as accommodation since 1889 by the Murrell family making it the oldest of its kind in New Zealand and a unique and historic place to stay. Robert (4th generation) and Philippa Murrell are your hosts and will ensure that your stay is memorable.
We have four spacious ensuite rooms with views to the lake, mountains or garden. The veranda is a popular place for our guests to enjoy the magnificent uninterrupted views of Lake Manapouri and the mountains beyond. We also have a guest lounge with a variety of books and games. Tariffs include welcome refreshments, a cooked or continental breakfast served in the dining room, free Wifi and guests are welcome to leave their vehicle with us whilst they take an overnight cruise.
Manapouri is a lakeside village which has amenities including a petrol station, small shop, bistro/pub and a cafe. We are 20kms from Te Anau which has a variety of restaurants and cafes, banks, shops and more services for visitors.

Burn Cottage Retreat


Prices from $230 to $265

3km from Cromwell and Lake Dunstan, 45 minutes from Queenstown and Wanaka

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Tucked away amidst a walnut grove and stunning hosta, tussock and woodland gardens, our boutique cottages offer true respite from a busy world. Your cares will melt away as soon as you drive in the gate.

Rascal, Moonlight and Celebration Cottages enjoy warm earthy tones and superior decor and fittings. King size beds, beautiful linen, en suite bathrooms with fantastic water pressure, fully equipped kitchens with microwave, cook top and fridge freezer; TV/DVD, DVD library, books, magazines and cosy gas fire. Each cottage has a deck with barbecue and carport and fabulous views.

All guests enjoy WiFi and free laundry facilities, free mountain bikes to explore the local area plus a complimentary bowl of walnuts from our walnut grove.

We are surrounded by wineries, stone fruit orchards, cycling trails, arts, crafts, lake activities, cafes.

Past guests recommend staying two or more nights to fully appreciate our hospitality, tranquil location and the tastes, sensations, activities and scenic beauty Central Otago and the Southern Lakes region

Loch Vista Villa

Te Anau

Prices from $250 to $275

Te Anau, Fiordland, Southern lakes District

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Located just 5 km from Te Anau on the world famous Milford Sound highway, Loch Vista is ideally positioned for you to explore Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, and all the area has to offer.
Overlooking Lake Te Anau, the property has stunning views of the Murchison & Kepler Mountains. In fact, it is one of the best lake and mountain views in Te Anau.
Your host, Phil lives in the Villa and is available to provide you with local information and answer any queries.
Loch Vista has 3 rooms, all with queen beds and private en-suites.
All rooms have smart TVs and hairdryers. A fridge is also available for each room .
Two rooms have doors opening onto a patio where you can sit in the native garden, and enjoy the spectacular views and bird life.
A complimentary continental breakfast is provided each morning of your stay.
Phil will endeavour to meet you on arrival at Loch Vista and should you wish, sit and have a chat over a drink while you admire the fantastic view.
The lounge area is available for guests to use and chat, or to read a book about our beautiful country from the small library.
Te Anau township is just a 5 minute drive from Loch Vista where guests can enjoy an evening meal from one of a good array of restaurants.

Makarora Mountainview

Southern lakes rural

Prices from $135 to $165

Makarora is ideally situated between the Glaciers and Queenstown / Te Anau.

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Kickback & de-stress in the idyllic atmosphere. Bask in the magnificent mountain & valley views while chilling out on the deck with a glass of wine or beer. Delight in the antics of the many native birds. Or try out the local bar/cafe which is an easy 5 minute walk.

The Tui Studio offers a kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and private balcony at the edge of the bush. This open plan room has a queen bed and a sofabed. Guests can relax on the private deck and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.

The Kea & The Kaka our 2 semidetached ensuite rooms are perfect for a stopover.
The Kea Room offers a queen bed and a single bed, ensuite bathroom with a microwave, toaster & electric jug.
The Kaka Rooms offers a king bed, ensuite bathroom also with a microwave, toaster & electric jug.
Guests can relax on the shared verandah enjoying the spectacular mountain views.

Due to guest demand for a room only rate we now supply continental breakfast provisions as an extra @ $10 per person. Please advise when booking if you wish to purchase breakfast.


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