Fiordland, South Island

YHA Te Anau 6

YHA Te Anau - family friendly accommodation in Fiordland

YHA Te Anau - family friendly accommodation in Fiordland

YHA Te Anau - family friendly accommodation in Fiordland

YHA Te Anau - family friendly accommodation in Fiordland

YHA Te Anau - family friendly accommodation in Fiordland

YHA Te Anau - family friendly accommodation in Fiordland

YHA Te Anau

This Qualmark 4+ star rated Te Anau hostel continually impresses guests with its unique homely atmosphere and cosy budget accommodation just a block from the shores of the gorgeous blue Lake Te Anau. YHA Te Anau’s lovely lounge has a fireplace and offers plenty of couch space to sink into with a book or while watching one of our free movies. The Te Anau hostel’s shiny stainless steel kitchen is fully equipped and we have fresh spices and herbs growing in our ‘Edible Garden’ so you can cook up your gourmet meal with ease.

This Te Anau backpackers also has the perfect outdoor deck and private native garden with a massive barbeque to get grilling on. There's plenty to entertain the family, with our overflowing games cupboard, book exchange, extensive free VHS and DVD hire, internet and SKYPE access, and Fiordland National Park right on our doorstep! Accommodation comes in a range of rooms, from doubles and twins, to small share dormitories, and some rooms with ensuites.

Special features at YHA Te Anau that you will love:

  • Fantastic location just a block from Lake Te Anau and 100 metres from the Te Anau’s town centre.
  • YHA Te Anau has a self-contained 2 bedroom house that is ideal for families.  It has a deck, lounge, kitchen, yard and covered garage.  One room is a twin room, the other has a double bed and bunks. In total, this house sleeps up to 6 people.  Note: both rooms don't have to be booked if not required to stay in this self-contained two bedroom house, a one bedroom booking is able.
  • Cosy, comfortable and super-clean backpacker accommodation with a variety of excellently equipped common spaces.
  • Free herbs and spices in the YHA Te Anau ‘Edible Garden’ as well free tea and coffee in the winter months to keep you warm.
  • Overflowing games cupboard, book exchange, extensive free VHS and DVD hire for great evening entertainment.
  • Computers with Skype, CD/DVD burning, USB ports and internet connection. (Vouchers for internet may be used at any YHA hostel throughout New Zealand.)
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Bay of Islands
  • Whangarei
  • Tauranga
  • Central Plateau
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Kapati
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Invercargill
  • Stewart Island
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.