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About Te Anau – Your Fiordland Adventure Awaits

Te Anau township is on the shores of the stunning Lake Te Anau. It is the second largest lake in New Zealand and is popular for everything from boat cruises to kayaking trips to fishing to jet boating. Our motel is just 100 metres from the lake shore. We’re also about five minutes’ walk from the township with its restaurants, cafes, and shops. The area has about 3,500 permanent residents but that number swells with tourists during the summer months as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Milford Sound Accommodation NZ

Lake Te Anau is one of the reasons for this, but Te Anau is also the gateway to Fiordland National Park. It is the largest and most rugged National Park in New Zealand and offers a range of different activities in addition to the beautiful views. Walking and hiking are particularly popular with trails like Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, Hollyford, and Greenstone being among the best. If you’re coming to Te Anau to explore Fiordland National Park, our lodge and motel accommodation is the ideal choice. In addition, the town itself has plenty of facilities to help you prepare for your hiking trip. This includes car parks to leave your car, shops for buying supplies, plus outdoor clothing and equipment shops.

Popular Fiordland Activities

  • Walking and hiking, from walks that take a few hours to those that take days or weeks
  • Skydiving
  • Jet boating
  • Boat cruises
  • Horse trekking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Helicopter trips
  • Plane trips, including trips on float planes or vintage planes
  • Shopping trips to Invercargill, New Zealand’s most southerly city
  • Visiting local natural attractions include Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and the Glow Worm Caves

Book your Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments from Alpine View Motel

Whatever you plan to do on your trip, we’d love if you would stay with us here at Alpine View Motel. We offer Fiordland accommodation with a lake view aspect, multi-room motel units, studio apartments, and more. Book today.

Milford Sound

Guests choose us when they are looking for Milford Sound accommodation because we are close to this spectacular natural attraction and we offer all the facilities, comfort, and luxury that you need. It will take you about two hours to get to Milford Sound from the hotel. The drive is fantastic, with mountains, rivers, and lakes providing the backdrop. Once in Milford Sound, the stunning natural landscape will take your breath away with its towering mountains, rugged countryside, and spectacular waterfalls that lead to lakes and rivers. The area is popular for boat cruises and kayaking tours as this is the best way to fully experience Milford Sound. It’s not just the countryside you’ll see either as there is also the wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might even see whales, dolphins, seals, and penguins. You should expect it to rain but don’t let a forecast for rain change your plans. Milford Sound gets seven metres of rain every year, so rain is as much a part of the area as the landscape. In fact, water running off the treeless cliffs as a result of heavy rain is one of the most incredible and unique sights that Milford Sounds has to offer. To find out more about our accommodation close to Milford Sound in New Zealand, please get in touch with us today.

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is another spectacular location you can easily get to from Alpine View Motel. It is known as the Sound of Silence, a name you can only really appreciate after visiting – it’s an experience you will never forget. To fully appreciate it, however, it’s important you book accommodation that is close to Doubtful Sound. This is because it is one of the most remote locations in New Zealand. Even when you stay with us and start your journey in Te Anau, it can still take a day or two to get there. It’s worth it, though, not least because of the sheer scale of Doubtful Sound. In fact, it’s about three times longer than Milford Sound with many additional branches. Again, boat cruises and kayaking adventures are popular ways of experiencing Doubtful Sound, with most excursions starting in Deep Cove.

Looking for Milford Sound Accommodation?

If you’re looking for Milford Sound accommodation, Te Anau is the best choice. It is not only the closest town to Milford Sound with plenty of places to stay available, it is also packed full of great restaurants, shops and things to do for families and travellers with some time to spare.

Fiordland Activities We Can Help You Plan and Book

  • day or overnight cruises on Milford Sound
  • Doubtful Sound day or overnight cruises
  • Glow Worm Caves tours
  • Jetboating
  • Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Day walks on the Milford Track
  • 4-Wheel drive motorbike tours
  • Skydiving
  • Helicopter and fixed wing flights
  • Guided Fishing
  • Transport to and from the walking tracks
Contact us to find out more

Looking for accommodation in Milford Sound?

There is limited accommodation in Milford Sound, so many travellers choose to stay in Te Anau instead. The drive to Milford Sound takes around one and a half hours from Te Anau by car, with plenty of stops along the way to take beautiful pictures, have a picnic or just enjoy the spectacular views. There is also a bus that takes visitors from Te Anau, to Milford and back.

Many of the guests that stay with us at Alpine View Motel, do so because they have planned a trip to Milford Sound and realise that finding accommodation in Milford Sound is not always easy or possible. Most visitors are looking to hike or take a boat cruise on Milford Sound. We can help you plan your trip by offering great local tips and ideas, as well as helping you book a cruise on Milford after you arrive here.

What to do in Milford Sound:

    1. Take a cruise – Most visitors to Milford Sound choose to enjoy a scenic cruise on the lake with one of Milford Sounds many cruise operators.
    2. The Milford Track – One of the Great Walks, the full Milford Track is a four day trek from start to finish. You can book huts along the way with the Department of Conservation.
    3. Hiking – If day-hiking is more your style, then there are plenty of great day-hikes in and around Milford Sound. Marion Lakes and Key Summit are two hiking favourites.
    4. See Milford from above – Helicopter and sea-plane tours are available over Milford Sound. If you’d prefer to see the wilderness of Milford Sound from above, then this is the activity for you.
    5. Kayak on Milford Sound – If you’d like to get more close-up and personal with the Sound, then renting a Kayak or booking a kayak tour is a must!

Reasons to stay in Te Anau rather than Milford Sound accommodation:

  1. There are more options for places to stay
  2. There are more options for places to eat… lots more!
  3. Te Anau is family friendly! As well as having plenty of places for families to stay and eat, Te Anau offers a variety of things to do with the kids, especially if it’s raining. We even have a play area for kids at Alpine View Motel!

Book your Te Anau adventure today.

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