Backpacker Hostels in Te Anau, New Zealand

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Get to know Te Anau (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Te Anau. To help you make friends with Te Anau before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Te Anau is located on the shore of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland, on the South Island of New Zealand -- it's one of the biggest lakes in New Zealand. The town is used as the main entrance to the magnificent Fiordland National Park, one of the best places you can find in this country -- if you arrive in Te Anau that's just because you'll be heading your way to Fiordland National Park; if not, you should!

Te Anau is also known for hosting one of the great walks of New Zealand, the Kepler Track, a three- to four-day track (around sixty-seven kilometers) that starts in Lake Te Anau. If you are a tramping lover, you'll need do do it! If you're not, you should think about doing it. The landscape changes dramatically as you go along the track -- it starts in the lake, goes through alpine ridge tops and a glacial valley. You'll have bus shuttle and some boat service from the end and beginning of the track. Another great attraction in Te Anau is the glowworm caves -- if you've never seen one, you'll have to do it here!

It's really easy to get to Te Anau by car or bus from Queenstown or Invercargill, the biggest cities nearby. North from Te Anau you have the beginning of the Milford Road that will lead you all the way to Milford Sound -- the main touristic attraction in Fiordland.

It will be easy for you to find a hostel in Te Anau (there are several) -- this town is the main place to start your discovery of Fiordland. All the economical activities here are related to tourism -- the only exception are some farms around this area. The city breathes tourism in summer, so you can expect nice hostels in Te Anau, with good conditions, but not so cheap.

Written by local enthusiast for Te Anau hostels

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FAQ about Te Anau Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Te Anau. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Te Anau. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Te Anau costs on average $20 for a dorm. A hostel in Te Anau with private rooms costs on average $83. shows all 7 Hostels in Te Anau. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
YHA Te Anau is the best hostel in Te Anau for families.
YHA Te Anau is the best hostel in Te Anau for groups. compares prices for 7 hostels in Te Anau, New Zealand.

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Your Packing List for Te Anau

Your Packing List for Te Anau

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Te Anau and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Te Anau Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Te Anau, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
7 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$83 Average private room price
$16 Cheapest hostel in Te Anau
Possum Lodge is the cheapest
Most Te Anau hostels are located in
Lake Tekapo, Rainbow Downs
6.9 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Manapouri (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Tuatapere (80 Km / 50 mi.)
Glenorchy (82 Km / 51 mi.)
Queenstown (86 Km / 53 mi.)
Milford Sound (85 Km / 53 mi.)
Arrowtown (101 Km / 63 mi.)
Invercargill (120 Km / 74 mi.)

Travel Tips for Te Anau - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Te Anau. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Te Anau. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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