Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Our wonderful small town of Te Anau is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most outstanding outdoor experiences, and Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the perfect place to explore it all from.

Located on the lakefront and just five-minutes’ walk from the shops, you can take in the views, cook outside or in, and kick back in our gardens to the sounds of native birds.

We also have everything you need to get set for the great outdoors or recover after an epic day in the elements, including secure storage, laundry, comfy beds, free Wifi, movie room and a travel desk manned by our friendly, helpful staff who love to explore just as much as you.

Reception is open daily until 8PM, and late check-in can be arranged if you contact us beforehand. View House Rules


Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is your friendly base in the heart of Fiord country. Our awesome team are an adventurous lot, so stop by our travel desk for tips – or to plan your entire trip! Gather a few fellow travellers and stoke up a barbecue in the garden, or cook together in the communal kitchen. Once the stars come out, tell tales on the outdoor terrace, or make for the common room for movie night. Use the free Wi-Fi for extra research and checking in with friends back home.


From Queenstown Airport, it's a 2-hour bus journey from Frankton Bus Interchange to Te Anau. Once you're in Te Anau, you'll be an 8-minute walk from the hostel – just head towards the lake and turn left. On the way, you'll see the Fiordland Information Centre (great for travel info). Turn away from the lake when you leave the bus station and you're just a 3-minute walk from some of the best eateries in town. We recommend a rabbit-shaped bao bun from Habitat food truck!

Rooms and Dorms

Travel is all about new experiences – so how about a night in our shared teepee? Or try glamping in one of our cabins. Both have access to a shower block and all our facilities. In the main house, we have mixed dorms and private rooms, with either en-suite or shared bathrooms. You'll have your own reading light and bed linen's free (towels are available to rent).

Extras and activities

We're right on the lake shore – the best seat in the house is on our front lawn! Although if you've come from a long day exploring you might want to use our laundry facilities before taking in the views. Ask at reception about luggage store when checking out. Heading onto the trails for a few days? Leave your valuables with us and we'll keep them safe.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.7

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    23 Feb 2020
    Amazing place, would recommend! Beautiful setting, just 3 minutes from the town by foot! We slept in the tipi hut and it was a great experience. Toilets and showers were clean and staff was friendly :)
    Canada, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.4


    19 Mar 2020
    I stayed in a Teepee which was great, only has a zip for security though but expected, and no power supply in teepee, making it truly glamping. Facilities outside were amazingly clean and had great showers and kitchen and lounge area was great too!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    12 Mar 2020
    Really great hostel. Amazing public kitchen. Spotless showers. A bit outside of the downtown, but closer enough to walk. Great staff. Solid internet connection.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    02 Mar 2020
    Excellent customer service! Very accommodating and friendly. Definitely recommend.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    19 Feb 2020
    Very good place to stay if you are doing the Kepler or going to Milford. There are three separate buildings and it feels like more of a homestay than an actual hostel. The view from the living room was amazing - an unobstructed view of the lake and the mountains in the distance. Perfect for watching sunsets. The town is about a 5 to 10 minute walk away. Kitchen is fairly sized - never had issue cooking dinner. Only complaint is there are only two bathrooms but I never had to wait long.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    05 Mar 2020
    Lovely place to stay. Good vibes, cute and diverse property, well-equipped, helpful staff. Wish I could’ve stayed longer. They could easily have squeezed more beds into my room but they chose to keep it pleasant.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    19 Feb 2020
    Very nice hostel! Closer to the DOC center and the tracks, but not as close to the main Street.
    Israel, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    28 Jun 2020
    Super clean and spacious rooms and comfy beds. The common area looked really nice and through the windows you can look at Lake Te Anau. Kitchen had several stoves and big fridges. It's a short walk into town center, the whole town is surrounded by a beautiful scenery :)
    Germany, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.3


    07 Mar 2020
    Nice hostel on lakefront, good place to visit Milford Sound from
    England, All Male Group, 18-24
  • 4.6


    17 Feb 2020
    Horrible night. Bad service. Go somewhere else They overbooked my room. I checked in in the afternoon, was given a key, and came back that night to find all of the beds taken and being slept in. I didn’t want to wake anyone, so I emailed and called the hostel (and got not response). I was able to “sleep” on a common couch with no blanket on a brisk night. I went to check out in the morning and ask for a full refund (as I didn’t get a bed). The lady begrudgingly gave me half of what I paid.
    USA, Male, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Board Games
  • DVD's