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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  • Perfect Location
  • 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 8.5

  • Security 8.3

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    02 Jun 2019
    One of the BEST hostels I've stayed at. Extended it was so wonderful.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    17 May 2019
    Really friendly people. The lady at the front desk had actually hiked the Kepler track I wanted to and also had suggestions for other hikes. She showed me photos of the hike covered in snow. It is in a really nice place on the water. It was really clean. The rooms are quiet even though this is the main road through Te Anau because the place is up the hill from the road just a bit. There is a nice atmosphere here with the other backpackers too.
    Australia, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    07 May 2019
    Just stayed for a night, everything was fine! Kitchen was well equipped. Rooms are converted motel rooms. No complaints.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    12 May 2019
    Wonderful hostel, very close to the water and accommodating staff. The staff member helped us book the glowworm cave tour for that very night and gave us easy to follow instructions on how to get to the meeting place. Everything was clean and modern, loved the little cabins and definitely want to try and come back during the winter months to enjoy those marvelous tents they have. Great experience, cheers.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    10 May 2019
    Great hostel. Very comfortable kitchen and common area. Great location. Only thing is there were not many toilets or showers for the number of people. It wasn't much of a problem while we were there but I can imagine it can get quite hectic. The staff we interacted with were lovely, great fun and very helpful! Would definitely stay again!!
    Scotland, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.6


    21 Jun 2019
    Great hostel, nice staff and facilities A bit awkward in the room because no privacy, no curtains for the beds
    France, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    22 May 2019
    Guests were mostly folks coming to visit Milford sound or folks who were planning to do the Kepler or Milford track. Big kitchen, staff were really helpful and friendly. Nice that beds weren't bunk beds.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.3


    21 May 2019
    Hostel was great for one night. On the lake which was nice. The room didn’t have bunk beds which was cool!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    10 Jun 2019
    We enjoyed our stay here, except we booked a 6 bed dorm cos theres 5 of us and theyre under construction so we had to split our group. There were no lockers in the rooms for security of our belongings. The kitchen area is spacious and heaps of communal spaces where lots of people hang out which is great!
    Australia, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    20 Jun 2019
    Good hostel, the rooms need lockers
    Australia, Male, 25-30
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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