Mountaineer Chalet Fiordland is a comfortable, recently redecorated and spacious (130 sq m) 1960s house in Te Anau, just 50 m from the shore of beautiful Lake Te Anau and the edge of Fiordland Natonal Park. Fiordland is part of "Te Wahi Pounamu", the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. This title may be translated as "the treasured place" and is well deserved by the immense wilderness of majestic mountain scenery, fjords, lakes, rivers and unique New Zealand bush and wildlife.
The Chalet has a dash of mid-century-modern, sixties style, restored to fit with its original era; bring your ipod to hook up with our original valve radio-gram! The sheltered 1300 sqm garden surrounded by lawn, borders and trees, a peaceful retreat to enjoy. Outdoor furniture and barbeque ready for summer meals in the open air. Or if weather is cooler, curl up in front of the cosy log fire, which adds to the chalet atmosphere! Enjoy a hot bath or shower and sleep between good quality, pure natural linen or cotton sheets - freshly washed and sunshine dried!
A walkway beside the garden leads to the lake and the Department of Conservation's National Park Visitor Centre, where you can find detailed information on the national park and surrounds. Your host is happy to book you in advance for various activities in the area, to help you have a great holiday!
Full kitchen equipped for cooking your own meals, or eat out at any of the good cafes and restaurants in Te Anau. No hustle, bustle or traffic lights here! Te Anau is a small and friendly village with a population of about 3000 folk, there are plenty of shops and services for your convenience. Your host lives nearby and is ready to help you with any queries.
Wifi as a wireless signal is available for a small charge. ($10/GB).
Minimum stay of 2 nights November to April - allows you to enjoy more of what is on offer in our region! Low season (May - October) one night stays available.
Te Anau has an 18 hole golf course with beautiful lake and mountain views, legendary sport fishing, scenic flights by light plane or helicopter available, visit glow worm caves, go horse riding, walk some of the local tracks either day walks or overnighters, visit Milford or Doubtful Sound for a cruise, go sea kayaking or just enjoy a picnic. Only 2 hours drive from Queenstown airport and the Coronet Peak and Remarkables skifields for the winter sports.
Your hosts Jane and Simon have a local's knowledge of the area, and are happy to help by recommending and booking activities for your stay. There are so many ways to get out and connect with Nature in Fiordland. Let us help you have a really memorable holiday!
Planning tip: Jan and Feb are very busy months for accommodation in our town. Book early to secure your preferred dates.
Close to Te Anau, there are a number of lovely short day walks in the national park on easy, well formed tracks. The local golf club has an 18 hole golf course with clubs, trundlers, golf carts all for hire and visitors are welcome. Views of the lake and mountains from this beautiful course are gorgeous enough to send you home happy even if your aim is a bit off on the day!
There are several expert fishing guides who might take you out for some quiet time by the river, prior experience not essential. Again, if there are none of those giant trout silly enough to take the hook, the ripple of the river will wash away any stress!
Horse riding is a great way to see the scenery, or do a bit of hobbit-spotting maybe, for "Lord of the Rings" movie fans? One trek option follows alongside "The River Anduin", otherwise known as the Waiau which drains mighty Lake Te Anau...
For the less outdoorsy, Fiordland Cinema is very boutique, very comfortable and you can enjoy great South Island wines in the attached Black Dog Bar. "Atawhenua", the movie of Fiordland in all seasons, lives here and is a must - feature movies played also. There are several great eateries in town where you can enjoy all sorts, from casual coffees, pizzas and snacks, takeaway fish and chips to fine restaurant dining! You might like to take a trip across the lake to the glow worm caves, where an underground river rushes down through the mountain and tiny flies light up the ceiling, not just to delight us humans but actually in hope of attracting food.
Mountaineer Chalet - Private self-catering house, Te Anau, Fiordland. Just 50m from lake edge, short walk to shops and restaurants. Quality linen, log fire, peaceful garden. Washing machine and laundry tub. Electric heaters and electric blankets available in all bedrooms.