Had no idea where to stay at Te Anau, a quiet little town located 2 hours away from Milford Sound, I count so much on tripadvisor review. From the most recommended "speciality lodging" section I found a beautiful place called Birchwood Cottage.
I booked the hotel via booking.com, the price for a 3 bedroom cottage is NZD 240 per night. Perfect as it was within our budget of NZD 120 per night, and we could share the whole house with Dini's family.
|Home away from home at Te Anau|
We arrived after our 2 hours roadtrip from Queenstown. The owners, Ray and Leony, greeted us warmly and showed us the house. It has everything we needed; lovely kitchen, a bathtub for our kiddos and yeay a washing machine! Everything in the house is very well maintained.
|Our house at Te Anau|
|Kiddos' fave place: the living room|
|Our fave area of the house: fully equipped kitchen:)|
|The main bedroom|
|Very clean bathroom|
Not too mention they have a trampoline and also a huge garden with playground for kiddos :)
|What a lovely playground|
Ray's house is just opposite of our house, a very homey house which is located adjacent to the office of Birchwood Cottage.
|The office of Birchwood Cottage|
Locationwise, Birchwood Cottage was only a 5 minutes drive to Te Anau Town Center. We did our grocery shopping and cook our meals to save our daily budget. It was also only a short drive away to Te Anau Lake.
|Te Anau Town Center|
|Lake Te Anau in a cloudy morning|
If you wish to stay in a one bedroom cottage, Ray could assist you as well, Here's the picture of the smaller unit.
|The one bedroom cottage|
The Birchwood Cottage is very recommended if you are looking for a base for your trip to Milford Sound. I could not thank Ray and Leony enough for their hospitality.
written on February 11, 2014 by @tesyasblog