Hollyford Valley, Te Anau
Get away from it all at Gunn's Camp - there is no phone coverage or wi-fi, but a generator provides electricity for a few hours at night. Some cabins date from the late 1930's when they housed men working on a roading project. There is a modern communal kitchen with gas cookers but you need to take your own crockery etc. Visit the onsite museum to learn about the camp's history and the legend of Davey Gunn and his son Murray. Ideal base for day walks and longer tramps like the Hollyford Track. Camping from $15 per person, backpacker accommodation from $25 per person.
Te Anau Lodge
52 Howden St
www.teanaulodge.com Phone: 03 249 7477
Built in 1936, and relocated to Te Anau from nearby Nightcaps, this former convent has been lovingly restored with many unique architectural and design features. Unwind in the library, with wonderful views of the lake, our lovely garden and the surrounding mountains. Tea, coffee and cakes are always available. Leisurely breakfast is served in the former chapel, with its stained-glass windows. An atmosphere which is homely, and warm awaits all.
Milford Mariner & Milford Wanderer
www.realjourneys.co.nz Phone: 0800 656 501
Book an over night cruise on either the Milford Mariner (private cabins with ensuite) or Milford Wanderer (twin share with shared bathrooms, limited quad share) and experience the magic of Milford Sound. Bus transfers to the vessels can be arranged from either Queenstown or Te Anau.
Victoria Railway Hotel
corner Leven & Esk Streets
www.hotelinvercargill.co.nz Phone: 03 218 1281
The Victoria Railway Hotel is a boutique hotel and was built in 1896, it is located opposite the Invercargill Railway Station. Gerrard's Restaurant is onsite and serves locally brewed beer and New Zealand wine. Rooms from $130 per night.
51 Herbert Street
www.safarilodge.co.nz Phone: 0800 885 557
Safari Lodge offers 5 star luxury with a touch of Africa. Each of the four ensuite rooms are furnished with a hand carved four poster bed. Tariff from $280 double including breakfast. Reviewers rate the lodge highly and also suggest that Invercargill is worth more than a one night stay.
24km from Invercargill, 12 minutes drive from Stewart Island ferry
Facebook Phone: 021 0767 138
Stay in a rebuilt 1967 caravan near the beach in Omaui, 12 minutes drive from the Stewart Island ferry. Offered as an alternative to backpacker accommodation, the caravan sleeps two, kitchen and bathroom are shared with the owners in their home. Would suit those interested in learning more about the environmental work being done in the area. Contact owner direct for rates.
40 Gore Street
www.foveauxhotel.co.nz Phone: 03 212 7196
Stay in the 1930's Art Deco style Foveaux Hotel located just two minutes walk from the Stewart Island ferry. Rooms available with or without ensuite. From $75 single (shared bathroom) and $125 double with ensuite. Onsite licensed restaurant.