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If you don't mind being a little out of Te Anau or Manapouri, then staying in a self-contained holiday house in the country, usually built on a working farm, or alternatively on a rural lifestyle block (a smaller plot of land where the owners have their own animals or grow their own veggies), is a great option and perfect for families. Stay in your own space, but have the benefit of the advice and help of our friendly farmers and lifestyle families, by browsing the list below. The great thing about staying on a farm, or with a lifestyle family, is that you are in beautiful rural surroundings, and also have the opportunity to find out more about New Zealand rural life and usually meet some animals, as well as enjoy Fiordland. Many of our farms and lifestyle blocks are populated by sheep, deer, horses, and even alpaca.
Most countryside accommodation is in separate cottages on the owner's land, but some also more traditional B&B-style, in rooms in the owner's house.
cottage/motel style accommodation in Te Anau on the right hand side of the Milford Road
Blue Thistle Cottages
four self-contained cottages on 10 acres on the right of the Milford road as you drive out of Te Anau towards Milford
self-contained unit on 200 hectare farm on Kakapo road, on the right of the Mossburn highway as you drive into Te Anau
two self-contained cottages on a mixed farm on Tutoko lane, on the right of the Mossburn highway as you drive into Te Anau
Kepler Oaks Chalet
self-contained chalet on a life-style block including horses and other animals, 200 meters from the Waiau River and 10 minute walk to the Kepler track on William Stephen road
self-contained cottage on a life-style block on Hillside Manapouri road, on the left of the Mossburn highway as you drive into Te Anau
River Loch Cottage
2 bedroom serene cottage with views of lake, bush & mountains. On William Stephen Road between the Hollows & Dock Bay Lodge.
Rose 'n' Reel
a self-contained cottage, on a deer farm on Ben Loch lane, on the left of the Mossburn highway as you drive into Te Anau (also has B&B)
two self-contained cottages on a small sheep farm on the left of the Milford road as you drive out of Te Anau towards Milford
luxury log cabin on a life-style block near the Kepler track on William Stephen road, on the right of the Manapouri highway as you drive out of Te Anau