Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!
Living in New Zealand means you don't stay in too many hotels, but when Rob's parents came to visit, we obviously spread out a bit.
Like everyone else who visits New Zealand, one of our must-dos with Rob's parents was to visit Milford Sound and go cruising. We share our impressions of the trip here, but the one thing we absolutely recommend doing is going to Milford in your own vehicle and breaking up the trip from Queenstown (or wherever you started) by overnighting in Te Anau.
In Te Anau, we stayed at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, which was $140 for four people. It was unremarkable and a bit out of town, but having the lake and "beach" right across the street was nice. The kitchenette was also large enough to do some damage in, which is a plus if you're hungry!
Like all places in New Zealand in this midrange price range, the hotel was clean but nothing special
Even with the break in Te Anau, it still seemed like a really long drive back and forth to Milford, so I can't even imagine what it's like doing 9+ hours of driving in one day. The other benefits of overnighting halfway is exploring Te Anau's lake, getting a headstart on the road so it's not as crowded, and beating the tourists to the boats.
Have you been to Milford Sound?
Did it meet your expectations? Was it one of your must-dos for New Zealand? Where did you overnight? Share your thoughts in the comments!