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Reserve well ahead for visits between Christmas and February. Once the peak season is over, you can expect to get some incredibly good deals. There are numerous motel complexes along the waterfront, and backpackers are well served in Te Anau. One of the nicest is Te Anau Backpackers Lodge, 48 Lakefront Dr. (tel. 0800/200-074 in NZ, or 03/249-7713; www.teanaubackpackers.co.nz), where dorm beds are from NZ$25 to NZ$28 and doubles cost NZ$75 to NZ$85.

Blue Ridge Bed and Breakfast, 13-15 Melland Place (tel. 03/249-7740; fax 03/249-7340; www.blueridge.co.nz), has four sunny rooms with mountain views, en-suite bathrooms, big beds, and kitchenettes. Breakfast is included for the very reasonable tariff of NZ$250 to NZ$275. The old-world charms of Te Anau Lodge, 52 Howden St. (tel. 03/249-7477; www.teanaulodge.com), are also worthy of your attention. Originally a convent, this grand old building has been relocated to a new garden and restored to offer eight rooms - seven with en-suite bathrooms, for NZ$225 to NZ$350. I'd also like to recommend a brand-new spot, Dock Bay Lodge, 192 William Stephen Rd., Te Anau (tel. 03/249-7709; www.dockbaylodge.co.nz), which has five big, modern suites right beside Te Anau Golf Course, for NZ$350 to NZ$550 - definitely the nicest rooms in Te Anau township.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.