Freestone - Manapouri backpackers and accommodation
Small, unique, peaceful, with a rustic look, Freestone is a true Fiordland experience. Set in 10 acres of tree studded hillside with breathtaking views of Lake Manapouri and mountains from everywhere on the property and almost no sandflies, it’s heaven for nature lovers. Choose from one of our unique, homebuilt, cosy, spacious timber lodges with own kitchen, solar lighting and wood burner, or book the holiday house - great for groups and families. It is the perfect base to discover all that Fiordland has to offer: Doubtful and Milford Sound cruises, kayaking, tramping the Kepler, Milford, and Dusky tracks among others, fishing, hunting, boating, or simply as food for the soul.
We are happy to help you to plan your holiday here and offer free bookings for all activities in Fiordland.
Of course we have all the usual – a car park, storage room, internet, washing machine and dryer on the place… but sorry, no campsites and no place for campervans.
Book online now or simply call us: +64 3 249 6893
Whether you're a BBH member or not, you can book online right away and secure your booking. Non-members...why not join? It's only $45 for a one year membership and includes a $20 phone card. Membership guarantees you the current BBH discounted rates; otherwise there’s a $3 surcharge per night at any BBH hostel. You can find more information on the BBH website: www.bbh.co.nz, or buy the membership card in any of the 320+ BBH hostels in New Zealand.
Winter's wonderful too!
It’s just as fantastic to stay in Manapouri in winter time - the scenery's even more incredible with the snow on the mountains. There are still great walks around you can do and it’s a wonderful time to visit the Doubtful Sound or just chill out in front of a cosy fire. The mountains get the bulk of the snow so there's no need to worry about getting in or out.
Check out a new venture!
Charter a boat, create your own trip, fish, tramp, swim or kayak, or just relax on our coffee cruises or our Magical Sunset Sail with live piano music. See our website Manapouri Lake Cruises for more info!
Manapouri is a quiet small town at the entrance of Fiordland National Park, located on the eastern shore of New Zealand’s most beautiful lake: Lake Manapouri. With its laid back character and a population of about 400 people, it’s a great alternative to the busy tourist spots in the surrounding areas, like Te Anau, which is only a 15 minute drive north. Pearl Harbour, in Manapouri, is the departure point for all Doubtful Sound trips and several Great Walks in Fiordland.
But what makes Freestone unique?
One of our guests, Hannah Rapport, first stayed at Freestone Backpackers in January 2010 and wrote this to us. We think it sums things up pretty well...
"Oh boy. The New Year’s Eve party was fabulous. 31 December is midsummer here. The days are long and the nights are clear and warm. We sang and danced, ate and drank, and when it was dark the bonfire blazed. Everyone found a common language and songs – the Belgian, Dutch, Canadian, French and Kiwi guests, and the newly arrived Englishwoman who still can’t leave Manapouri. Read more...