Your all-year round accommodation option for Manapouri and Fiordland

We have a range of options to suit all group sizes. So whether your budget is small or your group is large we're the perfect Fiordland accommodation option.

 

  • 5 Backpacker lodges
    Home crafted backpacker style with kitchen, veranda, potbelly stove and solar lighting $22 - $33pp ($20 - $30pp for BBH members)
  • Budget lodge
    Self-contained with en-suite bathroom sleeping 2 to 4 $86 for 2 ($80 for BBH members). 3 people $88
    4 people $92
  • Holiday house
    4 bedroom house, with a veranda, wood burner and storage space for your boat etc $33pp ($30pp for BBH members), rent the house: $150-200 per night, depending on season

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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.

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Winter's wonderful too!

Lodge in wintherIt’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

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...

Freestone is on the very aptly named Southern Scenic Route. From all the huts and the lodge, there are huge skies and breathtaking views of lake and mountains, which can be enjoyed without the company of sandflies. That’s a big plus in Fiordland. The huts are named for local native birds – the Tui, the Bellbird, the Heron and others – which you can hear and see around you, as you take time in the tranquil surroundings to notice where you are.

Manapouri is on the edge of Fiordland, a national park and World Heritage Site. There’s so much to explore that it’s hard to know where to start. Kerstin and Jimmy are welcoming and helpful hosts, with lots of local information and contacts who can arrange tours and activities at short notice and without fuss. A boat trip on the most beautiful lake in New Zealand (and therefore the world); a guided walk, river kayaking, a horse or helicopter ride, Where to buy plums or a pen. Reasons just to hang out.

There’s internet access at Freestone, but you might just want to switch off from the outside world, and treat yourself to peace and privacy, the joy of meeting likeminded people, the luxury of a spa bath in the b&b unit, or a barbie under southern skies. It’s up to you. Bring your family and friends; it’s perfect for kids and groups, very clean and with great facilities. The horses roam free, and so can you."

Hannah Rapport.