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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

As per title,staff so helpful and polite, but oh! The whole place needs updating. Who on earth has plastic curtains round the bath!!!! Breakfast was well cooked but really cheap fare, fruit from a tin, no pastries .sitting on cracked leather chairs Room Overlooking the car park and woken up by coach parties noisily leaving at 6 am, what a shame as this hotel overlooks the lake, but people expect more nowadays

It is about 15 minutes walk into town or the centre for the caves tour. The hotel is nothing special. There was no aircon or fan. WiFi was poor. No lifts although only one set of stairs. A bit tired but ok for one night.

stayed here as part of our coach tour. Hotel is located opposite the lake with a short 20 minute walk into town Rooms were small, and there was no A/C. Luckily we were only there for one night. Our evening dinner was included and was a buffet, which was just ok. Breakfast was really a very poor affair, especially as some of the hotels previous were exceptional. Staff on reception were friendly as were the restaurant staff. Ok for an overnight stop I suppose as we did, but wouldn't book here for any length of stay.

Arrived at the hotel and went to the room and that was the start of the nightmare.We placed some water bottles in the fridge and it had the remains of some type of meat "maybe ham"and it was filthy so the fridge had to be sterilised. We then noticed that the pillow case were filthy so someone had to come back and change them and at the same time we checked the sheets which were badly stained and they were also changed.We had no privacy due to a walkway outside our window leading to the car park and no net curtains only heavy curtains which when closed made the room so dark we had to put on the lights yet the upstairs rooms appeared to have net curtains.The next problem was when we turned up for dinner,for starters we had the choice of soup which consisted of tinned tomatoes with some pepper in or salad,the main course was either ham or beef and the beef was so rare that our tour guide had to ask for it to be returned to the oven for it to be cooked further,initially there was no bread to go with the soup and we had no dressings for the salad.So you could say that I am not looking forward to breakfast but we have an early start in the morning and I expect that I will give the fried breakfast a miss and have some cereal and fruit instead.We will also be contacting our tour operator to complain about the standards of this hotel and why we were moved to this hotel instead of the original one that was advertised when we booked thank goodness we were only here for one night.We initially asked for a room changed when we found out out dirty the room was but were told all the rooms were the same,heaven help the other guests especially the other 32 guests we were travelling with which commented that this was the worst hotel that they had stopped in over the last three weeks of our tour on both islands which were mainly all retired couples.

The venue is outdated and in desperate need of refurbishment. The windows were mouldy. The shower curtain was white at the top but yellow on the bottom. There looked like there had been a leak in the corner of the room from before. The view out to the lake was hampered by a building in the way. Breakfast was not pleasant, the bacon and sausages lacked any meat quality. This hotel looked like it cut corners in almost every department. Staff were friendly, helpful and courteous. Glad to have only spent one night there. It’s a short walking distance, less than 5 minutes, to the restaurants in town and the lake is just across the road.

The rooms were big enough and decent.. nothing great.. But the location is good. We walked few times to the town center. As someone mentioned, there are stuff stored outside on the aisle which is weird. And it seemed they were renovating. And because they do not have lifts it was difficult with the heavy bags. Thankfully though they had lots of parking. Expensive but it was same with all hotels in Te Anau in December

Considering that the hotel is part of Millenium chain, we had certain expectations. However, we were disappointed. Good thing is the location and the staff. Lakefront location and friendly staff. On the negative side, the WiFi is poor. In the evenings you do not get connection. The bathroom is small and without exhaust fan. You have to take a break for at least half hour if one person has used the toilet!! The AC was not working. The staff managed to provide us with a portable fan, which was creaky and had seen better days. Overall appearance of the aisles was was dingy and had stuff stored outside the rooms.

We stayed here in late December, and paid $249 for a room. This was one of the most expensive hotel stays of our entire trip around New Zealand during high season, and the worst by far. The room smelled simultaneously musty and permanently impregnated with sewer overflow. The hotel itself had the distinct appearance of a Stalin-era prison camp, with all the interior design and maintenance effort which would have gone into such an endeavour. Avoid, unless you feel flush with cash and nostalgic for Stalin and/or sewer smell.

We stayed here at the end of December, which is high season for the Fiordland, New Zealand. We therefore expected to have to pay a bit more for a 1 night stay in Te Anau. We found the Kingsgate for 249NZD (the most expensive hotel we stayed in). All we got was a a mouldy, noisy room. (The mould smell was so bad, it disrupted our sleep). Overpriced, poor quality room. Would I stay here again? No, not if I don't have to.

We stayed 2 nights as it was the closest town to Milford Sound. Our room was upgraded by the hotel, which was so nice! The room was spacious, good size washroom, comfy bed! The reception was always extremely friendly too! The hotel is a 10-15min walk to the shops, restaurants and is opposite to a very pretty lake! Would definitely recommend!

20 Lakefront Drive Te Anau

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau places you next to Lake Te Anau and within a 5-minute walk of Luxmore Jet. This 94-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central Te Anau and also a short walk from Ivon Wilson Scenic Reserve and Fiordland Cinema.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


All 94 rooms feature refrigerators, coffee makers, and free weekday newspapers. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs with digital channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and free newspapers. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

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Superior Twin or Double Breakfast Includ

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 440 reviews