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Knobs Flat
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

I wish we could have stayed longer than 1 night here. So peaceful, surrounded by mountain views and very relaxing with good kitchen facilities and no television. The sandflies are vicious but windows are screened so the fresh mountain air can circulate into your room.
It felt like being close to nature and camping but with all the luxuries you appreciate after a day or two tramping. Close to walks with wonderful views of the stars. Great value - bring some food supplies.

Room Tip: We had the last room available which was the smallest and cheapest studio but it was still a good si...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

I really enjoyed staying here with my family after a 3 day hike on the routeburn track. Facilities were clean, host is helpful. We went to sleep with the curtains open so we could see the scenery as we went to sleep and woke up. There is no tv in the unit (or in ours at least) which i loved. My family and i talked, played games, cooked a meal together.
Tip: There obviously isn't anywhere to eat out but the kitchen has everything you need to cook a meal (minus an oven from memory) so bring a cooler bag of supplies and enjoy a cooked meal.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Best place to stay close to Milford Sound. Very clean, their own private water fall, and PC is a very congenial host. Be sure to bring your own food and fill up with fuel in Te Anau but very quiet and affordable place.

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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We were down there in January. It was a strange summer - a bit cold. Knobs flat is a lovely place. We had a look at their hydro power station - a great little setup.

Facilities are clean and well maintained with the best showers in the south island.

I wont forget the stars reflecting off the snow on the mountains.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

We were coming from and going to a hike and found this place a God send. Host is really helpful and accommodating. Beds were comfortable, shower heavenly, kitchen perfectly adequate with everything we needed. Thank heavens for the screening on the units as the sandflies were abundant. There are some really lovely long and short walks nearby, and it was terrific to be midway between TeAnau and Milford Sound.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Middle of nowhere, peace and tranquility. Stayed in lovely chalet style room in a block of 3. Spacious, modern with all facilities you'd need. Sadly we only stayed one night as we'd pre booked in Milford. With hindsight we'd have stayed here and drove in, it's only an hour away taking it steady. Would definitely return to explore the immediate area more.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

If you're not up for camping or doing the caravan thing, Knobs Flat is easily the best option for enjoying Fiordland. The location is ideal - 1.5/2 hrs from Milford Sound dock, an hour from Te Anau, and 30 minutes drive from a dozen fantastic hiking trails. The manager/owner PC is a great guy and font of knowledge about the geology and history of the Fiordland area and can give you hiking advice for all skill levels. The views are stupendous as you're in a narrow river valley with dramatic mountains on both sides. The tranquility is therapeutic. Even in relatively mellow New Zealand (and very mellow South Island) we loved being alone in the quiet at Knobs Flat as the sun set over the mountains and the tui birds sang. The cabins you can rent are basic but very comfortable and fully equipped with everything you need. Nice hot showers are a blessing. If you stock up in Te Anau, there's really nothing you can't prepare in the cabin kitchen. We enjoyed having our little "cottage" to return to after a day's hiking.

One warning: sand flies are brutal, so make sure your screens are tightly shut!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: SH 94 Te Anau Milford Highway | Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Ranked #6 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Te Anau
Number of rooms: 6

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