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Birchwood Cottages
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2010

The owners Ray and partner were more than helpful. They gave us many a free ride in the van to local places , They organised appointments for us and more. The cottages are perfect for a quick stopover or to take a family for a good week or more. They have plenty of room and cottages are well spread out from each other.
I will return there one day as Te Anau is a beautiful little town

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Thank JimmyMan3
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2010

Stayed here in Nov 2010 as our base for when we did the Milford Track. Ray and Leonie are terrific! They are both exceptionally customer focussed that it made our stay even more memorable. We organised for Ray to pick us up from QSTN - the 2 hour or so trip to Te Anau was great as Ray told us all about the area and what we'd expect on the Milford Track. Ray was good enough to drop us into town so we could organise our gear and then came back to pick us up. The cottage we stayed in was very homely, comfortable, clean and large enough for 3 of us. We left our bags with Ray and Leonie when we went on the track (had a great time!) and returned a few days later. We went straight to take our gear back before going to our Cottage and whilst we were there we were pleasantly surprised by Ray who had come to pick us up! We organised breakfast with Ray for the following morning as we were leaving early for QSTN. When we arrived in QSTN we had a message that we had left something behind - again no bother for Ray, he organised to have it dropped back to us by his sister who was travelling from Te Anau to QSTN! Thanks again Ray and Leonnie for a great stay. We wish everywhere we stay provides service like you do. We will see you again!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank dodge3112
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Reno
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2010

We recently spent 25 days in New Zealand and one of the many highlights of our trip was our visit to the Fiordlands National Park on the South Island. We stayed at Birchwood Cottages (birchwoodcottages@xtra.co.nz) and found the accommodations very nice. The owners, Leonie and Ray, were very friendly and helpful. They also run Fiordland Tours which we used for a tour of the Park and cruise on Milford Sound. Our guide, Don, was wonderful.......we would not have been able to see and learn about the Park as much as we did without him. Leonie kept the fire going while we were out, which we so appreciated. All in all, it was a great place to stay. The cottage has a full kitchen, living room with wood fire stove, three bedrooms and a laundry. What a beautiful area of the South Island to visit.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peru4me
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Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2010

My husband and I, together with another couple, stayed for 2 nights in one of the cottages which was very quiet, clean and extremely comfortable with everything you could want from a full kitchen to your own washing machine. The hosts couldn't do enough for us, with Leonie even lighting the fire each evening so that we came home to a warm house. We recommend taking one of Ray's small group tours, www.fiordlandtours.co.nz, to Milford Sound. We had the small bus to ourselves with Ray taking us to lots of places the big companies don't get to see, and he put us on one of the small boats which meant we could get close in to the shore in Milford Sound. He even brought a hot drink for us to have with our lunch in Hollyford Valley.This was one of our best stays in NZ and one of the cheapest as well.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gwennyth
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2010

My wife and I just completed a 6 week visit to Australia and New Zealand. Having always referred to Trip Advisor reviews, we came upon the Birchwood Cottages in Te Anau to use as a base to visit Milford Sound and area. We were not disappointed and would give our cottage at Birchwood an excellent rating in all respects given the very reasonable price paid. Cleanliness and privacy are 2 aspects we look for in our travels. Ray and Leonie, the proprietors are down to earth hard working people who went out of their way to ensure that we had a comfortable stay. Ray also arranged our tour of Milford Sound. Would very highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HappyCloud99
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Maffra, Australia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2010

Only stayed at the cottage one night on our tour of the Sth island. Would have like a longer time here. After a noisy night in Dunedin it was bliss to lay back in the big bed and hear nothing. These cottages are so well set up, and it was such a pleasure after a days drive to be greeted by the friendly owner who was very helpful. We will definately try to get back for a longer visit next time.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank James C
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Rosemount, Australia
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2010

We initially booked a cottage for four nights but ended up staying for nine! The cottage that we stayed in was cosy, warm, comfortable and well equipped but it was our hosts, Ray & Leonie that really made all the difference to our stay. It was with their help, attention to detail, detailed knowledge of the area and kindness that set this accommodation apart. On a couple of occasions, after returning to our cottage after dark and after a big day out in the cold weather, Leonie thoughtfully had turned a light on for us and pre heated our cottage. Now that's service ++!
We were conveniently able to book all of our sightseeing tours (which were all good competitive value) through our hosts who can advise you on any aspect of your intended itinerary.
This location is highly recommended if you like excellent service, great advice, good value self contained accommodation and a warm friendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dazzler24
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Property: Birchwood Cottages
Address: 208 Milford Road, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Ranked #4 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Birchwood Cottages 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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