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Keiko's Cottages & Bed & Breakfast
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Keiko's Cottages & Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #15 of 29 Te Anau B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lone Traveller from Fife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

Was travelling over New Zealand with Milford Sound one of my visits to be 'ticked-off'. Upon arriving at Milford i found my camera shutter wasn't working, and didn't have time to travel to Te Anau and back again to catch another boat, so decided to stop overnight in Te Anau and travel back that next day.

I happened across Keiko's purely by chance when looking for overnight accommodation near to the road i was travelling, and actually thought that it would be outwith my price range (such was the high standard of gardens, and appearance of the accommodation). However Kevin was extremely helpful, and we agreed a very reasonable rate for the night, with myself staying in one of the cottages.

The cottage itself was of a perfect size, very well equiped, extremely clean and comfortable with off street parking also.

As per the other reviews i have seen, the breakfast was excellent, with Kevin & Keiko being very likeable and sociable guests.

I am writing this review approx. 1 year after my stay, which demonstrates the regard i have for the service offered at this delightful B&B.

I do not hessitate in recommending this B&B for anyone planning to visit Te Anau / Milford.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

Very comfortable stay with burbling Japanese garden outside the door. Host was a fountain of local information, and his advice that it was 2.5 hours to Milford was spot on....we stopped at every lay-by for frequent photographs, and didn't exceed 80 km/h at any point. Breakfast was excellent, with eggs and bacon on request, as well as the usual toasts, jam, yoghurt etc....brewed coffee too. Very clean with big warm bed. Keiko and Kevin were excellent hosts. We wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Keiko's. So much was special about our stay there. Keiko and Kevin are warm, helpful, and talented in many ways. Keiko's Japanese breakfast (in Fiordland of all places!) was truly a highlight of our vacation. Ah, the smoked trout... There were many small touches, too - like the NZ Geographic magazines in our cottage - which added to our enjoyment. Kevin booked us on a Milford Sound tour with a smaller operator, which was just right for us. We feel lucky to have stayed there.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

We spend 3 night for Christmas day and had the most wonderful time with Keiko & Kevin, who are so charming hosts. Every day after having visited wonderful places, like the 2 great Sounds, we had a chat with Kevin about our day, upon a glass of wine and home made snacks made by Keiko (we loved the smoked fish Keiko & Kevin fished themselves). Kevin knows a lot of things about New Zealand and we could speak about plenty of subjects. It was great! The weather was fine and sunny, so we had our chats with Kevin in the garden. Keiko has a magnificent garden in Japanese style, and since we love plants, we really enjoyed.
The cottage we had was very cosy and we liked a lot the decoration. We slept very well, and in for morning we had delicious Japanese breakfasts! If you do not mind eating cooked food in the morning, then you definitely have to try Keikos breakfasts! We had every day something else, and it was just great. Breakfasts where so big that we did not really eat for noon, only evening :).
Last but not least, Keiko and Kevin are very helpful about organizing your stay in Te Anau. They booked for us the trip in the Doubtful Sound and also the helicopter trip. We had a great stay at Keiko’s cottages, and we clearly recommend to you all this charming place with charming hosts!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had the most wonderful experience. Keiko and Kevin are the most welcoming hosts. Kevin is a fountain of knowledge. He knows everything about the regions of Queenstown/Tea Anau-Manapouri/Fijordland Nat'l Park and all the activities there are to do, and it definitely helps to have a great fun experience and to save money if you take his insider's advice on planning activities and also restaurants. We went hiking twice and Kevin lent us their walking sticks. He also booked us for our Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound tours, it was great not to have to handle anything ourselves, but just enjoy.

The grounds are beautiful with a floral garden and fish ponds. Our cottage as very cozy and comfortable. Bed was good and we had great nights' sleep. You can tell that Keiko put much thoughts into details of the room decor. Kitchenette was well equipped, although I would suggest adding a French press for guests who want to make their own coffee. There are heaters and electric blankets to keep you warm at night. We look at the spa but never had time to use it. It a great treat if you go for a long day hike. We loved Keiko's Japanese breakfasts. I'm a vegetarian and she made proper accommodations. The charge a bit extra for that but for the amount of work that goes into preparing them so early in the morning, there should be no complaint. It's absolutely amazing that one can have a cultural dining experience like this in the tiny town of Te Anau.

An earlier review complaint that there is no place to buy food between Te Anau and Milford. This is most definitely NOT true. The Milford experience depends on tourism and the service providers here are first rate. First off, I can't see how anyone can starve with all the food that Kevin and Keiko serve up for breakfast. But even if one gets hungry again 2 hrs later after driving to Milford Sound, the Visitor's Center at Milford Sound can feed a troop of hungry Hobbits if needed. They sell a full breakfast with eggs, bacon, muffins, scones, fruits, you name it, they got it. They also have variety of sandwiches to go, plus all sorts of chips, bars, candy bars, cookies, and coffee/tea choices that would make Starbucks proud. If you tour with Real Journey, they sell snacks on the boat with complimentary coffee and tea. When we returned from our tour, the Visitor's Center was selling lunches with pasta, meat, corn, salads, bread, everything. The Visitor's Center and the launch center, as well as the boats, also have good bathroom facilities. This is a very well-run operation.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed at Keiko's for four nights in December 2011. It was very enjoyable, and we'll certainly return if we're ever in Te Anau again. Prior to our arrival, Kevin gave us some very helpful advice about local attractions, and helped us with bookings. The room was comfortable, and very clean, and the surrounding gardens and fishponds are beautiful. Keiko's Japanese breakfasts are a bit of an adventure, since the menu depends heavily on what fish they happen to have caught. Delicious, and creative, but maybe a bit of a challenge at 7 AM if you're not used to Japanese food. My wife and daughter ate them happily, but I stuck with the cereals, breads, and home-made jams (which were also delicious). In our experience, the restaurants in Te Anau were all pretty poor, so Keiko's breakfast will probably be the best meal of your day. During our stay, we changed our plans, and needed to book some activities at very short notice. Because of his local connections, Kevin was able to arrange some things for us, which we would never have been able to do ourselves. He even took us fishing, and allowed us to use his equipment. Generally, Kevin and Keiko treated us more like friends/family than customers. We spent a very pleasant evening chatting with them about all kinds of things, and drank a lot of their beer. Cheers, Kevin; kampai, Keiko. Hope to see you again, sometime.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

We spent 3 nights in small studio cottage at the back. It was quiet and private, with a comfortable bed, nice bathroom with good shower and a small kitchen with fridge, microwave, and cooktop. Breakfast basics were provided in our room. For a fee and advance notice Keiko will prepare her Japanese breakfast for a minimum of two people. We elected not to do this--just too much food for us.

The studio was very clean and was cleaned and/or freshened for us whenever we were gone for more than a few hours, so we always came back to a tidy room with fresh towels.

One Keiko and Kevin provided us with fresh flounder they had just caught off the beach nearby, which was certainly beyond expectations. We poached it simply for a delicious dinner.

Kevin is very knowledgeable about the area, but can get a bit prickly if you question his recommendations. Once he realized we would go our own way, we got on fine.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Keiko's Cottages & Bed & Breakfast

Property: Keiko's Cottages & Bed & Breakfast
Address: 228 Milford Road, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 20

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