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Just a few distances from Freestone Backpackers to a couple of destinations:

  • To Manapouri
    3km - 3min
  • To Te Anau
    23km - 20min
  • To Milford
    149km - 2hrs (but make sure you allow all day!)
  • To Queenstown
    159km - 1.45hrs
  • To Invercargill
    150km - 1.30hrs (but add 45mins if you go via the Southern Scenic and coast)
  • To Dunedin
    291km /3.45min
  • To Tuatapere
    79km- 1.06hrs
  • To Kepler Track
    8km - 10min


To the walking tracks we are:

  • To Kepler Track
    8km - 10min
  • Routeburn Track (Divide carpark end)
    110km- 1.20hrs
  • Humpridge Track
    79km- 1.06hrs
  • Dusky Track
    Accessed by boat from:
    Manapouri (3km)
    Lake Hauroko (45min
    by car).



finding us

Finding us

Arriving by Car

It’s easy to find us if you are traveling by car.

We're on the Southern Scenic Route, 3km east of Manapouri. If you are coming from Milford or Te Anau follow the signs to Manapouri. In Manapouri take the first road left, signposted Tuatapere. Look out for the first hill on you right, 3km out of town. Come up our gravel road and see us in the office in the top house, or use the intercom at the car park.

Note that if you're coming from Queenstown or Invercargill via Highway 94, you don’t have to go through Te Anau. Just follow the turn off to Manapouri (called Hillside Road) and find us 3km before Manapouri on a hill to your left, just opposite Home Creek nursery.

If you're coming from Invercargill why not take the Southern Scenic Route? It takes a little longer but is, well, scenic! There are some beautiful beaches and coast along the way and you could pop into Lake Hauroko or the Rakatu wetlands too.

Arriving by bus

There are only two bus companies passing our property the Southern Scenic Shuttle and Tracknet both going between Te Anau and Invercargill.

Arriving on foot

Gosh, you are brave! Just give us a call and we can pick you up from Manapouri…

Getting to Freestone - map