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Australasian Bat Society 2020 Conference & AGM


Conference participants need to book their own accommodation in Te Anau. There are a large number of accommodation options available, but March is a busy time of year, and accommodation is booking out fast already. You are therefore advised to book accommodation as early as possible – i.e. now – to avoid missing out on your preference.


A reminder that if you are going on the post-conference field trip you will need to book your Te Anau accommodation to include the night of 11th March as participants will be returned to Te Anau late that night.


Several places in Te Anau have offered discounted rates to ABS Conference delegates (outlined below). All of the hotels/backpackers listed are within easy walking distance of the venue at the Distinction Hotel on Lakefront Drive. All prices given below are in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and include GST.


Information is also provided below on private accommodation options (Air BnB, Bachcare). While there are not a huge number of hotels, there are a lot of holiday houses to rent, so this would be a good option (and end up cheaper) for groups of people. There are also other accommodation websites and other hotels in Te Anau not listed below.

Distinction Hotel (Conference venue)

The Distinction Hotel is offering ABS conference delegates approx. 20% discount on a limited number of Garden View and Garden Villa rooms.


Garden View Hotel Room: discounted rate NZD $220/night (normally $275); 2 Queen beds (in the same room), 1-4 guests


Garden Villa Room: discounted rate NZD $230/night (normally $285); 1 Queen bed, 1-2 guests.

Rates are based on twin/double or single share. An extra bed can be added at an additional cost of $45 per night.

20 rooms have been held aside for ABS conference delegates at the discounted rates for the dates 7th-12th March 2020. Bookings must be made prior to February 1st when any unbooked rooms will be released for public bookings.


To receive the discounted rates (subject to room availability): Book directly via phone or email, quoting Reservation number 622996 before 1st February 2020.




Phone: +64 3 249 9700

Address: 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau.


Lakefront Backpackers

Lakefront Backpackers are offering conference delegates 10% off the following rates:


Double room with ensuite: NZD $135/night (discounted = c. $122/night)


Double/twin room with shared bathroom: NZD $88/night (discounted = c.$80/night)

Triple room with ensuite: NZD $120 (for 2 people) or NZD $142 (for 3 people)/night (discounted = $108/night for 2 people or c.$128/night for 3 people)


Garden cabin (double bed) with shared bathroom: NZD $120/night (discounted = $108/night)


There are also dorm rooms available (not discounted):

4 bed dorm with ensuite: NZD $39 per person per night

6 bed dorm with shared bathroom: NZD $37 per person per night


To receive discounted rates (subject to room availability): Bookings can be made directly by phone or email and mentioning that you are attending the Australasian Bat Society Conference, or by using discount code AUSBAT on the Lakefront Backpackers’ website.




Phone: +64 3-249 7713

Free phone: 0800 200 074 (within NZ)

Address: 48/50 Lakefront Drive.


Getaway Te Anau Holiday Park

A discount of 10% is offered to ABS Conference delegates for the following accommodation options. Prices given below are for full occupancy but rates reduce for fewer occupants.


Family Cabin (Queen + set of bunks, without bathroom)

Full occupancy= 4 people: Normal rate NZD $160/night. ABS Conference rate NZD $144/night. This cabin has a Queen Bed and a set of bunk beds (2 beds) fully made up with linen. Basic breakfast making facilities.


2-bedroom apartment

Full occupancy= 6 people: Normal rate NZD $645/night. ABS Conference rate NZD $580/night. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge/dining area. Bedroom 1: King Bed. Bedroom 2: King Bed and a set of Bunk Beds (2 beds)


3-bedroom apartment

Full occupancy= 8 people: Normal rate NZD $699/night. ABS Conference rate NZD $629/night. Each apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge/dining area. Bedroom 1: King Bed, Ensuite. Bedroom 2: King Bed. Bedroom 3: two sets of Bunk Beds (4 beds).


To receive discounted rates (subject to room availability): A 10% discount code is provided below to use when making a booking on the Getaway Te Anau website. Enter the discount code BATS on the checkout/payment page in the discount code field. (Not in the promotion code box). This code is valid for the dates 7th-12th March 2020 and is valid online only.




Phone: +64 3 249 7462

Free phone: 0800 249 746 (NZ only)

Address: 128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau.


Te Anau YHA

A 10% discount is offered for ABS Conference delegates when they book directly with the hostel. (This is the same discount that YHA members receive, so if you are already a member there is no additional discount sorry).


Already the only room types currently available for the conference dates are budget twin private (2 bunk beds, including linen, communal bathroom and communal kitchen) and multi-share mixed or female dorms (including linen, communal bathroom and communal kitchen).


To receive the discount (subject to room availability): phone or email hostel manager Steff Ineson and mention that you are attending the Australasian Bat Society Conference.




Phone: +64 3 249 7847

Address: 29 Mokonui Street, Te Anau.


Parklands Hotel

A discount of 10% off the prices given on the hotel’s website is available to anyone booking through their website. There is already only limited availability of different room types.


1-Bedroom/kitchen units

Normal rate NZD $159/night for 2 guests (discounted = c. $143). Additional person $15/night. Maximum 3 guests. Rooms have queen & single bed in bedroom, single bed can be moved into lounge.


Family Studio Unit

Normal rate NZD $170/night, up to a maximum of 4 guests (discounted = c. $153/night). Queen bed in one room, 2 single beds in other room (sleeps 4). Tea & coffee making facilities. Access to shared kitchen /dining room


To receive the discounted rates (subject to room availability). Book online on the Parklands Hotel website. 10% is automatically subtracted on the second page of the booking process.



Phone: +64 3 249 7240;  Free phone: 0800 727 552 (NZ only)

Address: 20 Mokoroa St, Te Anau


Air BnB


There are many Air BnB places available in central Te Anau, within easy walking distance of the conference venue. Options are to rent a private bedroom while being hosted by the home owners or rent out an entire, self-contained dwelling. Many of the self-contained houses can accommodate several people and so are a good option for sharing with a few friends. This can work out considerably cheaper than hotels. In addition to the room or dwelling charge, Air BnB charges services fees and an obligatory cleaning fee. These vary with number of people and length of stay. For 3 or 4 people staying in a self-contained dwelling for 5 nights these work out at around NZD $200 service fee and NZD $200 cleaning fee. Linen and towels are provided.



This website provides a similar service to Air BnB with 28 self-contained houses listed for Te Anau on their site, ranging in price from about $150 to $300 per night, housing 3-6 people. Several of these houses are listed on both Air BnB and Bachcare websites, however, when they were compared for the same number of guests and nights, Bachcare was considerably cheaper than Air BnB. Note that the nightly rate given on the first page of a selected property on the Bachcare website includes a service fee (which is typically much cheaper than Air BnB), while an optional cleaning service (NZD $100) and provision of linen (NZD $25 per person) are selected as ‘add-ons’ further into the booking process, but even with these ‘add-ons’ Bachcare was cheaper.


Air BnB and Bachcare require full payment before occupation, with an option for full payment at the time of booking or deferred payment with a deposit paid at the time of booking and the balance paid several weeks prior to staying.

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