About Shakespeare House B&B

Nathan and Liz owners of Shakespeare House B&B
Nathan and Liz owners of Shakespeare House B&B

Shakespeare House B&B is Te Anau’s longest running Bed and Breakfast, probably because it’s only 100 metres from Lake Te Anau and a short ten-minute stroll to Te Anau’s shops and restaurants. It’s close enough from town to be convenient, but far enough away to not pick up on lots of pesky noise at night.

Shakespeare House B&B gets its name from previous owners, but now draws from the great wordsmith; William Shakespeare. Each room is named after a play or line from one of his great plays and brings a little of the delight of Shakespearian prose into the everyday.


‘I rather would entreat thy company; to see the wonders of the world abroad, 

Than, living dully sluggardized at home, 

Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.’ 

- William Shakespeare


Shakespeare House B&B offers a complimentary continental breakfast and has cooked options available, served in the dining room each morning. Guests can book tours through Shakespeare House. Nathan and Liz are happy to give advice on the best tours and attractions to suit any budget and can recommend things a little off the beaten track.

Shakespeare House B&B is a great location for exploring all that Fiordland National Park has to offer. You could be doing one of the great walks such as the Milford Track, Routeburn and Kepler Track. Te Anau, Manapouri and the road to Milford Sound all offer short walks from 30 minutes to 3-6 hours. Shakespeare House B&B is a good base for a day trip to Milford Sound and is close to Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound. There’s just so many great activities in the area, from glow-worm caves to jet boating, to bird watching and helicopter flights; there’s something for everyone. Have a look at our ‘Local Attractions’ page or just ask your hosts; Nathan and Liz.  

Nathan and Liz at Shakespeare House B&B
Nathan and Liz at Shakespeare House B&B

Liz Kirk and Nathan Benfell

Nathan and Liz are Te Anau locals with a great amount of knowledge and insider tips on the Fiordland area. Nathan is a born and bred Southlander who hasn’t left the area. While Liz is a kiwi who has lived in a few parts of New Zealand but has always called this area home. Nathan has previously worked in sales and management roles before taking the plunge and purchasing Shakespeare house B&B with Liz in September 2017.

Nathan and Liz love being able to share this beautiful part of New Zealand with people from around the world, and love having the opportunity to enhance people’s holiday experiences. They view it as a privilege to share their local knowledge with people and enjoy finding out what people want to get out of their holiday and giving them some ideas to get them on a path to goodness, so they have the best experience of New Zealand that they can. It could be doing something not so touristy or off the beaten track, or it could be getting a discount on an adrenaline junkies dream, whatever it may be, Nathan and Liz are here to help their visitors have an enjoyable stay at Shakespeare House B&B.


‘Tis ever common that men are merriest when they are from home.’ 

- William Shakespeare.