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“Good spot to relax - good info” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Explorer Motel & Apartments
Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Proserpine, Australia
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good spot to relax - good info”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Fine hospitality and all the host's tips were great. Room clean, spacious and comfortable and the setting is quiet but within easy walking distance of main street. Go with recommendations for Chinese restaurant (roast duck is yummo, pak choi first class) and breakfast spot (bakery) serving excellent bacon and eggs. My "value" assessment based on reduced offer - shoulder season. Free Wi-Fi worked well. I stayed an extra night rather than head off elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank doistayorgo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Absolutely loved this motel!!! The room was super clean, warm and spacious with everything needed to make this a really comfortable stay. The new owner MJ was extremely friendly and full of knowledge on the area and had some great suggestions on keeping the little one busy.... Extremely affordable and value for money. I cant wait till we can come back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LorettaHolland
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We received a friendly reception even though we were the last arrivals of the day. The room we were shown to was larger than we expected with a good size bed. The bathroom was a good size and had a bath with an over shower. Plenty of hot water available although the bath was not the most comfortable I have ever been in. It was clean and had free wi-fi which was very useful to us.
It was in a good quiet location and not far from the lake and local ameneties. All in all an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AirFresheners
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Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

My partner and I stayed there, we were so happy to have a spacious room with a kitchenette and separate loo and shower. The staff are very happy to help in anything you want. And they booked a trip to Milford Fiord as well which was excellent. The room was very clean as well.

Room Tip: they have studio apartments, 1 and 2 bedrooms as well. The gardens are excellent with outside littl...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kerry C
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MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Thank you for you lovely review - it was a pleasure hosting you here in Te Anau.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

I found the presentation to be of a poor standard. A dead pot plant in the parking area is not a welcoming sight. The carpet was stained, there was a cob web on the internal window frame and generally the room although spascious could have done with a better clean. The TV must be about 20 years old without a remote control that worked. I feel for the price charged it needed to be of a better quality.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gloria813
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MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Thank you for your review.
I took over this motel 5 months ago and there are things that we are working on - I decided on takeover that offering guest excellent quality free wifi was more of a priority than brand new flat screen TVs, however 80% of the rooms have already been upgraded with flatscreen TVs - and the final rooms will be done later this year.

I am sorry the dead pot plants offended you - these have been left to die off as they are to be repotted up with fresh soil and bulbs for spring - unfortunately they were too heavy for me to move out of the carpark and out of guests view!
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York, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

We had a really warm welcome from the present owner who is most knowledgable about the area and offered great tips on what to do and where best to eat. We stopped two nights in a clean and tidy room which had an outside seating area. I will stop here again on our next visit. Roger I.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rodger_inns
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Absolutely fantastic...We arrived soaking wet and feeling very sorry for ourselves to a wonderful welcome from the hotel owner of the Explorer Motel & Apartments who seeing our sorry state offered us a great room rate and a much-needed glass of wine. Unsurpassable friendliness and a great location I would recommend this as a stop off for any traveller through Te Anau. We would like to say Thank You so much and look forward to staying again in the future.

Room Tip: We stayed in a suite on the ground floor with its own bathroom and kitchen. This was great as we wer...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jenny C
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Additional Information about Explorer Motel & Apartments

Property: Explorer Motel & Apartments
Address: Corner of Mokoroa and Cleddau Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn)
Phone Number:
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#12 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Explorer Motel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explorer Motel & Apartments offer warm spacious apartments with spectacular mountain & park views,free wifi and friendly service. All apartments are self contained with the choice of studios or one and two bedroom apartments. We can accommodate singles, couples, families, corporate travellers or small groups. We have a movie/games room & communal kitchen with an extensive range of equipment (i.e. rice cookers, woks & hotplates), as well as a laundry with washers and dryers for guests use. Explorer Motel & Apartments is set in a park like gardens with guest BBQ area, it is a great place for relaxing in the evenings, after a long day visiting Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound or Fiordland National Park. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Explorer Hotel Te Anau
Comfort Inn Te Anau
Explorer Motel & Apartments Te Anau, Fiordland National Park

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