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“Enjoyable stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Explorer Motel & Apartments

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Explorer Motel & Apartments
Ranked #13 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Ipswich, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Enjoyable stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

We arrived (4 adults) on spec after a long drive, offered a discount as it was low season by a very pleasant and helpful host and personally shown to our room. It was fairly basic and yet to be updated but clean, spacious and warm. Reccommendations for a good meal (Chinese was fab) and directions for a short pleasant walk to town were appreciated.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kthom53
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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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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
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Glen Ellen, California
Level Contributor
132 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

When we first drove in to the parking lot we thought we may have made a mistake. The motel looked quite dated and the green carpet on the exterior entry walks is tacky. We discovered that the place had been closed and new ownership was in the process of upgrading. Our room was clean, spacious and fully equipped. The location was good due to a pleasant pathway leading to the main street. It is off the main roads so it is quiet. We felt it provided a lot for the money.

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  • Stayed February 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jer-jeanne
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Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
214 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

The property is a little dated but the rooms are about twice the size of normal rooms and there is space to spread out your junk. It is in a quiet part of Te Anua, but not too far from the main street. Worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank PW03
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Tel Aviv
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed there for 1 night. Very comfortable & clean. Great and helpful staff. The rooms are big and well equipt. We have already been in several places in New Zealand and this one was one of the best ones we have stayed in.
It is Highly recommended for couples and families as it has really big rooms :-)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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1 Thank YosiTelAviv
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Proserpine, Australia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank doistayorgo
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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
Level Contributor
105 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 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
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AirFresheners
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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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