We stayed here as a group of 5 in two rooms both before and after walking the Kepler track ( which I highly recommend as a one of Fiordlands "great walks") This motel suited our needs really well with a decent sized kitchen area and large living room with double and a single bed and enough space to sort out all our gear. We also stayed one night at the Kingsgate just down the road on the same trip. Perhaps a comparison of the two would be helpful; the Kingsgate is part of a chain and what you get there is a very standardised and quite small room that is furnished to a high standard with a fairly high spec bathroom and basic tea making facilities. It was also slightly cheaper than the Explorer. By contrast the Explorer is a "one of a kind" hotel and not quite as new, but provides a much larger living space, with parking directly next to your room, a functional kitchen, and outdoor area for kids to run around. If you are travelling with friends or family, have a reasonable amount of luggage or need space to swing a cat, the Explorer is ideal. It is also well run, immaculately clean, and the manager can arrange all sorts of tours etc...for you. Alternatively if you are travelling light, have high expectations about the quality of the furnishings etc...and don't mind a small room then maybe the Kingsgate is the place for you !
- 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