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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Thank you Janelle and Selby for a great experience! They were the most enthusiastic and willing to help hosts! They made my husband and I feel most welcome to their town, and boy, what a beautiful town it is! Peaceful, quiet, mountains and lake. We also used Te Anau as a base for Milford Sound, which was wise, as the bus there is only two hrs, and there are plenty to see along the way, including glacier fed rivers and lovely mountainous sights. Highly recommend a visit there

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank yjrz
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Dear Reviewer,
Janelle and I are happy you enjoyed your stay with us in Te Anau. We are always available to share some advice to all our guests to ensure your time in Te Anau becomes the highlight of your visit to New Zealand.
The trip to Milford Sound is an amazing part of Fiordland and we encourage as many as possible to experience the breathtaking scenery and true spectacle that nature provides on the way there.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Words cannot describe how Selby and Janelle welcomed us to their beautiful part of the World (Te Anau). We felt as if we had known them for years, and their wealth of knowledge with regards the area and surrounds was limitless. We took their advice on local attractions and were not disappointed. Janelle's muffins were a very welcome sight after a day of exploring Milford Sound!! Thankyou for a wonderful stay and we are assured of where we will stay the next time we are lucky enough to visit the Gateway to Firodland. Thankyou Sandy and Ian Australia

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2012

Dear Sandy P
Thankyou for you kind remarks, Janelle and I are so proud of the area in which we live in and are always glad to share our limited knowledge and experiences with like minded others. We are only your hosts for a short time so our priority is to ensure everyone has a comfortable and memorable stay with us but the beauty of Te Anau and Fiordland will endure for ever if we let it.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Janelle and Selby were fantastic hosts for our few days in the beautiful 'doorstep' to Fiordlands- Te Anau. On our arrival at the Bella Vista we were greeted with friendly, welcoming Selby! After a four hour drive in NZ's fabulous rainy weather, all we wanted was to be out of the car and out of the rain. Inside our room we found the warmth from the heaters already being on and to be given home made muffins as well! The room was clean, tidy and smelt like a new home! We were even more excited to discover how comfortable the beds were! It was fantastic to talk to locals - real New Zealanders who love and want to share their little piece of heaven. Janelle and Selby both enquired about our plans, which were out to Milford Sound in the morning. Janelle pointed out numerous things we should look for, then on our return asked what we'd actually experienced. It's always nice to be more than a number and Janelle and Selby made us not want to leave. Amazing hosts, Amazing location and an AWESOME experience. I guess it's indicative of us not wanting to leave, when we went to check out at 8.55 am and didn't actually leave until 10am.....
Thanks for everything and hopefully we'll be back soon to share some more fantastic winter hats!
PS Paws was also a fantastic touch... I miss him already... :)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Aveta E,
Thank you for taking time to review your experience, Janelle and I are proud to have been part of that for you. It is clear to see on everyones faces after returning from a trip to either Milford or Doubtful sound that they have had a truely amazing experience.
Te Anau is such a great place to rest up and enjoy what nature has provided.
From us and the staff at Bella Vista Te Anau, safe travels and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This has got to be the absolute best Motel experience we have ever had, and we have had many.
We arrived about 2pm to find the heaters on and some gorgeous home baking ( muffins ) greeting us, what a start. The rooms were awesome & we wanted for nothing, clean, fresh and so comfy. Janelle & Selby were amazing and a super lovely couple. Absolutely nothing was a bother. Their knowledge of the area is oustanding and they clearly love what they do. There were a few of us that arrived on motorbikes, only to find Selby also had a love for bikes. He offered to take us up on the bikes to Milford the next day,which we did, and it was out of this world,& scenery to die for.Thankyou for that.
We are now looking for an excuse to get back down there, awesome guys, thanks heaps.
P.S the cat "Paws " what a character, gorgeous !!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Dear Paula F
Thanks for your review, it was my pleasure to find an excuse to take a ride into Milford Sound-any time. it was great to meet such a great group of like minded people and have such good weather for your trip.
Janelle is certainly becoming famous for her muffins and Paws loves meeting new people too.
We both find great satisfaction when people arrive as guests and leave as friends.
Come back soon!!

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Friendly and welcoming hosts, warm units and spotlessly clean, what more could you ask for?
Janelle and Selby would have to be about the best moteliers we have come across. We were welcomed with home cooked muffins and the heating was on in the unit (they also turned the heating on late afternoon of our second night's stay too!). Recently refurbished our unit was spotless, the bed was comfortable and the extra shelf in the bathroom was an added bonus. Janelle and Selby have sourced the best possible supplies for the units - the soft toilet paper was an unexpected luxury.
The real 'Gateway to Fiordland', Te Anau is an ideal starting point to tours of Milford and Doubtful Sounds and the Bella Vista is within a few minutes walking distance of everywhere we needed to be. We will be back!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Fiona V
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear reviewer
Thank you for your review. Since our arrival here 4 months ago we have embarked on a continue upgrade programme of the property and facilities, some are minor, such as our choice of superior toilet paper and some are more comfort focused such as the new level of comfort in our beds.
Its great that our guests are appreciating that we are trying to provide a happy and memorable experience for them. Janelle and I look forward to your return.

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