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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #9 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Bella Vista motel at Te Anua is run by 2 dynamic & very friendly & helpful people, Janelle & Selby. We were greeted with 2 freshly made muffins along with our room key when we checked in. Janelle had plenty of suggestions about where to eat dinner & what to see & do in Te Anau. Selby booked our cruise to Doubtful Sound which was great. Te Anau is a lovely little town on a beautiful lake. Bella Vista is just a few minutes walk from the town centre, & is located on a quite street. The room we had was very clean & well equipped, beds super comfortable. This is a great place to stay, owned by a delightful couple.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2012

Dear Kay 1954
It is our pleasure to make sure your stay with us is the best it can possibly be. We enjoy talking to all our guests and are always happy to suggest things that we think you will enjoy. It is always pleasing to get positive feed back from our guests about our service and facilities. Thank you, we appreciate it.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Love my stay in te anau.

Bella vista @te anau is definitely worth a visit if you are in te anau. Janelle is absolutely charming and helpful, providing honest opinion of the two sounds - milford and doubtful, and helped us book our tour even though it was late in the evening when we reached. She also went the extra mile of giving us a home baked muffin each, free wifi, and FREE UPGRADE OF ROOM. :) boy, I felt rejunvenated after soaking in the tub (which comes with spa function). Given choice between the regular room and upgraded room, I will definitely recommend the upgraded one - sure can't say no to a spa to end a day of driving and walking.

Thanks janelle for making our stay in te anau a wonderful one.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2012

Dear Elai_travel,
Thank you for your lovely comments, It makes our efforts all worth while when we know our guests have enjoyed their stay and had a little taste of what Te Anau and Fiordland have to offer.
Kind regards
Janelle

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

This was our first stop on a tour around New Zealand and it started the holiday perfectly. As many have said before Janelle and Selby were great hosts, the little extras such as the muffins were a welcome treat and both were really knowlegable of the area and able to provide information and recommendations for everything. The room itself was a good size and clean and the motel was a short walk into the town centre.

We only stayed for 1 night before we headed to Queenstown but I wish we had been able to stay for more. Te Anau itself is a lovely little town with many restaurants and a beautiful lake and of course it is close to Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

Definitely would recommend Te Anau Bella Vista!

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

Dear Ranes83
Thank-you for your review. Te Anau is a great place to base your holidays and explore Milford and Doubtful Sounds from here. We, as your hosts are always available to answer any of your questions as best we can and to give a few tips on places to see and things to do. Hopefully, if you come and visit again you will stay a little longer.
Our kind regards and best wishes.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We were travelling around the South Island NZ so when we arrived in Fiordland we stayed for 3 nights at Bella Vista Te Anau. What a great decision because you are not travelling the extra distance from Queenstown when exploring Milford or Doughtful Sound.Janelle & Selby,our hosts at Bella Vista made our stay one of the most enjoyable of our holiday. The muffins on arrival were a lovely surprise and the friendly help with information on the area was very useful.Each day we were greated with a warm smile ,any extra advice on where to eat (great meals at The Ranch) or any more information on the history of the area....just great!!!!The room was comfortable and extremely clean. We found Bella Vista Motels to be well priced when travelling throughout NZ so we would happily stay again. We can doubley recommend Bella Vista Te Anau because of the exceptional service of Janelle & Selby. Thanks again Janette & Graham Australia

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2012

Dear reviewer,
Janelle and I are pleased you found us and enjoyed your stay in Te Anau. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, which is a great place to stay and explore our area from here. Many of our guests wished they had arranged their stay for longer, as they hadn't realised there is so much to do and see from Te Anau, hopefully you will return another time.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights around a day trip to Milford Sound, so that we could spend the day exploring the area comfortably without having to drive all the way to Queenstown. Te Anau was an easy 2 hour drive from Queenstown. Milford was also about 2 hours away, but we made many stops along the way to enjoy the many beautiful sites along the way. Highly recommend staying in Te Anau rather than Queenstown for trips to the Sound. Small town, but with plenty of options for food and provisioning up for your day trips.

Selby and Janelle were very charming. They gave great recommendations about the restaurants in Te Anau (Grabbed a hearty sunday roast meal at The Ranch, and had a great dinner at The Fat Duck as well). We spent about an hour chatting with them at the end of our day.

The muffins were no lie - delicious chocolate banana muffins that we gobbled up happily.

Can't recommend this place highly enough. Besides the top notch service, the rooms were comfortable and spotless.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

Dear mchueh,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and your thoughts of the surrounding area.
We hear your comments so often from our guests about staying in Te Anau rather than staying in Queenstown. We are the 'True Gateway' to Fiordland and all it has to offer, in fact the 'Front Doorstep' to Fiordland. The main reason for staying in Te Anau as opposed to Queenstown is we are 2 hours closer for a start off, we have excellent accomodation and lots of top rated restaurants. The 'Locals' are passionate about Te Anau and Fiordland and love to share that passion with our local and overseas guests.
Janelle and I are happy you enjoyed your stay and experienced a little of what our area has to offer.

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This place is an absolute gem and Selby and Janelle were brilliant hosts. They were so helpful with everything, visits, meals, travel advice and so on, and were such friendly and warm hosts. Good fun too with a lovely sense of humour. We were so pleased to have found such a great couple. If you are looking for a place to stay to explore the whole of that region, including Doubtful Sound (amazing and beautiful) then THIS IS. The place to stay. Top marks in every department.

Room Tip: All are very good and represent excellent value for money.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

Dear oztrip2012
Thankyou for your kind words, Janelle and I strive to make everyones stay with us the highlight of their trip. Living in Te Anau is such a great place and to be able to share parts of it with our guests is a true honour.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Selby and Janelle made us feel so welcome in Te Anau and provided not only great accommodation, but delicious muffins and lots of useful advice about the area....of which they are justifiably proud. They arranged for us to travel to Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries - Go Milford. We would have been happy to take our hire car but were unaware of the need to carry snow chains between May and the end of November, when travelling on the Milford Sound route from Te Anau. This is a legal requirement and checks do take place, including requesting drivers to demonstrate their ability to actually fit the snow chains! Although the coach trip was aound £100 for two a meal was included and we were able to relax and take in the views, as well as listening to an informative commentary.....so....great advice, Selby...thank you!
The Bella Vista Motels we stayed in were all of a comfortable standard. We would happily book this chain again and have no hesitation in recommending them.

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

Dear reviewer,
Thankyou for your review, the road to Milford Sound can sometimes be challanging to motorists who have not had experience in driving in mountainous winter conditions. The weather can change so quickly on the alpine pass that it is sometimes easier to sit back, relax, enjoy the view, listen to the drivers commentary and take the coach to Milford Sound.
The Bella Vista chain prides itself on its consistant excellent quality of accomodation thoughout it's 28 locations in New Zealand.
Janelle and I are proud to have been your host and shared in your recent holiday to Te Anau and Fiordland and we appreciate your kind remarks.

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Address: 9 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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 ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Te Anau
#3 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#7 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: $85 - $178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We welcome you to the Bella Vista Te Anau Motel. Te Anau is the hub of the Fiordland region and the perfect base for your adventures. From the moment you arrive, you'll enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the Te Anau town center for business, shops, entertainment and other activities. We are easy to find on Mokoroa Street, just two hours' drive from Queenstown and two hours drive north of Invercargill. Situated in a quiet location, adjacent to a park and the closest motel to the town center, we are just a few minutes stroll from the lakefront. We have ample safe parking so you can leave your car and explore on foot. Unlimited free WIFI is available with a spacious work desk in every room. Units vary from just tea and toast making facilities to those with cooking facilities. We offer continental breakfasts and evening meals charge back facilities. You can be assured of a warm welcome at reception where we will assist you in every way possible. ... more   less 
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