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“Wonderful find” 5 of 5 stars
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Garden Park Motel
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Ranked #22 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Seattle
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

Along the charmless strip of hotels and motels bordering the lake, it's hard to pick out one, even by name, because they sound similar. But I'm glad I chose this one. For a good price, I got two large-sized rooms, well ventilated, with a fabulous bathroom (I loved the hand-held, stand-up, tiled shower, which drained through a sloped floor), a reasonable walk into town, a useful kitchen, and a solid, comfortable bed. My only complaint: The room got toasty in the sunlight, but if I'd left the windows open longer that night, that wouldn't have troubled me.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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2 Thank FoodandHike
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Minneapolis
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26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

A friend and I drove in and booked a room at this wonderful place. It was comfortable, quiet and like every other NZ motel, well appointed with kitchen items for dining in. The garden was beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank minnie_n
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Auckland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2009

We did not book in advance but secured a unit prior to driving to Milford Sound. After a long exciting day Garden Park was restful, quiet, nicely furnished, comfortable beds and a well designed bathroom. With only a short time to enjoy, proximity to the lake provided surroundings for an enjoyable lake edge walk. Staff were friendly and helpful, would most certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank ridgewalker9
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Oxford
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112 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2009

Stayed here for 3 nights at $130 for a double room. We were extremely pleased with the motel and really enjoyed our stay. It was the most comfortable place we stayed in while touring New Zealand.

Well decorated, well equipped and in a very good position right by the lakeside. The layout was well thought out and spacious. The bed was comfortable, the kitchen and bathroom a pleasure to use.

No hesitation in recommending this motel and would go back.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank spock999
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London, United Kingdom
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355 reviews
258 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2009

I booked this in advance and had to guarantee payment otherwise I wouldn't have stayed. The bedroom was very small and the sheets were low grade quality - my wife itched all night. The room was very hot. There was a living room but it was awkward as there was an extra bed taking up much of the space. The TV had CNN, and even though I dislike the channel it had news unlike the NZ channels we kept getting! The hotel was walking distance to town. There was no internet access. It was just acceptable and we had a great trip to Milford Sound

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank NLR
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oxon,uk
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2009

as someone has said - this is a little gem, a great place to stop as you tour, or to spend a couple of nights exploring the area including Milford Sound.

this is a number of single storey units in a garden setting with parking right outside. The unit I was in for two nights was staggered, with a separate bedroom, bathroom and then kitchen in living area which also included a large sofa that looked like it could be used as another double bed. They have a small onsite laundry at the bottom of the property.

this fronts on to the lake road, a little way away from the centre of the small town and is quiet, but would be a 15 minute walk into town.

recommended

  • Liked — quiet & spacious
  • Disliked — bit further from town centre
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank the_crunch
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norwich,england
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2007

Although only there 2 nights we were made to feel welcome and comfortable. the 1 bed place we had was very clean and had the patio area and mountain views. the thing what made it exceptional was the staff shirlee was friendly helpful and knowledgeable about the area. they even booked our cruise on the milford sound, which if you can afford it book the longer cruise with real journeys (well worth the money) and listen to the advice of the roads as we gave ourselves 3 hours to get to milford and only just made it! (although it did snow en-route).
if visiting milford or doubtful sound defiantly consider this place.

  • Liked — The views and area
  • Disliked — the Milford road
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank princess247
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Property: Garden Park Motel
Address: 30 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Ranked #22 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Number of rooms: 32
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