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Red Tussock Motel
Ranked #14 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Woodstock, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice bright room”
Reviewed March 17, 2011

We had the end Unit #1 and although it was close to the road it was very quiet and did not affect our sleep. It has a lovely alcove in the kitchen with large windows. We found the staff to be friendly and even let us use their washer and dryer as the guest ones were all in use. They had also prebooked our trips to Doubtful and Milford Sounds. The only negative was, we stayed for three nights and it didn't appear that any vaccuming was done.
A nice walk along the lake takes you to town where there is a large selection of good restaurants.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

Arrived and found the reception unattended with no staff in sight. The alert bell did not work and the telephones were not on divert. Left waiting for about half an hour. During this time other guests were also wanting a receptionist. There was a tiny notice on the front door stating we had to go looking for the owner who also owned a neighbouring motel. The receptionist, a rather bitter middle aged women, almost seemed annoyed when she finally showed up. Rooms were average for the price and quite old. Also be warned this motel is not actually lakeside as it promotes itself so don't go expecting any wonderful lake views from the motel.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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St. Louis
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79 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2011

Very helpful and accommodating staff, good room with adequate space (didn't care for lugging suitcases up flight of stairs).

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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73 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2011

We stayed at Red Tussock as our base for the Milford Track and going on a Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. We loved Te Anau, it is so relaxing and has a lovely, laid-back feel to it. It was so nice to walk 5 minutes into the twon centre by the lake, which is very pretty.

If you are planning on hiking the Milford, Kepler or Routeburn Tracks, this is a good place to base yourself. Red Tussock is located directly opposite the DOC building where the buses leave to take you to the boat to the start of the Milford Track, so all you need to do is walk across the road. They also allow you to leave luggage with them if you don't want to take extra belongings with you on the track. This was great for us as we left any clothes or toiletries we wouldn't use until our return. We stayed with them on our return before we went to Dountful Sound, and our luggage was waiting for us in our room which we really appreciated.

I agree with other posts that they are in need of a bit of a makeover (more modern curtains and bedspreads would be a good start) but at the end of the day, the room was spacious enough for the two of us, and had everything we needed. It was also very clean. We didn't come here for the decor`, we came for some adventure. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Darwin
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5 reviews
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Reviewed February 5, 2011

We stayed here, a group of 6 (extended family) during January 2011. We had a 2 bedroom apartment plus sofa bed. Very comfortable beds and every possible gadget needed for self-catering. Superb and powerful shower and lovely verandah to ourselves. I am writing this review because very rarely do you get such excellent service. We arrived and were worried about seeing all the sights as we hadn't pre-booked. The manager Rennie after settling us in booked all our tours and even found an extra discount we were unaware of. He did this within a half hour of our arrival. Then I did my much needed washing and again nothing was too much trouble. He really made us feel so welcome. Thank you to Rennie and his family.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2011

We spent 2 nights here as a base for seeing Milford Sound.
We were disappointed.
The place in general had an un-cared for feel. Our unit was not perfectly clean (dusty in places) and was badly in need of redecoration and modernisation (peeling paper in bathroom, lights with no light shades ...). The cleaning up after previous occupants had not been done well (all the crockery was still in the dishwasher and some of it was still dirty).
Not good value for money.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2010

Spent 2 nights here as we drove down from Queenstown and drove to Milford Sound the next day for a day trip. Greeted by friendly guy (forgotten his name) who has recently bought over this motel. Initially brought us to one of the units upstairs but heater was not working and since we requested for a unit on ground floor, we were given a disabled friendly unit (as mentioned in the other TripAdvisor review). Room was a lil cold as the heater was situated between the room and lounge/kitchen area. Occupancy was low during winter season therefore we had more options for units. Overall, clean and comfy place. Managed to cook a meal or two. Everything was working well in the unit. Bathroom clean and spotless. Loved the fast flowing hot shower. Free broadband internet! and coin operated laundry. Service was excellent, the guy was very helpful and even allowed us to use one of the dryer for free. Enjoyed my stay there. Highly recommended! A+

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Red Tussock Motel
Address: 10 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#7 Family Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Red Tussock Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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