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Explorer Motel & Apartments

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#12 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was great. So close to town and the lake. We arrive late after a long drive and a flat tyre. We were welcomed by Mary who gave us tips for dining and exploring, a bottle of milk for tea/coffee/brekky, plus walked us to our room to show us in. The rooms older but perfectly comfortable and clean. The...

Thank navijac
Management response:

Thanks for your review for Explorer Motel and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our property is older but we are glad that you found it comfortable. We are commencing an upgrade programme having only been here a short time and hope to modernise things. However we do do our utmost to make our guests...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

My friends and I had just come from hiking the Milford Track. The motel's proximity to down town was very convenient. We stayed in one of the apartments and found it very comfortable and spacious. We opened the sliding glass door and made use of the grassy courtyard to catch a few rays. The staff was friendly and very helpful....

Thank 1966Worldtraveler
Management response:

Hi and thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us after your Milford Track hike and found it a good place to relax afterwards. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and thanks again! Kind regards Mary Climo

Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff were really friendly and helpful. Room was really clean. It was in need of updating but it was functional and clean which is what you expect for the price. Pillows werent great which didn't provide a good nights sleep

Thank Joules114
Management response:

Good morning and thank you for your review. We are in the process of organising some updgrades for the motel during the next winter season and we will definitely look at the pillows in your room. Thanks for the feedback and we are glad that you found the staff attentive. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Kind regards \Mary Climo

Detroit, Michigan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome. And when more of the updating is completed it will be even more so! The proprietor and family couldn't have been more hospitable. The rooms had everything we needed. Beds very comfortable. Great location! Highly recommended to those traveling in fjordland.

Thank BOL612
Management response:

Hi, We are so pleased to hear that you were satisfied with the service and facilities at the Explorer Motel and Apartments. We are definitely putting in the work to update our facilities, and hope one day you can return to fiordland, and see the improvements. We are so grateful for your feedback. I hope you enjoy the rest of...

Gore, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic stay at the explorer motel and apartments. They are centrally located with lovely grounds and large spacious rooms. Great southern hospitality as well. They also have the coolest milk bottles.I have ever seen at a motel - see photo.

Thank Hamish W
Management response:

Hi Hamish, Thank you for your review, we appreciate the feedback. We are glad that you were happy with our southern hospitality here at the Explorer, and that you were satisfied with the spaciousness of the rooms, and the grounds. We are also happy to hear that you were impressed with our milk bottles, we like to make the effort...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed overnight at the Explorer Motel & Apartments and can't say enough about cooperative and helpful the proprietor and staff were - they went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. The accommodations were first rate, clean, comfortable and quiet - no issues. Parking was great, we parked right beside our unit.

Thank OutdoorsmanEdmonton
Management response:

Thanks for your review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us here in Te Anau and that our staff looked after you well. Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards Mary Climo

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Very spacious room. Everything was clean. Bedding was comfortable. The receptionist lady was very friendly. We had to wait a little while to check in due to unforeseen circumstances, she was very apologetic and gave us complementary breakfast. Location was great. Minutes walk to Te Anua town centre. The place was nothing flash, but it had everything we needed and...

Thank BlueBerryBagel
Management response:

Hi Barry Thanks for taking the time to review us and for staying at our establishment. I apologise if you had a delay at check in but sometimes it can happen when several check ins happen at the same time! We tnak you for your patience and hope you enjoyed the complimentary breakfasts. We are lucky with our central location...

San Rafael, California
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Great room with plenty of space and amenities.The front desk helped with all our questions and helped us book a day trip on the boat to the Milford Track. Our room did not have a particularly memorable view, but it was a great value, and only a short walk to the lake.

Thank Paul_Gietzel
Management response:

Hi Paul Thanks for staying at our motel and taking the time to write us a review! I'm pleased that your stay was enjoyable and you enjoyed our central location. Most of our rooms have views overlooking our spacious grounds but maybe you were in one of the smaller rooms with less of this view. Hope you enjoyed your trip...

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We stayed at the explorer motel for three nights in March 2017. We were given a really warm and informative welcome by the lady who runs reception. The room/studio was spacious, very clean, and the furnishings were of a very good standard. There were little touches that impressed us such as providing fresh milk for tea/coffee, and complimentary laundry powder....

Thank Fiona G
Management response:

Hi Fiona Thanks so much for your great review and we are really glad that you enjoyed your time at our motel. Irs great to get your feedback and we appreciate you taking the time. I'm also glad that you found us to be good value for money and we wish you a safe jouney home after your 5 1/2...

Sacramento, California
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I had two stays here, separated by the Kepler Track. They were super helpful and offered to let me leave my car and luggage and put my bags in my new room for my return. The staff was all very nice, including letting me checkin really early when I returned and was stinky, wet and cold. The rooms are huge...

Thank aknoble
Management response:

Thanks for your great review of our property and we are glad that you enjoyed your stays with us before and after walking the Kepler Track. It is great to get your feedback and we are glad that you were comfortable here. Enjoy the rest of your stay in New Zealand. Many thanks again Mary Climo

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Explorer Motel & Apartments

Address: Corner of Mokoroa and Cleddau Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Price Range: €62 - €139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Explorer Motel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Explorer Hotel Te Anau
Comfort Inn Te Anau
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#12 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
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“Ask for a ground level unit if possible.”
OutdoorsmanEdmonton, 7 Apr 2017 | Read review
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“The upstairs room offer a private balcony”
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“Room 1 is excellent”
Jerraquaffers, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
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