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Motu-Au Close Cottages
Reviewed 6 February 2011

My husband and I stayed at No 18 Motu-Au Close cottage in November for 5 days and we absolutely loved our accommodations. Jessie and Ray escorted us from their B&B (Kepler mountain view) to the newly constructed cottage and gave us a full tour. The unit was beautifully decorated and immaculately clean. Jessie and Ray thought of everything when they furnished the house providing lush towels, electric blankets, and fleece throws stored in the closets. We totally appreciated the free supply of paper towels, sugar, flour, cooking oil, tin foil, cling film, and coffee/tea supplies. Normally a self-contained unit will only have toilet paper, so we would nornally purchase everything else to use a fraction of it then discard the rest. The unit also has a universal DVD player so we could play our US movies or watch some of the DVDs left in the cottage. Jessie works for the DOC and knew everything about the area. She was able to get us discounts to local attractions and also provided a binder full of information in the cottage. We loved cooking dinner at home after a day of sightseeing then would have our tea while admiring the amazing views from the living room.

We hated leaving our home away from home and spent great care cleaning up after ourselves to help maintain the outstanding condition of this cottage. We hope everyone who stays there respects and appreciates these units as much as we did so we can enjoy them again on our next visit!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Motu-Au Close | Manapouri, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Manapouri
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Manapouri
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self contained new 2 bedroomed No 16 Motu-au Close Cottage located in a quiet cul-de-sac at Lake Manapouri Village, an easy 2 mintues walk to the Doubtful Sound departure point, Lake Manapouri or Waiau River - ideal for 2 couples or small families. Self contained new 3 bedroomed No 18 Motu-au Close Cottage located in a quiet cul-de-sac at Lake Manapouri Village, an easy 2 mintues walk to the Doubtful Sound departure point, Lake Manapouri or Waiau River - ideal for families or groups. Both Motu-Au Close cottages are located a small quiet cul-de-sac in the Lake Manapouri Village. Both cottages have indoor/outdoor flow with ranch sliders opening onto wooden decks and are fully insulated and all glass windows and doors are double glazed so ensure the cottages keep warm and cosy during Fiordland winters. The cottages were purpose built to enable guests to take advantage of a few minutes walk to Doubtful Sound departure point, Lake Manapouri and Manapouri township's amenitites. Each cottage has an outdoor living area with gas BBQ's and outdoor furniture Both cottages have garaging for storage of your vehicle and each cottage is set up with the following complimentary supplies: Tea including a range of herbal teas, instant and plunger coffee, sugar Salt and pepper including sea salt and pepper corns Flour Cooking oil Glad wrap, tin foil, baking paper Toiletries Laundry powder The Hunter Mountains, located in Fiordland National Park make tremendous viewing from both cottages and both cottages enjoy quietness (apart from native bird song). We have port-a-cots along with bedding for infants, high chairs and baby bath - all provided at no charge to make travelling with wee ones that little bit simpler for you. Motu-Au Close is a quiet residential cul-de-sac located at Lake Manapouri and is a 2 minute walk to the Doubtful Sound departure point, 2 minute walk to Lake Manapouri and the Waiau River and also to the local shops. Walk around the Lake shore on dusk and listen to the magnificent birdsong or sit on the beach and watch the sun go down over Lake Manapouri. ... more   less 

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