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“Great Base for Fiordland”

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Anchorage Motel Apartments
Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great Base for Fiordland”
Reviewed 12 March 2007

We arrived at Te Anau in driving rain...but the Anchorage Motel was a great base from which to go on our Milford Sound cruise and Glow Worm cave tour.

The room was clean, comfortable and had good amenities.

The owners were friendly and gave good information and hints/tips that assisted us when we had to make the 2 hr journey to and from Milford Sound.

Access to internet and email on site made it easier for us to keep in touch with family and friends.

Stayed March 2007
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Reviewed 19 January 2006

A small motel complex just one street up from the lake. Very well run with the owners on site. I guess each room might be a little different, but mine came with a kitchenette, jacuzzi and both a front and rear door. When I arrived I was given the choice of either whole milk or low fat to use with my tea or coffee. The premises offer up a guest laundry, several gas barbecues, as well as a trampoline for those with overactive hormones. From my perspective, Te Anau is a far better location for exploring Milford and Doubtful Sounds and the myriad of mountain trails in the area than is Queenstown. This is a small village that shuts down fairly early but has a decent range of eateries and gear shops. Local outfitters can set you up with all you need to explore the region, including trailhead return transport. Intercity and Newman's stop in the village center and usually pick up and drop at the motel with advance notice. I suggest you cut some days out of Queenstown and apply them to Te Anau.

  • Stayed December 2005
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2005

This motel is excellent - clean, well appointed and great value ($80/night). The kitchen is fully equipped, the suites are spacious and bathrooms modern and bright (suspect it has been renovated since the previous reviewer visited).
We stayed one night before heading off on a kayaking trip to Doubtful Sound (with Fiordland Sea Kayaks who are only a few doors away) and arranged to come back two days later - Nigel arranged for us to have the private bungalow complete with spa bath.
Put simply, its great value and convenient location make it an excellent base.

Stayed November 2005
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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2005

Stayed two nights. Booked a one bedroom unit with kitchen and they put us in the cottage they had attached to the motel. The motel looks old and a bit run down but it was quite clean. Good location for visiting Milford Sound. Can ask at the reception for cooking equipment eg fry pan, baking trays. If going for a few days I would rather stay at one of the newer motels in Te Anau though.

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smalltownlad, Owner/mamager at Anchorage Motel Apartments, responded to this review, 12 March 2009
Motel has been extensively refurbished since then and all units in the motel complex are modern and comfortable.
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Additional Information about Anchorage Motel Apartments

Property: Anchorage Motel Apartments
Address: 47 Quintin Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Formerly Anchorage Motel - Golden Chain)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#10 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Anchorage Motel Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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Also Known As:
Anchorage Motel - Golden Chain Hotel Te Anau
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Anchorage Hotel Te Anau

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