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Explorer Motel & Apartments
Ranked #11 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 December 2013

This is my sixth night on the South Island and this is the first place the Free Internet has worked with no hassle, intermittency, or unadvertised surcharge. So bonus points off the bat. Also, the grounds of this place has both chickens and a trampoline, so double bonus.

We got upgraded to a nicer room than what we booked, and the room was quite spacious, with a deck. The room was charming in its layout, clean, and well-kept. The bed was fully comfortable. Very quiet. The owner is super-likable and was helpful about things in the area, and seems to be making a go of it with this motel. Only nitpicky downside we experienced is that my wife was looking for a hair-dryer in the morning and there wasn't one. We would stay here again if we spend another night in Te Anau.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We stayed at Explorers Motel and Apartments from the 21st - 22nd November . Upon arrival, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the motel owner, MJ . She was extremely friendly and she also gave us very good advise on our trip . The rooms were cozy and spacious and had a brand new TV , a CD player and a kitchen . The motel was located in the vicinity of Te Anau Town Centre and a 2 hour drive away from Milford Sound . Now ,we have returned home and we are looking forward to our next stay in Explorer Motel and Apartments.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I was travelling around NZ with a disabled adult and an elderly mother, no mean feat in itself and after sampling various motels around the country I arrived at the Explorer Motel and met MJ. I must say she has been the most welcoming and helpful host we have had on our travels. I must admit I burst into tears as MJ was so kind to us. It was a peaceful stay of two nights and we had a ground floor room with 3 single beds in one room and a double bed in the lounge. The walk in shower with the railings was a great advantage in my situation. We took MJ's advice on where to eat in the town. Now I have returned home from the trip I have fond memories of my time in Te Anau and thanks MJ for being a part of them.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Hi Sue Thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to host you and be a smiling face at the end of a stressful day . :-) Was happy to amend the room to a ground floor room for you, and help you book your tours, advise on restaurants etc. Nothing beats local knowledge when booking trips etc - Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

MJ the host of Explorer Motel was very friendly and couldn't do enough for us from the time we arrived to the time we left. She is an hotelier with extensive experience and I am sure that things will only improve more and more as time goes by.
Our room was very spacious with a basic kitchenette, two very comfortable beds and a new TV. Although it did not have a view of the lake the motel's grounds were well cared for.
MJ made a point of coming out to speak to us before we left for our day trip to Doubtful Sound. A true hostess that knows how to treat her guests.
She had only taken the place over about a year ago but is busy making it into a very stylish place to stay.
Good value accommodation with a good location and very hospitable host.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Paul S
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MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you for your lovely review and kind words - it really made my day :-) It was a pleasure to host you both here at Explorer Motel - I am passionate about this area and my wee business - It is fabulous to get such nice feedback and to reconfirm that I am steering in the right direction.

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Reviewed 1 November 2013

From the moment we arrived the welcoming was lovely. MJ was a mine of information. Rooms were spotless and spacious. Great base for discovering and exploring Fiordland. Highly recommended. Excellent value.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Kevin J
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MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you for your lovely review - it was a pleasure to host you and your group here Kevin - It is great to see people come and enjoy our town and our National Park enjoy the Milford Track and the Kepler and sample our beautiful area for more than just a day. I hope you all enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

I would whole heartedly recommend the Explorer Motel and Apartments as a great place to stay. Even before we arrived MJ (Moffat) offered us great advice about trips and arranged them for us. The apartment was very spacious, nicely equipped and clean. Continental breakfast was good value for money and MJ was a fantastic host with nothing being too much trouble. Good value for money and if we are ever in Te Anau again we will certainly stay there

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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MJ M, Manager at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

Thank you for your lovely review - it was a pleasure to meet you both and to host you here in Fiordland - I hope the rest of your holiday went well for you.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

. The rooms were clean, comfortable, nice sized and a great value. The location was close to the many activities in Te Anau.
What makes this property "Excellent" instead of just "Very Good" is the friendly and helpful manager. We felt very welcome and she gave us several useful coupons for food and activities as well as suggestions for places to eat and visit.
If we ever return to Te Anau, we will stay at the Explorer.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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MJ M, Manager at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2013

Thank you for your lovely review, I am very passionate about Fiordland and Te Anau - and strive to make everyone's stay a happy and enjoyable one. I look forward to seeing you again next time you are here.

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Additional Information about Explorer Motel & Apartments

Address: Corner of Mokoroa and Cleddau Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn)
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#12 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: £65 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Explorer Motel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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Explorer Hotel Te Anau
Comfort Inn Te Anau

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