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“The place to stay in Te Anau”
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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

Touring New Zealand, we had made a number of bookings with the Bella Vista chain and our visit to Te Anau certainly didn't disappoint. An extremely warm welcome by Janelle and Selby complemented by plenty of advice on what to see, where to eat etc.(and not forgetting the tasty muffins !) made our stay memorable. If in Te Anau - can certainly recommend as the place to stay. The studio apartments are comfortable, well equipped and immaculately clean and are located a few minutes walk from the lake and across a pleasant park area to the town and range of eateries.
Te Anau exceeded our expectations - a lovely town in a lovely area and the Bella Vista is a lovely place to stay - keep up the good work- you deserve to do well !

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Dear JWDavies,
Thank-you for kind remarks on our complex and our little piece of paradise here in Te Anau.
It is our pleasure to share with our guests the little bit we know about such a vast wilderness of Fiordland and to ensure you enjoy your stay.
We hope you return another day

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Reviewed 10 December 2012

We were on honeymmon with my recent husband in New Zealand and we really enjoyed our staying at the Bella Vista Motel in Te Anau.
Not only do they welcome you with very tasty muffins, but Selby and Janelle are sooo kind and funny ! We laughed a lot and really enjoyed their advice on what to see in the area !
We really recommand this Motel, you'll meet very nice people :-)

Room Tip: There are some rooms with Bubble bath which are very nice to try !!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2012

Dear Maud D
It was our pleasure to ensure the beginning of your married life is great time to look back on together and we were a small part of that.
We have many honeymoon couples stay with us and Selby and I enjoy meeting you all and get to share in your Te Anau experience, when we can, we often upgrade our special guests such as yourselves.
Regards
Janelle

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Reviewed 6 December 2012

Bella Vista motel at Te Anua is run by 2 dynamic & very friendly & helpful people, Janelle & Selby. We were greeted with 2 freshly made muffins along with our room key when we checked in. Janelle had plenty of suggestions about where to eat dinner & what to see & do in Te Anau. Selby booked our cruise to Doubtful Sound which was great. Te Anau is a lovely little town on a beautiful lake. Bella Vista is just a few minutes walk from the town centre, & is located on a quite street. The room we had was very clean & well equipped, beds super comfortable. This is a great place to stay, owned by a delightful couple.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2012

Dear Kay 1954
It is our pleasure to make sure your stay with us is the best it can possibly be. We enjoy talking to all our guests and are always happy to suggest things that we think you will enjoy. It is always pleasing to get positive feed back from our guests about our service and facilities. Thank you, we appreciate it.

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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Love my stay in te anau.

Bella vista @te anau is definitely worth a visit if you are in te anau. Janelle is absolutely charming and helpful, providing honest opinion of the two sounds - milford and doubtful, and helped us book our tour even though it was late in the evening when we reached. She also went the extra mile of giving us a home baked muffin each, free wifi, and FREE UPGRADE OF ROOM. :) boy, I felt rejunvenated after soaking in the tub (which comes with spa function). Given choice between the regular room and upgraded room, I will definitely recommend the upgraded one - sure can't say no to a spa to end a day of driving and walking.

Thanks janelle for making our stay in te anau a wonderful one.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2012

Dear Elai_travel,
Thank you for your lovely comments, It makes our efforts all worth while when we know our guests have enjoyed their stay and had a little taste of what Te Anau and Fiordland have to offer.
Kind regards
Janelle

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Reviewed 26 November 2012

This was our first stop on a tour around New Zealand and it started the holiday perfectly. As many have said before Janelle and Selby were great hosts, the little extras such as the muffins were a welcome treat and both were really knowlegable of the area and able to provide information and recommendations for everything. The room itself was a good size and clean and the motel was a short walk into the town centre.

We only stayed for 1 night before we headed to Queenstown but I wish we had been able to stay for more. Te Anau itself is a lovely little town with many restaurants and a beautiful lake and of course it is close to Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

Definitely would recommend Te Anau Bella Vista!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2012

Dear Ranes83
Thank-you for your review. Te Anau is a great place to base your holidays and explore Milford and Doubtful Sounds from here. We, as your hosts are always available to answer any of your questions as best we can and to give a few tips on places to see and things to do. Hopefully, if you come and visit again you will stay a little longer.
Our kind regards and best wishes.

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Reviewed 18 November 2012

We were travelling around the South Island NZ so when we arrived in Fiordland we stayed for 3 nights at Bella Vista Te Anau. What a great decision because you are not travelling the extra distance from Queenstown when exploring Milford or Doughtful Sound.Janelle & Selby,our hosts at Bella Vista made our stay one of the most enjoyable of our holiday. The muffins on arrival were a lovely surprise and the friendly help with information on the area was very useful.Each day we were greated with a warm smile ,any extra advice on where to eat (great meals at The Ranch) or any more information on the history of the area....just great!!!!The room was comfortable and extremely clean. We found Bella Vista Motels to be well priced when travelling throughout NZ so we would happily stay again. We can doubley recommend Bella Vista Te Anau because of the exceptional service of Janelle & Selby. Thanks again Janette & Graham Australia

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2012

Dear reviewer,
Janelle and I are pleased you found us and enjoyed your stay in Te Anau. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, which is a great place to stay and explore our area from here. Many of our guests wished they had arranged their stay for longer, as they hadn't realised there is so much to do and see from Te Anau, hopefully you will return another time.

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Reviewed 18 November 2012

Stayed for 2 nights around a day trip to Milford Sound, so that we could spend the day exploring the area comfortably without having to drive all the way to Queenstown. Te Anau was an easy 2 hour drive from Queenstown. Milford was also about 2 hours away, but we made many stops along the way to enjoy the many beautiful sites along the way. Highly recommend staying in Te Anau rather than Queenstown for trips to the Sound. Small town, but with plenty of options for food and provisioning up for your day trips.

Selby and Janelle were very charming. They gave great recommendations about the restaurants in Te Anau (Grabbed a hearty sunday roast meal at The Ranch, and had a great dinner at The Fat Duck as well). We spent about an hour chatting with them at the end of our day.

The muffins were no lie - delicious chocolate banana muffins that we gobbled up happily.

Can't recommend this place highly enough. Besides the top notch service, the rooms were comfortable and spotless.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2012

Dear mchueh,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and your thoughts of the surrounding area.
We hear your comments so often from our guests about staying in Te Anau rather than staying in Queenstown. We are the 'True Gateway' to Fiordland and all it has to offer, in fact the 'Front Doorstep' to Fiordland. The main reason for staying in Te Anau as opposed to Queenstown is we are 2 hours closer for a start off, we have excellent accomodation and lots of top rated restaurants. The 'Locals' are passionate about Te Anau and Fiordland and love to share that passion with our local and overseas guests.
Janelle and I are happy you enjoyed your stay and experienced a little of what our area has to offer.

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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel

Address: 9 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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 ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Te Anau
#3 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#6 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#11 Family Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: £71 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at a quiet location, adjacent to a park and the closest motel to the town centre, just minutes stroll from the lakefront. Bella Vista Te Anau Motel accommodation offers 18 superior quality units with kitchenettes and shower ensuites (3 with shower over spa bath).Te Anau is a beautiful picturesque township nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau, which is the largest lake in the South Island, and the second largest lake in New Zealand. It is a great place to base yourself when exploring Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. ... more   less 
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