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“A couple of days in Te Anau”
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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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Newcastle, Australia
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22 reviews
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“A couple of days in Te Anau”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Te Anau is a lovely place to be based for a few days. The location of the Bella Vista Motel in relation to the various facilities in the town is handy whilst remaining very quiet.
We had a wonderful road trip to and from Milford Sound, with lots of snow conditions around the Homer Tunnel. The road was well gritted by the local maintenance crews so no real problems where in countered.
Fantastic views and photo opportunities abound so allow plenty of time for the drive down and back (at least 2.5 hours each way just to be able to stop every so often to take in the views) to Milford.
Don't try and do it as a day trip from Queenstown as you will not do the trip justice and will miss out on spending time in Te Anau itself.
The level of friendly service provided by the locals was just spot on! Not over the top, just good old fashioned service with a genuine smile.
This was very much on display at the Bella Vista Motel Te Anau. The attention to detail and advice given by the hosts, Janelle and Selby was just great. Not to forget the muffins on arrival!
Thanks for the wonderful memories.
Christine & Andrew McKinnon
Newcastle, Australia

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 27 July 2013
Dear Andrew M,
Thank-you for your detailed review of your recent stay in Te Anau, I'm sure many people as well as ourselves appreciate your comments and advice on Te Anau, our facilities and the surrounding district. It is, as always our privilege to share with others our special part of New Zealand in which we live.
It is great that you had the time to spend and chat with the locals as we are all proud of the area in which we live.
We do hope you return for another visit, perhaps in the summer next time.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Very honest insights of what New Zealand is, and meeting them and their smiles shaped the rest of our trip. We would continue to reference them and we will never forget this very special couple-that was genuinely excited to have us home. We loved Doubtful sounds, drove to Milford Sound and walked on that track (that felt like a dream) to find saw so many crayon drawn rainbows!! We also loved puzzle world (recommended by Janelle). The hotel is across this great park with beautiful trees..and it great waking up to that white carpet. Thanks guys!!!! Thought would be back in 10 years..but maybe we will be back soon. ;) Love-

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
Hi Lidol_Claudia,
We are honored to have been your hosts and been part of your holiday.
It pleases us both when we receive such positive feedback and to have shared with you part of this great place in which we live.
May your return visit be soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

I had a very pleasant stay at this motel. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The location was beautiful, right by the lake. And yes, you will be greeted with a smile and a lovely home made muffin! Overall, I highly recommend this motel.

I also recommend Bella Vista Motel in Fox Glacier and Queenstown.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
Dear SandyPicnic,
Janelle and I are so pleased you enjoyed your recent stay with us. We are honored by the fact that so many people have taken the time to review and recommend our complex in Te Anau. We feel honored to have meet and hosted so many great people from all around the world.
Happy travels
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Fantastic, warm and really very caring hosts. Good size rooms well furnished with all the necessary amenities. The husband and wife team are just the most welcoming couple we have ever ex[experienced in our travels in NZ and Oz. While the motel does not have a view over the lake it is very central to all the shops and cafe's etc.Good value for money and always eager to please, nothing is too much trouble even to the point of being presented with freshly baked muffins!. .We would certainly return.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
Dear barry m
Thank-you so much for your kind words and recommendation about your recent stay with us at the Bella Vista.
It's feed back like yours that makes us feel proud to have been your hosts and been part of your recent holiday. I'm sure you will have many fond memories of Te Anau and what we have to offer.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

As mentioned by others on this site, we were greeted with fresh homemade banana choc-chip muffins, which is a pretty excellent way to start off your stay. After hearing about our plans, Janelle made some enquiries on our behalf about our Doubtful Sound tour and upgraded it to the full package as we were unaware that the price had been cut due to the Milford Sound road closure. This ended up being a very good decision so we really appreciated the advice!

She then gave us tips for the best places to eat in town as well as general info about the place, which was very helpful.

The room itself was clean, warm and well facilitated and perfect for our needs. There was 100mb free internet per night which was useful. The location is good, everything in walking distance and close to the lake. All in all a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 24 June 2013
Dear Lici_H
As hosts we feel we can play an important roll in creating the very best experience one can possibly have while staying with us at the Bella Vista. If asked we will offer tips and local knowledge to ensure our guests always get the best value for money and their stay in Te Anau becomes the highlight of their visit to New Zealand. As you mentioned, we are very close to town and the lake front, so everything is available within a short walk from our motel.
We look forward to hosting you another time.
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We loved our experience here. Checked in and received a plate of fresh muffins from our wonderful hostess. We got great recommendations on places to eat and visit around town. From Te Anau we did one of the Great Walks, and the managers of this motel were kind enough to agree to store some of our stuff that we didn't want to get wet on the trail. All in all, a great experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 24 June 2013
Dear WM,
Thankyou for your review about your recent stay with us. We are pleased that we had such good weather for your recent hike over the Kepler track. We are happy to supply safe storage for our guests belongings whilst they are away on many of the adventures that Te Anau and the surrounding area has to offer.
We are always available to assist with local tips and recommendations while visiting with us.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

The Bella Vista in Te Anau is a great place to stay and base yourself when visiting Fiordland. It is perfect for access to all of the major tourist attractions and close to all amenities at the end of the day. The Janelle and Selby made us feel like we were old friends from the moment we arrived. Would highly recommend to anyone planning to visit. And if there was a vote, we would all recommend Doubtful Sound, fantastic, unspoiled wilderness.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 15 June 2013
Dear Polarsky,
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and as always, it is our great pleasure to meet such great people.
While the Milford road has been temporally closed it has given the opportunity for many to see our other great wonder called Doubtful Sound, a much bigger and more remote area than Milford Sound and some may suggest as you have, better than Milford Sound. As you will agree both are fantastic.
Here at the Bella Vista we are in an ideal location to base yourself while exploring Te Anau and the greater Fiordland area and we are happy to help in any way we can.
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Property: 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
#5 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#11 Family Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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