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“Comfortable and quiet.”
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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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“Comfortable and quiet.”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We stayed here for two nights while visiting Doubtful Sound and were not disappointed. Janelle and Selby made us welcome and were very helpful in recommendations for various restaurants and attractions.
The motel is situated close to all amenities that Te Anau offers in the town whilst remaining quiet for your stay.
Must mention the banana and choc muffin on arrival, it was welcomed after skiing all day the the drive down to Te Anau. As was the room preheated, as we didn't arrive until late.
Many thanks again for our stay and I can certainly recommend Bella Vista to anyone trvelling to Te Anau.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Hi yibbayibbada,
It was great to meet you and have the opportunity to share with you some of the great parts around Te Anau. Doubtful Sound is one of our many favourites and it is always good to hear other peoples comments about our beautiful fiords. We hope you will return another time and enjoy some of the other things to do and see while staying in Te Anau.
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Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

Well I never write reviews however I have on this occasion. The managers of BELLA VISTA At Te Anau (Janelle and Selby Askin) were so friendly and helpful ... Janelke booked my Glow Worm Cave Tour and the tour with Go Milford to Milford sounds ... Clean rooms and a special touch when I found my heater had been turned on for my late return both evenings ... Check out Te Anau as there are nice places to eat and enough to keep you busy :)) will be back

  • Stayed August 2013
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Dear Cumnock2867,
Thank-you for making a special effort to review your recent stay with us. We are truly appreciative of all the reviews we receive from our guests. Janelle and I enjoy meeting new and old guests and part of that is making sure their stay with us is a happy one. During the winter and colder temperatures, we always make sure the heaters are on for our guests to return to a nice warm room, your acknowledgement of the little things like that makes it all worth while. Thank-you.
Best wishes and safe travels
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We have stayed at this Bella Vista once before with a group of friends and decided to go back this time just hubby and me. Wow, we were greeted and treated like old friends,( and of course we got one of the world famous muffins ) and they remembered us. We were so very touched. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant or relaxing stay. The rooms were of course top notch, so peaceful, beautifully decorated, and comfy. We only stayed for a couple of days, but so which it was way longer. We will definitely be back. Thank you so so much Selby & Janelle, just what we needed. You guys are awesome and of course the new addition, Knuckles :)

Room Tip: We have stayed in a couple of different rooms and they have both been awesome, and very quiet
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Dear Paula F
Well what a great surprise it was to see you both return. As always it is indeed our pleasure to host such appreciative guests.
Our new Burmese kitten 'Knuckles' is a great addition to the property and loves to greet our guests personally for his mandatory pat and cuddle.
We look forward to perhaps another visit?
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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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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 Best Value Hotel in Te Anau
#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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