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“Super stay!”
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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Super stay!”
Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed at Bella Vista for total of there's nights before and after walking the Kepler Track. From the moment I arrived, it was clear why this establishment is so highly rated. A warm welcome, fresh muffin, advice on walking and plenty of helpful tips for my stay in Te Anau. The location is excellent for access to both shops and restaurants and for the start of the Kepler Track. Rooms are clean and well appointed. Plenty of hot water and there are laundry facilities on the premises.

The Bella Vista is highly recommended!

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Timothy H
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Dear Primros,
We appreciate the time you have taken to review your recent stay with us here in Te Anau. Your satisfaction with our services and facilities are our rewards as it was a pleasure to host you and share some of the beauty that surrounds us here. May you return another day.
Safe travels
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Bella vista is a motel chain of low budget motels. We stayed in three of them arranged by our tour organizer while touring South New Zealand. All three were identically designed with two floors, outdoor corridors, postage stamp sized rooms.
The rooms are well equipped, but with low quality furnishings. All hotels were located in wonderful locations within walking distance to attractions, shopping, and restaurants. All have on site mangers/owners.
The Te Anau property was managed by Janelle and Selby. There was no request to large to too small for them. They bent over backward to make our stay comfortable and memorable. It was an easy walk to town through a lovely park. They both were very helpful with suggestions on what to do and see. In spite of the very small living space, it was an enjoyable stay.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Hi dogcabo,
Thanks so much for your recent review and comments. We have several types and room sizes, with different facilities available to suit our guests requirements. We are always happy to discuss your requirements prior to booking.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and you found our location to your satisfaction. One of the great things about Te Anau is you can generally walk to all the facilities the town provides,
Safe travels
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Newalla, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

I stayed at Bella Vista during a recent trip to New Zealand. Selby & Janelle went out of their way to help us. When our tour to Milford Sound was cancelled due to snow/road closure, they helped us get the last 2 tickets on a Doubtful Sound tour, running to our room in the rain to be sure we got booked properly. They also helped us find restaurants and other activities. The hotel room was spotless and an excellent bargain for the price.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Dear jane199,
Janelle and I appreciate you taking the time on your holiday to review your stay with us. We live in a very special part of New Zealand and are very proud of our little piece of paradise which we are keen to share with those who appreciate the beauty that nature has provided. We were so pleased that we were able arrange a tour on Doubtful Sound for you, so that you would not have to leave the area and not have seen at least one of our famous fiords.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Safe travels and great experiences.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

We were in NZ at September 2012 but can't forget the great experience...
We met lots of nice people but Selby & Janelle were definitely the nicest of all...
They welcomed us with hot muffins, operated the air-condition before our arrival so the room will be warm when we arrive, and helped us in every question we had.
Even made us dinner when we arrived (in their house!) since all places were already closed...
Amazing people with amazing service. The room was very comfi and clean, prices very reasonable.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Hi amir_tat,
Wow!
Thanks for your review of our motel complex. It is a true pleasure to host such appreciative guest. All the team here are proud of our reputation and are continually striving to assist our guests whatever their requests.
We look forward to perhaps another visit
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Sunnyvale, CA
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The motel is very nice, clean, owners pleasant, location easy to find, but not on the lake. But, there was nothing out of the ordinary, compared to the other places we had stayed at. We got a package deal with Doubtful Sound & dinner & breakfast and when I did the math later on, the price was about the same (except for the $12/person continental breakfast which consisted of a slice of bread, juice, & cereal). It woud've been cheaper if we had gotten our own breakfast and bought the doubtful sound tickets on our own since you can always find discounts.
Just be warned, there are 2 stories and no lift.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank lanamom
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear Ianamom,
Thank-you for your review. We are sorry that we do not have a lift to our first floor, if requested we can usually accomodate a ground floor unit for those who have difficulty with one flight of stairs.
Safe travels
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Gold Coast
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

What a delight to meet Selby & Janelle! As if Te Anau & Fiordland couldn't get any better - wait until you meet these two! Nothing is too much trouble! Selby worked miracles to get my friend & I on a Doubtful Sound cruise (very booked up due to impassable Milford Rd conditions), and was a fantastic source of local information. Janelle's welcome muffins are a real treat too! Our room was spotlessly clean & very comfortable. The powerful shower is also a treat after a long drive. All attractions & restaurants etc were in very easy (and extremely pleasant, given the scenery!) walking distance.I cannot recommend this motel highly enough. Te Anau & Fiordland are an absolute 'must-see', but Janelle & Selby at Bella Vista Te Anau made our stay very memorable & one of the highlights of our trip. I'm only sorry we stayed just one night. It was fantastic value, and far surpassed any other accommodation we stayed in during our trip (including the much overrated peppers). I will be back asap! And I'll be sending all my family & friends. Thanks so much Selby & Janelle!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank GoldCoastAA
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 27 September 2013
Thank-you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. It was a true pleasure to host such appreciative guests. Your comments on your stay are most important to the team here at Bella Vista, as we continually strive to meet our guests expectations and ensure they leave with many fond memories. I was so glad to be able to secure a booking for you to see one of our famous fiords, which would have been such a dissappointment if you couldn't have experienced the true spectical of what nature has provided here in Fiordland.
We look forward to your return trip and also meeting some of your family and friends.
Safe travels.
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West Coast
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

After driving nine hours to go on a cruise on Doubtful Sound we wanted to make sure we were comfortable the night before so we chose the Bella Vista Motel after reading reviews. We were not disappointed at all. Janelle and Selby were very friendly and welcoming. They love Te Anau and Fiordland and gave us recommendations for dinner and breakfast. We were given two delicious muffins on arrival which were still excellent the next day when we ate them.
Our room was quiet, the bed comfortable, the big shower even had a grab rail to make it easy to get in and out. The motel is right next to a large park with song birds which has a path to the town centre.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank clarebs
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 7 September 2013
Dear clarebs,
It was great to meet you both and I am sure you enjoyed your cruise on Doubtful Sound. We certainly enjoy living in Te Anau and are very passionate about our region and love sharing it with others who appreciate it, as much as we do. Every morning we marvel at the bird song from the park in which we look out on and to have so many native birds about, is a real pleasure.
Thank-you for your review, our guests comments are very important to us and the team as we are continually reviewing and improving our service to meet our guests expectations.
Safe travels.
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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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