I stayed here in Feb 2007 with two other members of my family and booked a two bedroom unit (#9). Upon checking in we were greeted by the very friendly host who instantly recommended a few places in town to see and places to eat.
Our unit was a good size and clean which is something I'm very fussy about. My only complaints would be that the fan in the bathroom was useless and the shower curtain over the spa bath could have done with being replaced. Other than that I found the Bella Vista to be in a good, quiet location (walkable to everything), had ample ameneties (including free in-room broadband if you have your own laptop) and was good value for money.
Other advice for Te Anau would be to visit the glow worm caves and the Bird Sanctuary at the south end of the town - probably the only chance you'll get to see a living Kakapo. For evening entertainment I would recommend Happy Hour at The Moose (I ordered a round of three drinks and got change from $10!). Also The Ranch restaurant is worth a visit as it has good sized portions for the money and is very tasty.
If you're going to visit Milford Sound I would suggest getting up early to beat all the bus loads of tourists driving up the Milford Road - it's a stunning road and shouldn't be missed (just make sure you take lots of bug repellant for those nasty sandflies!)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bella Vista Hotel
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