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Lakeside Motel & Apartments
Ranked #10 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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muenchen
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Awesome motel at a great price. Stay here if your going to Te Anau.
We were going to Doubtful sound the day after we arrived so we stayed in a motel down in Manapouri, not many options down there and we were spewing we booked down there!
We came back to Te anau for the next couple nights and found 'Lakeside Motel & Apartments'
Super friendly people who run it, nice big clean warm rooms and a view to boot.
We were stoked and wished we stayed the first night also!
Thanks guys, will def stay again!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

I would like to thank Rob and his lovely wife for their hospitality and the fabulous accommodation they gave us at short notice. This was an awesome spot. by the time we arrived we were very tired and they were very accommodating and our room was huge and just what we needed to unwind. We were up early to Milford Sound the next day and when we got home they were there to help us out with a jack for the bike so we could oil the chain but unfortunately it was for a motorcross bike and we couldn't get it underneath. Got the washing dry too. Close to town we could walk and also a neat table and chairs across the road at the lake, great for that evening beer just to sit and plan the next stop. thanks again guys.
Cheers Andrew Fleming and Bronee Stanfield from Whitianga.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

One of the most beautiful lakes and a room with one the most beautiful views. Actually most of the motels around town have lake facing rooms. Separated bedroom from living room. Very close to the town center, 5 minutes walk by the lake to get there. Some of the best food that i had in NZ was here. Perfect stopover for a day to travel to Milford Sound.
Room was extremely small. No real place to walk around. Smallish bed. I have had bigger rooms at the same price in other places in NZ.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Hard to beat the wonderful views across to Lake Te Anau from these rooms. Units are a generous size and furnished in good taste. Great Fiordland pictures on the walls. Good sized bathrooms; and comfortable beds. Complex just a short 5 minute walk to town. Staff had been very friendly and efficient during the booking process earlier in the year but we found them to be a bit curt during our stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Seattle WA
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

I have brought groups of 12 friends to Te Anau for two years now, as a base for trekking, and Lakeside is by far the best lodging I have seen there. The rooms are huge, quiet and well appointed; facilities modern, the location is stunning (with views over the lake from every room), very convenient to town services and the Visitors' Centre, and Jodi is one of the most helpful and efficient proprietors I've ever worked with - she truly bent over backwards to assist us on multiple occasions. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Dorset
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed two nights in Te Anau. The Lakeside Motel was conveniently placed on the Lakeside Drive, just a few minutes from the centre of the small town of Te Anau. The apartment was comfortable and clean and well equipped. There is no doubt that on our tour of New Zealand the view from the apartment was the best we came across. Our hosts were helpful and listed their choice of restaurants in Te Anau. Should we ever visit again we would certainly consider a further stay at the Lakeside Motel.

Should you be motoring to Te Anau do take care on the Route 94 the Castlerock to Mossburn road, for there be Senior Constable David Cherry who lies in wait for you with his radar gun. He greeted me with a gruff "get this car off the road". His target is tourists to New Zealand who exceed the speed limit and drive on the wrong side of the road. I was deemed to be exceeding the limit and fined NZ$120.00 for my sin. The road is flat and straight and it easy to exceed the 100 kph in a car without cruise control. Do bear this in mind otherwise you may be stopped by one of New Zealand's finest in the rather portly shape of Dave. In fact you may make Dave's day! Please be warned.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We stayed here 3 nights. Pros are nice position, clean and spacious room with a good shower. Cons are... Toilet takes 30 mins to refill, only a few TV channels with mainly infomercials most times, heater in room almost as noisy as a lawnmower (this was changed to a less noisy unit), and a 1950's style basin with either scalding hot or icy cold water. The internet cut out due to a small allowance and was quite slow (NZ wide problem with mainly 3rd world internet) and impossible to download a video etc. Manager was also quite rude when I asked for the noisy heater to be fixed. We paid about double equivalent room in US or Australia and would have expected better TV, internet and hand basin. 3 star max.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lakeside Motel & Apartments
Address: 36 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#11 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lakeside Motel & Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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