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Red Tussock Motel
Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

The generous reviews led us to staying here as a launching point for Milford Sound. We were a bit disappointed by the aged room that we had, and it was one of the "better" rooms. This part of the country is so beautiful that a stopover in this town is necessary. I"d take a chance with another establishment next time.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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109 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

The owner was great and the unit was very clean and comfortable. There is a laundry facility on-site for a fee, but DON'T open the dryer mid-cycle since it won't restart. The owner recommended an afternoon hike to Shallow Bay and it was gorgeous and gave us a chance to stretch our legs after the long drive.
Our main reason for going to Te Anau was to see Milford Sound, but unfortunately the road was closed. There are trips to Doubtful and Milford from Te Anau by bus or sea plane also, but we decided not to splurge and instead voted to return at a later date since we loved NZ.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2013

modern, clean, tidy, warm. reasonable space and facilities. had a balcony looking onto the mountains, right near the lake and the department of conservation if you're catching a bus to any of the hiking tracks its an ideal location... about a ten minute walk to the main shops , carpark available.
had an upstairs room.
catches the afternoon sun nicely...

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Les Cabannes, France
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

This was our second choice of motel in Te Anau as the one we wanted, facing the lake, was full. We were not, however, disappointed as our second choice proved to be extremely good. Accommodation was spacious and well appointed, the kitchen facilities very good, Jane the manager was so helpful and informative, making us feel very much at home. Good base for Doubtful Sound, the walking tracks etc, Free Wifi

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Weaverville, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013

Found The Tussock while searching for accommodations for the night before heading out to do the Milford Track. It is right across the street from the Dept. of Conservation where you pick up tickets & catch the bus to do the Great Walk. What could be more convenient??

Jane, the manager, was friendly & super-efficient. Rooms were clean & spacious (good for gear sorting) with a kitchenette for a quick breakfast before walking over to catch our bus.

Located almost on Lake Te Anau, the walk along the shore to restaurants and grocery store was lovely.

We were so happy with our stay, we reserved a room for the night we returned from the trek. The bus driver dropped us right at the motel.

By the way, the Milford Track is one of the world's most highly rated trails & did not disappoint! Look it up!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Like most people, we used Te Anau as a base camp for the area. As such, this was in the middle of our trip and we were there for a while - so it was a pleasant surprise to have such a large and well appointed room to spread out in.

The shower was particularly great (although the bathroom was a little cosy). The wifi was the best we experienced on our trip (totally free, and a strong signal).

The location is fine - a short stroll into the main part of town along the lake (usually windy in the early evening).

Washing facilities were excellent ... oh and you are over the road from access to the Kepler Track and the DOC office.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Holden Beach, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night at the "Too sacks" and have no complaints about the place. It was clean, the room was in good condition and the staff we met was friendly and helpful. It does not have a lake view like other motels so you may be able to get that for the same price at another motel. We we a little worried about noise since our room way below another. But as I have said in another review kiwi's and other foreign visitor seem to be a respectful lot and we have had no problems with noisy neighbors so far. Also there is a very nice pie place in too adjacent to the fuel station on town centre road just in from the lake. Avoid the rancher bar. Expensive. Do the Moose at happy hour. Moose? They don't even have those in NZ! Lucky for them!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Red Tussock Motel
Address: 10 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Red Tussock Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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