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“A great stay in Te Anau” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
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75 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A great stay in Te Anau”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

We arrived early and were unable to check in (fair enough) so when we went back at 2pm and our room was still not available, we were upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite!Thanks to the helpful staff. There was an amazing, huge and luxurious bathroom with one of the largest baths I have seen. The accommodation was extremely spacious and ideal for our 8 month old. The views were lovely over the manicured gardens and on to the lake.
The kitchenette was small but had the main things we needed (fridge, toaster, kettle, sink).
Te Anau is a good place to break up the Milford Sound trip as trying to do it all in 1 day from Queenstown when you are driving would be extremely tiring.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EJK80
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear EJK80
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the luxurious suite and views overlooking Lake Te Anau. I agree it is better to stop off in Te Anau as the drive alone from Queenstown is tiring enough even before excursions or boat trips.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
Regards
Brent Stander
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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94 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Ideally located in Te Anau next to the Lake and a moments walk from the main road. There was free parking which was ideal for us. You can also can get free wi-fi in the lobby.

The room was very large with two double beds (not needed but nice to have!) The hotel was ever so slightly dated but it didn't matter. The bed was comfy and we slept well. You get what you pay for - that is why I've marked it as average, don't expect luxury but its a good, clean, adequate hotel.

The staff were also very nice.

We would stay again.

Room Tip: We opted for lake view which was a nice bonus at very little extra cost
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank The2explorers28
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear The 2explorers
We do have a wonderful location and are blessed with beautiful views overlooking Lake Te Anau. All our guests really appreciate the free wi fi and I am happy to hear this appealed to you. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Lafayette, NJ
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31 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Clean room, very comfortable bed, great lounge and restaurant. Free WiFi but limited in time. There was no on-site gym, which wasn't good. The private jacuzzi had to be booked in advance. When you get there, the jacuzzi part is nice, and the bubbles just okay (on and off only, no variation), but you view onto plants that are behind prison bars and backdropped by white painted concrete block. Felt as if we'd been exiled to Elba. This whole area needs a major upgrade. It would benefit this hotel to have a publicly available 16-person jacuzzi outside under the stars, perhaps with candles flanking it - it'd be a rare treat for guests, and a 5-star amenity. This was the ONLY restaurant in two weeks of touring New Zealand that not only knew what decaffeinated tea was, but had it available! View from our room onto the lake was outstanding, and the place was peaceful. Staff was friendly and outstanding. We would definitely stay in this hotel again!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David M
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear David M
I am delighted to hear the staff were friendly and anticipated your needs and I appreciate your comments about the Jacuzzi and spa areas. You have some great ideas there, thanks.

Regards
Brent Stander
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

Booked two nights via recommendation from Information Centre. Was told hotel was one of the newer ones in town. We arrived and straight away realised that it was definitely not new at all and very tired looking. Service desk was friendly. Cleaning of room was poor. Meal had in lobby was nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kaylene R
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear Kaylene R
Thanks for your comments, we have had a refurbishment in all hotel rooms and public areas and are in process of updating our villa bathrooms. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in NZ and I am happy to hear the staff were friendly and meal in restaurant was good.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

The hotel just infront of the te anau lake, the best hotel in ta anau, has laundry machines, near food center, just 5 minutes by walk. Free wifi in the lobby, restaurant in hotel is average. Has ballroom for marriage. Free parking .

Room Tip: Choose the lake view room, view is so beautiful.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeffri_bong
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Dear Jeffri Bong
Thanks for your review, we really enjoyed having you stay with us and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and the South island.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

Prime location, about 1 min walk from the office of one of the main tourist operators - easy to catch your early bus to Milford Sound!
Rooms are comfortable, very clean and in excellent condition. Helpful staff. Wifi (free) is only available in the bar/lobby area - weird lock-up procedures @10.30pm, so don't read your mail after that unless you are planning to hop along the main corridor (rather chilli at this time of the year!).

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 100NowWhereTo
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Dear 100NowWhereTo
Thanks for your kind words about the hotel facilities and staff. We do find free wifi is appealing and appreciated by our guests and are happy to offer this complimentary.
Winters can be cold in Te Anau but on a positive note you do get to see more waterfalls and white snow capped peaks which does add to the beautiful atmosphere of the town. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay very much. It was like being on a honeymoon and the setting by the lake is brilliant.

Personally after staying at both Rydges and Mecure in Queenstown, Distinction surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed the hotel much more than those mentioned in Queenstown.

With that said, however, I would recommend this more for a brief stopover. There is not much in Te Anau itself which could benefit more by having the bus trips stop in the centre of the town rather on the lake itself.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AustaliasMentalist
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Dear AustraliasMentalist
I am delighted to hear you felt as if you were on honeymoon and enjoyed your stay in Te Anau. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Additional Information about Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Property: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Address: 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#6 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#13 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Te Anau Lake Front, a short stroll from the Te Anau Town Centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. Surrounded by extensive, colourful gardens and overlooking spectacular Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, this Hotel and Villa accommodation sets the tone for your stay in one of the world’s most breathtaking regions. Designed for your comfort, we offer 115 luxurious rooms, including Hotel rooms with Garden and breathtaking Lake Views, and a range of spacious One and Two Bedroom Garden View Villas. On-site is the renowned MacKinnon Room Restaurant offering the very best of South Island cuisine, and the Explorer Bar and Lakefront Terrace where you can relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Lake Te Anau. The hotel offers the largest hotel based conference centre in the area, and its very own lakefront wedding chapel, plus extensive recreational facilities, including a spa, sauna, heated outdoor swimming pool and massage services. ... more   less 
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