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Explorer Motel & Apartments

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 18 February 2017

There had unfortunately been poor weather the day before we arrived, and as such, some of our activities had to be cancelled or rescheduled. The staff at the motel, though we hadn't booked through the motel, voluntarily handled all of it, calling and rearranging times. Our room was large and spotless, and the location was within easy walking distance of...

Thank Twaize
Management response:

Thanks so much for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. The weather has certainly improved during the last week and I'm pleased that we were able to assist you with re-arranging your tours. Enjoy the remainder of your holiday in New Zealand and we hope to see you again! Kind regards Mary Climo

Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 February 2017

After an eventful & splendid trip to milford sound we decided to stay the night in te anau & we picked here how wrong were we, it was outdated Old & not very comfortable at all & management were rude & less than accommodating I wouldn't stay here again & neither should you!

Thank JamesSS01
Management response:

Hi Pete and Kerri, I am sorry that you found our motel uncomfortable, and we do realise that our units are not completely modern. However, we normally have great comments on the spaciousness and cleanliness of our units and the outdoor garden area. Having only been here a couple of months, we are beginning a refurbishment program. I apologise if...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We stayed here for three nights after doing an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound and in anticipation of visiting Milford Sound. The hotel is in a great location, very close to the center of town, near restaurants, stores, etc. The staff was very helpful, especially when trying to book online and having a little glitch. Mary quickly responded to emails...

Thank kathryn l
Management response:

Hi Kathryn Thanks so much for your review and I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We trust you are enjoying the rest of your time in our country and that you enjoyed all your Fiordland experiences! Kind regards Mary Climo

Reviewed 31 January 2017

Relaxing place to stay. The room we had was spacious and welcoming, and the kitchen was also well equipped. We found the reception staff to be very friendly and helpful. They arranged tours for us and this was done efficiently even though we had a few changes to make. The location in Te Anau is handy too - a few...

Thank airbus777
Management response:

Thanks so much for the great review of Explorer Motel & Apartments. I am glad that you found our staff to be helpful and friendly, but would be disappointed if we weren't! We are lucky to be located nice and handy to town which is a bonus to travellers who like to go out for dinner etc. We hope that...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

We booked here for two nights when doing Milford Sound. Lovely, big, comfortable room with nice modern bathroom. The electric blankets on the beds were very welcome on a damp cold few days and the caddy of milk on arrival facilitated a quick and welcome cup of tea. Only thing might be worth doing is including instructions for the frying...

Thank emohhhhhh
Management response:

Thanks for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us despite the horrific summer weather we have been getting! it really should not be necessary to use electric blankets at this time of the year! We will look at putting some instructions up for the hotplate and appreciate your feedback regarding that. Enjoy the rest of...

Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2017

We had two rooms and both were so clean and extremely comfortable. Really close to the town but in a great quiet spot. We had been emailed info re trips before leaving the UK by a wonderful lady Monique, she was so helpful and her advice was 1st class. We had an great three days.

Thank jacqui S
Management response:

Thanks so much Jacqui for the review and we are thrilled to hear that Monique has looked after you well. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and trust you enjoy the rest of your time in NZ! Best regards Mary Climo

Reviewed 17 January 2017

The manager, Mary gave us a very warm Kiwi welcome for our 3 night stay! All the staff were very polite and greeted us with smiles in the morning. The location of the motel was perfect, near the lake and town centre, and also near the petrol station. The clean room was large enough and had a verandah. The utensils...

Thank Daccord
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

After several nights camping this room was just what we needed. Spacious and comfortable with friendly staff at the desk. A great pit stop before we continued our journey and at a good price. Would stay again!!

Thank allant827
Management response:

Thanks very much for giving us a good review and we are so pleased that you found our motel comfortable and affordable. We are also very pleased to hear that you found our front desk staff helpful and friendly. We do try and give a great Kiwi welcome to our guests. Wishing you more safe travels in NZ. Kind regards...

Maraekakaho, null, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Our family of 5 loved our 2 nights at Explorer Motel. Super friendly and helpful host. Our 2 bedroom unit was great, really clean and very big bedrooms, was nice having our own outdoor area too. Awesome pressure in the shower and there was also a spa bath in our large bathroom with plenty of towels. An easy 5 minute...

Thank Michelle A
Management response:

Hi Michelle Thanks so much for your review and we are so glad to hear that you loved your stay with us here. The size of our rooms does bring many good comments and we are glad you enh=joyed the location as well. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the South and especially around Dunedin. Many thanks...

Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The motel is 5 min walk away from the city center and the lake, which is very nice. The rooms are comfortable, however there were some trash behind our bedroom door probably left from previous room users that weren't cleaned up. But for the most part it is a nice motel.

Thank Mei-Cheng F
Management response:

Thanks for your feedback Mei Cheng and I am glad you liked the location of our motel. It is very handy to the lake and the town centre which is a bonus for our guests. We are really sorry that the trash had not been emptied and that should not happen! Normally our rooms are rechecked after cleaning to alleviate...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Explorer Motel & Apartments offer warm spacious apartments with spectacular mountain & park views,free wifi and friendly service. All apartments are self contained with the choice of studios or one and two bedroom apartments. We can accommodate singles, couples, families, corporate travellers or small groups. We have a movie/games room & communal kitchen with an extensive range of equipment (i.e. rice cookers, woks & hotplates), as well as a laundry with washers and dryers for guests use. Explorer Motel & Apartments is set in a park like gardens with guest BBQ area, it is a great place for relaxing in the evenings, after a long day visiting Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound or Fiordland National Park. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Explorer Motel & Apartments

Address: Corner of Mokoroa and Cleddau Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Price Range: $95 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Explorer Motel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Explorer Hotel Te Anau
Comfort Inn Te Anau
Explorer Motel & Apartments Te Anau, New Zealand
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#12 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
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“Ask for a ground level unit if possible.”
OutdoorsmanEdmonton, 7 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Book your day trips with the help of the team at Explorer”
849jacquis, 21 Jan 2017 | Read review
“ground floor”
Daccord, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The upstairs room offer a private balcony”
201xaviern, 6 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Room 1 is excellent”
Jerraquaffers, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
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