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Explorer Motel & Apartments

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Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed 2 nights here as a base for Milford and the Glow worm caves. We had a great time and it is conveniently located. The rooms are spacious but oh so dated compared to the motels we have been to so far. This had an 80's feel with antique plumbing and lighting.The staff were lovely and helpful and we...

1Thank xavier N
Jerrabomberra, Australia
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Very pleasant surprise for our 2 night stay...our room (room 1) had been refurbished and was really big. Everything we needed including shiny new bathroom with a good shower, king size bed, heaters and electric blankets and a kitchen. There is a guest laundry and it's a short walk to town. The host (MJ) is super friendly (our heaters were...

Thank Jerraquaffers
Management response:

Thanks so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure having you come and stay. I will keep working on my parking skills! ;-)

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

A pre-heated room welcomed me at the Explorers Motel at Te ANAU. Felt so good as it was very cold and wet outside.Was so pleased with the spacious apartment and smart decor..! Everything I needed was provided in the room including Roasted Powdered Coffee with a plunger, milk in the fridge and most importantly electric blankets! They even kindly agreed...

2Thank kurula
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We chose to stay at Explorer Motel in Te Anau for 2 nights to break up the drive to Milford, so happy with this decision!! We were upgraded to a Queen studio upon arrival. It was warm and clean and we would stay there again!

1Thank carasanders2016
MJM166, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed your upgrade to a Superior Studio. It was a pleasure hosting you both, I hope you enjoyed the rest of New Zealand as much as you enjoyed Fiordland.

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The host was so extremely accommodating under the circumstances. We booked very last minute but she got us in and made sure our room was ready for check in early since we were already in town. She really went above and beyond which made our stay really comfortable. The rooms are nice and spacious! Wow, lots of space and a...

1Thank MRuhter
MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review

Thank you for your really lovely review. I'm glad you found us so accommodating - we do strive to go the extra mile for our guests and hopefully make their experience of us and our lovely town a memorable one for all the right reasons! I'm glad you enjoyed our lovely spacious rooms. We find our guest often comment on...

Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We chose staying in Te Anau after a long day in Milford Sounds. The town is peaceful and lovely. We did stay in 2 bedrooms apartment and it was great. There os a big living room and kitchen, a big bathroom, a private parking lot. Location is in the center of Te Anau, 5 mins drive to supermarket. 5 mins...

1Thank Alistitle
MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - Im glad you loved our pretty town and our 2 bedroom apartments - they are lovely and spacious and very popular with families and small groups travelling together as they sleep up to 7. Í hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday as much.

Brentwood, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews of this motel and getting a good first impression our opinion deteriorated rapidly. The whole place is crying out for investment. It feels as it if it has had a lick of paint to tidy it up in recent years but it really needs refurbishing. We felt like we were in a holiday camp chalet from...

Thank tjmutch
MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review

You booked an Economy Studio - our budget room - and expect 5 star? The motel was built in the late 80s not the 60's the room has been refurbished in the last couple of years - complete with a new bed. Had you let us know of your disappointment whilst you were here - instead of waiting until you...

Reviewed 17 April 2016

MJ (Mary Jane) was very welcoming and gave us good advice about what to do and where to go. We had a first floor room with a glimpse of the lake and a view of the mountains, with a spectacular sunset. A small kitchen meets your basic needs, and the room is a decent size with a table and chairs,...

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We took over many rooms in this motel for three nights and had a wonderful time. The rooms are large and well-equipped, with some rooms already upgraded to King beds. Easy to walk to shops and cafes from there. Highly recommended - thanks for looking after us MJ.

Thank WalkersWA
MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review

You are more than welcome - it was a pleasure to host you. I'm glad you had such a good time.

Reviewed 7 April 2016

The motel was very reasonably priced, and well met our needs during the stay. The place is about 250 m from city centre, right across the main park. Tui birds were singing their strangely enchanting songs. Room was cosy, not exactly modern, but quite fine anyway. The caretaker was maybe the nicest one I have ever met, felt to care...

Thank Pohjanpoika
MJ M, Owner at Explorer Motel & Apartments, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, yes we strive to go the extra mile for our guests. I am passionate about good service - and my staff and I enjoy making people feel at home. Good Southern Hospitality! I hope the rest of you holiday was as enjoyable.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Concierge
  • 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: RM427 - RM1,200 (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
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#12 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
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“The upstairs room offer a private balcony”
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“Room 1 is excellent”
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“we liked being on the end room”
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“We loved room #1 with the new bathroom but didn't see any other ones so others may be just as nice.”
 of 5 bubbles SharonA920, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Good rooms on first floor with balconies and views over e quiet gardens.”
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