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9.0
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Exceptional location
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  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves500 m
  • Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs860 m
  • Fiordland Water Taxi1.51 km
  • Manapouri Airport14.04 km
  • Fiordland National Park34.23 km
  • Doubtful Sound49.12 km
  • Lake Marian75.82 km
  • Milford Sound Fjord89.87 km
  • Queenstown Airport91.44 km
  • Invercargill Airport120.33 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Explorer Motel and Apartments

    6 Cleddau Street, City Center, Te Anau, New Zealand, 9600 - See map
    "Close to restaurants and shops, staff was helpful, able to leave bags in office."
    Melanie - December 5, 2017
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 94% of guests
    Exceptional service
    9.1 rating for service
    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Blackout curtains

    • Garden

    • Smoking area

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    Room comfort score
    8.8/10
    Room size
    53 sqm.
    Review score - United States
    9.3/10
    Service score
    9.1/10
    Better than
    94
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    of Te Anau properties
    Bigger than
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    Better than
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    Better than
    93
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    of Te Anau properties
    Value for money8.6
    Distance to city center0.65 KM
    Location rating9.0

    Rooms available at Explorer Motel and Apartments

    8.8
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    2 Bedroom Apartment
    2 Bedroom Apartment
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    • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 single bed and 1 king bed...
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    Queen Studio
    Queen Studio
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    1 Bedroom Apartment
    1 Bedroom Apartment
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    • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 3 single beds & 1 queen bed
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    Superior King
    Superior King
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 single bed and 1 king bed
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    1 bedroom Suite
    1 bedroom Suite
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 single bed and 1 queen be...
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    King / Single Studio Apartment
    King / Single Studio Apartment
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    • Kitchenette
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    Run of House
    Run of House
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    • Shower
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    Studio (Queen/Single)
    Studio (Queen/Single)
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    • Shower
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    Superior Studio
    Superior Studio
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    • Shower
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    Family Room - Queen / Single / Single
    Family Room - Queen / Single / Single
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    • Kitchenette
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    What people love about Explorer Motel and Apartments

    • 9.6
      Exceptional
      Spaciousness

      "Massive room with very large comfortable bed and good kitchenette."

      David

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      November 21, 2018

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "Friendly staff gave me a lot of travel tips around town!"

      Jing

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      October 30, 2018

    • 8.4
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "Friendly owner, very helpful and clean spacious room."

      Su O.

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      December 27, 2017

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Walking distance to the lake, eateries, supermarket and visi..."

    Wei C.

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    December 4, 2018

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    What they offer

    9.6
    Exceptional

    "Highly recommend lamb rack at Redcliff Restaurant - worth a ..."

    David

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    November 21, 2018

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    Reviews of Explorer Motel and Apartments from real guests

    Overall rating
    9.2
    Exceptional
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    Rating via Agoda8.8
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    Cleanliness9.0
    Facilities8.6
    Location9.0
    Room comfort and quality8.8
    Service9.1
    Value for money8.6
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    8-9 Excellent (10)
    7-8 Very Good (14)
    6-7 Good (0)
    <6 Below Expectation (3)
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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Shyam from Singapore
    Group
    1 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    Excellent accommodation in the heart of town”

    An excellent option for travelers using Te Anau as a base to visit Milford Sound. Our two bedroom apartment was incredibly spacious and well stocked with basic kitchen amenities (but not equipped with full kitchen amenities) but was adequate given how much we paid. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom has a rather interesting design that partitions the sink, shower, and toilet. My only (minor) critique is that the sink had separate faucets for hot and cold water, which was rather outdated. We would suggest updating it with a single faucet to moderate the temperature. Regardless, the owners were incredibly friendly and helpful, suggesting many activities in the area. Overall, a great option and would highly recommend it!

    Reviewed June 02, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    XIAOZHOU from Australia
    Family with young children
    2 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Generally a great stay!”

    It was very quiet and clean 2 spacious bedroom terrace with great location and decent living room & kitchen. We could fault it except it only has one toilet. It would be perfect if there is another toilet in the bathroom. Besides, the spa bubble tub was a highlight that my older son enjoyed it a lot! Lastly, the host was very nice and helpful!

    Reviewed May 11, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    julapong from Thailand
    Group
    1 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Nice little motel in a quiet place”

    This motel gives you convenient when travelling with your vehicle. Kitchen has no hoot to suck cooking smoke so microwave reheating maybe the suitable option. Beside making bed everyday they tidy the sink and floor too which was unexpected as other motel will just refill toiletry and towel. Mary assummably the motel owner was very nice and helpful she can arrange you dinner reservation and deals for day trip.

    Reviewed December 10, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Wong from Australia
    Family with teens
    1 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Great motel and very clean”

    We arrived from Queenstown and had a cruise booked at Milford Sound . As we were running late , Mary was so nice to ring the company so we can board a later cruise . The motel is really clean and comfortable and well equipped .

    Reviewed April 22, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Soon from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Excellent”

    Mary was very helpful on providing weather & road status update for our drive to Milford Sound. The wifi access in the room was very spotty & could not connect at times though. Very accessible to the town centre through the park.

    Reviewed November 11, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    belina from Indonesia
    Group
    Queen Studio
    Stayed 1 night in August 2017

    Nice staying”

    The location is very nice. Te anau is a small city btw. So it's close to city center. The owner manage it's own place, she was really nice offered us fresh milk as welcome drink. The room has warmer and also electric blanket that really help us since we traveling in winter Anyway it's a nice stay

    Reviewed August 28, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    aekarin from Australia
    Group
    2 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 1 night in October 2012

    Comfortable hotel with excellent service and smile”

    very warm welcome service and comfortable place, close to everything!

    We choose the two bedrooms apartment for three people and was given a spacious and comfortable ground floor apartment that is huge and feel like a house, not just apartment. The staff is keen to help us to downgrade the room if we want to, but we love the place and decide to keep it. The hotel has a lovely front garden and is in a walking distance to the beautiful lake nearby and is close to local shopping as well. The con is the bathroom, which is large but a bit old, however it is clean enough. The staff is very helpful and willing to help us to book the sightseeing flight for us to Milford Sound, unfortunately the weather is not permit. Overall we are very happy with our stay and will go back to this place again if we have another holiday!

    Reviewed November 02, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jennifer from Australia
    Couple
    Superior King
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

    Great place to stay in Te Anu”

    We were welcomed and shown to our large light filled room on the first floor over looking the beautiful lawn area at the front of the apartments. The view from our balcony was lovely with snow capped mountains in the background. We were less than a 5 minute walk through the park to the town centre. We would most definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed September 16, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Wei from Malaysia
    Couple
    Queen Studio
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Good location, clean and near to Lake Te Anau”

    Cozy room with cooking facilities. Walking distance to the lake, eateries, supermarket and visitor information center.

    Reviewed December 04, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Jing from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Superior King
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    Recommend ”

    Friendly staff gave me a lot of travel tips around town! Good location and clean motel room :)

    Reviewed October 30, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jakkaphan from Thailand
    Couple
    Superior King
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    Good Location, Convenient for Self-Drive Travellers, Good Rate, Nice Garden”

    Recommended

    Reviewed October 28, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    stefani from Australia
    Group
    1 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

    Great accommodation ”

    Friendly staff, clean place, value for money

    Reviewed October 13, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Gary from Canada
    Couple
    Superior King
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Great Place to Stay ”

    We stayed for one night on our trip through the South Island of New Zealand. The proprietor Mary was so very helpful in giving us tips on what to do, where to eat and when to leave for Milford Sound. The accommodations were clean and the room very large with a splendid view of the park. Close to everything in Te Anau.

    Reviewed May 12, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    John from Australia
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

    Excellent motel facilities”

    Every aspect of our stay was great, from very friendly and helpful staff, excellent room facilities, and a view out to a garden. It is not on the lake but it is only a short walk, and the town centre is the same.

    Reviewed March 26, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Patricia from United States
    Family with teens
    2 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    Spotless & spacious”

    We had 4 adults in unit 18 and could not get over the large space that we had to spread out! From the moment we checked in and the owner/manager (?) chatted with me about activity options, to when we had to leave after two great nights in Fiordland, we loved this motel. Would highly recommend to a family looking for quiet and space. Within walking distance of anything you need in town.

    Reviewed February 24, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Julie from United States
    Couple
    Superior King
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Awesome!”

    We enjoyed our 2 night stay at the Explorer - close to town and the lake. Excellent accommodations and amenities in the room - everything we needed. Clean and modernly updated. Mary - the front desk clerk - was so courteous and helpful! Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed November 29, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lisa from Australia
    Family with young children
    Queen Studio
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

    Great stay!! ”

    Friendly, accomodating and helpful staff. Lovely clean room with attention to detail and a great outdoor sitting area with place for our little one to play. Short walk to a lake and close to town. Can't recommend them enough.

    Reviewed June 23, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    John from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Queen Studio
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2016

    Exemplary service at Explorers in Te Anau”

    Location is perfect for using as a base for exploring area as well as for walking to local shops and restaurants. As MJ states it is an old business but she makes up for this in her welcome and support, our room had balcony,armchairs so a relaxing place to be too.

    Reviewed April 14, 2016
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Tamar from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Queen Studio
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

    A Te Anau delight!”

    Location, facilities, lovely Manageress and Bertie the dog!

    It was lovely to meet a Motel manageress so keen to make sure your stay was memorable. Small things, like lending us another pan, waiting with us for our tour guide and e-mailing him for us with our lunch order, all made for a really homey feel.

    Reviewed February 03, 2013
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Anne from Australia
    Family with teens
    1 Bedroom Apartment
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

    Great location and very spacious”

    Loved the spacious rooms

    The apartments are older but clean and well catered for. The new owners are in the process of slowly renovating them. We stayed on the top floor and had a nice view over the town, our two children loved the space and the trampoline out the front. The owner was very friendly and helpful. I would definately stay here again and recommend to others.

    Reviewed January 20, 2013
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