Explorer Motel and Apartments

Fiordland New Zealand

Explorer Motel and Apartments

Fiordland New Zealand

Explorer Motel and Apartments

Fiordland New Zealand
View of ground floor patios and first floor balconies of your Te Anau accommodation

Te Anau Accommodation

Set among beautiful lawns and gardens, Explorer Motel & Apartments offer 16 spacious and warm units along with friendly service.

Explorer Motel & Apartments feature a beautiful garden setting and is centrally located to all that Te Anau has to offer. We are just a 5-minute walk to Te Anau town centre or to the shores of Lake Te Anau and just a 2-minute drive to the DOC Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Our heated guest rooms are equipped with electric blankets, TV and each has a kitchenette with a fridge, an electric kettle and microwave. The ground floor units open onto a garden, while rooms upstairs have a balcony with garden and mountain views. We offer our guests a barbecue area, free parking and free Wi-Fi access. Explorer Motel & Apartments is the perfect place to base yourself on your visit to Te Anau.

Guest Laundry

Our laundry is situated on the ground floor next to Room 3, just along from reception. The washers and dryers both take 2 x $2 coins ($4 per wash and $4 per dry). Change is available from reception and washing powder is provided complimentarily. There is also a washing line for your use and several clothes racks in the laundry if you require one to take to your room.

Books and Games

We have a bookshelf in Reception with a range of books, some of which have been left by previous guests. You are welcome to leave one with us and swap it for one on our shelf. We also have a limited amount of board games. There are some outdoor swingball sets and ball games for the kids to play with.

Activity bookings

We are agents for all the local tour companies in town. Please come and see us to assist with planning your tours during your stay. There are many local activities on offer and our experienced office staff will be able to assist you in making reservations with companies that will most suit your individual needs. We will give you our best local knowledge.

Offstreet parking

Car parking is free of charge and undesignated, other than the carports for Units 17 & 18. Should you wish to leave your car here whilst you are away on an overnight excursion or a hike, please contact reception and we will arrange for you.

Luggage storage

If you are going on an overnight trip or a hike and have excess luggage to store, we are happy to store any for you whilst you are away. We offer no extra charge for this facility for our guests. Please contact reception to make arrangements.

Barbeque area

Barbeques are available in the garden area for guests to use free of charge. If you require some barbecue tools, please ask at reception. We are happy to recommend Fiordland Meats Butchery (located at 203 Milford Road) for your fresh BBQ meat supplies and smallgoods.

We are Explorer Motel

We look forward to hosting you soon!
View of ground floor patios and first floor balconies

Why choose Us?Because we are centrally located.

Located just opposite Memorial Park, it is just a 5 minute stroll through the centre to the middle of our town centre and just five minutes walk to the lakefront. We offer very large and spacious garden areas, set back from the road with grassed space for kids to run around. There is a lovely BBQ area with two compact BBQ units.

View of Explorer Motel & Apartments from the garden seating area

Our Mission.Make our guests happy

Since our arrival at Explorer, we have enjoyed breathing some new life into the Explorer property, having updated all our carpets, drapes and some soft furnishings. All our beds have been replaced in the last 12 months, so we are confident you should get some good quality sleep!

Flowers in garden patio area

What we Do.Convenient tour booking service

We are agents for all the local tour companies in town. Please come and see us to assist with planning your tours during your stay. There are many local activities on offer and our experienced office staff will be able to assist you in making reservations with companies that will most suit your individual needs. We will give you our best local knowledge.

417m
Lake Te Anau depth
5min
Walk to the lake
5min
To Town
210m
Above sea level

Check out our Rooms

We offer a range of accommodation to suit your needs.
Moving car Moving wheel of car

Road to Milford Sound

Driving from Te Anau to Milford Sound will take you at least two hours, not including any stops. There are many opportunities to take scenic stops and to do short walks along the way, so you are best to allow more time for this. See us at reception to prebook your boat tour and to pick up an informative map of the scenic stops along the road. Before leaving Te Anau, ensure your vehicle has full tank of fuel as fuel supplies at Milford Sound are limited and shouldn't be relied upon. The Milford Road is occasionally closed due to road or weather conditions. Please click below for current road status.

Road Conditions

Our Reviews

Staff are really friendly and helpful. Room is really spacious. Good location and lovely and quiet She has given us some great advice about the area and the roads etc which has been really helpful I'd recommend this as good value

Tracey P Tripadvisor

Friendly staff and a convenient location made for a great place to stay overnight in Te Anau. The room was very clean and a great value. The place was very close to the town center with plenty to do and see.

Leigha A Tripadvisor

We enjoyed our stay here so much. It was so welcome after hiking for 5 days. The room was spacious & had everything you need. The staff were very helpful & accommodating. 5min walk to centre of town & incredibly quiet. Definitely recommend.

Jane D Tripadvisor