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Lake Matheson Motel

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Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive | PO Box 23, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our short stay at this motel. The husband/wife owners (apologies if they're not a couple!) were as friendly as can be when we checked in. The rooms are not huge, but really that's all you can expect or want in such a small town as Fox Glacier. The room we stayed in had a spa bath, which... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to stay here after the reviews on Trip adviser but felt let down with the quality and value for money. Specifically, there was no mattress covers only a electric blanket, no bedside table, crumbs on the carpet, lots of dead insects on the bathroom ceiling- loads in fact which could have easily be cleaned off. Also our unit... More 

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RobHalsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. I can only apologise for your experience and I have spent all morning talking to staff to get to the bottom of your complaints. In particular, cleanliness is one of our main focuses - so I was gutted to read this. As part of our daily practice we do unit checks prior to check... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked this based on lonely planet and AA accomodation guide. $139 for a small room with a soft bed. Not even free wifi. I guess 'with wifi' is NZSpeak for 'not included' . In a Canadian mountain setting you would pay $50 for this. Be warned.

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RobHalsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write your review. I am disappointed that you did not have a good experience during your stay with us. Yes the queen bed rooms are smaller than our king size bed studios, but they are approximately 6 metres deep by 4.5 metres wide which allows us enough space for a queen bed, 2 bedside... More 

Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Receptionist was very friendly and gave us a walk through of the to-dos and to-sees around the area. However I was told that my room doesn't have wifi coverage and I'd have to come near the office to get wifi. That's the only negativity. Room is well proportioned and even come with cooking facilities. Bedding is clean and comfortable. The... More 

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RobHalsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I'm extremely glad you enjoyed your stay with us in Fox Glacier. I apologise for the WIFI - we are having major problems with it and have booked a IT specialist to come down from Greymouth to set up additional aerials to strengthen the service to units furtherest away from the office (where... More 

Westerham, United Kingdom
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174 reviews 174 reviews
53 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The motel is well-located a short distance from the center of Fox Glacier and a few kms from Lake Matheson. It's a modern, well maintained property and we received a warm welcome from the owner/managers. Our premium spa studio was nicely appointed and very comfortable. In summary a very good quality motel. The only (small) criticism was the excruciatingly slow... More 

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Christchurch
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we arrived and had a good welcome and shown to our rooms quickly with a place to put our motorcycles under cover in front of our motel units. Heather and mike were good host and put us right for a meal and drinks at the cook and saddle a couple of hundred meters up to the main road. The rooms... More 

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York Haven, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were very pleased with our accommodations at the Lake Matheson Motels. The whirlpool tub was great after hiking up to Fox Glacier and the bed was very comfortable. The location was perfect for visiting Lake Matheson in the morning before returning to the room for a shower and packing up for our next destination. My only... More 

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Pittsburgh,Pa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed one night and found the room comfy and adequate When we arrived, there was a distressing housekeeping issue. However, the inn keepers responded immediately, and the problem was resolved quickly by both of the inn keepers with apologies and amends. Things happen, so it is the response that is important, and this was excellent After hiking up to... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this was one of my most favourite stays in New Zealand. Loved every bit of it. The location is fine, but the views all around were superb. Felt transformed to another world with its scenic views. Lush green land and mountains around. Our motel manager was a fine gentleman who gave us a few useful tips regarding how to go... More 

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Waikato Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn't prebooked but there was a suitable studio room for us. They are very modern and attractive and have all the necessaries. Bed was comfortable, and the linen fresh and crisp. Appreciating that Fox Glacier is generally a cold place, and we were visiting in late summer, we found it difficult to keep cool overnight, but taking off the... More 

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