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“Good location, clean, comfortable and value for money!” 5 of 5 stars
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Lake Matheson Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive | PO Box 23, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Singapore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good location, clean, comfortable and value for money!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

Reception was friendly, helpful and approachable (think she was the owner/manager? not sure on this). The hotel was a wonderful 5-7minute walk to the Village, and 10-15 minute drive to Lake Matheson. Also, it's not near any of the glacier tour helipads.
We stayed in the newly renovated unit (non-wheelchair accessible). Covered parking in front of unit was great, especially when unloading/loading luggage when it rains. Note that vehicles bigger than a 4 door sedan may not enjoy the luxury total cover (unless you park really close to the entrance). Very small flight of steps into the unit coupled with a large glass sliding door at the unit entrance makes loading/unloading luggage/gear very easy. Unit mostly carpeted, whilst the bathroom and mini-kitchen area were of timber flooring, making the unit pleasant to walk around bare-footed when cold.
Very powerful electric heater in the bedroom/living/dining area. Bathroom however does not have those electric heaters that blow nice warm air out, but powerful halogen lights inside bathroom do provide ample heat, albeit at a slower rate. Water pressure was fantastic.
Room was a little short of power points in the living area, had to run an extension cord from the mini-kitchen to the dining table. Unit also had ample space for 4 adults to sit (there's a sofa in the room as well) and discuss the next day's adventure/travel plans.
Wireless internet was cheap ($10 a day), fast and stable. Signal strength low, but same experience with my other accommodations in New Zealand’s South Island (except the wired ones).
If you’re seeking a quiet yet convenient, clean, comfortable and affordable place to stay in Fox Glacier Village, this is the accommodation you’ve been looking for.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

We really enjoyed our evening sitting outside looking at the snow capped mountains at sunset while the kids played on the adjacent rugby field. The service and cleanliness was tops. Nice quiet and very comfortable newly renovated two bedroom . Meant we could sleep in while the kids watched tv in the lounge. Excellent value for money in the Glacier Country region. Which is more than in the cities.
Can't wait to go back again. You will enjoy this place.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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36 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

A very quiet motel with peaceful surroundings. Cosy ambience and clean room! Takes slightly less than 5 minutes to get to the Village for your hikes.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

This motel is actually no where near Lake Matheson, but is located just a couple of blocks from where the action is in the small Fox Glacier township. The rooms are stock standard motel fare, but clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2010

I've never really stayed in motels before.. I think this one set the standards too high! The rooms were extremely clean, and the bathroom is spankin' new with really modern sleek finishings. The water pressure was amazing!! Internet was I think $10NZD I think, and it's for the entire night. Signal was a bit weak.. you just have to find the right spot in your room. You can walk to the main road where restaurants are but you can also drive.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kauai, Hawaii
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

I loved this hotel! Very clean accommodations, recently updated with modern appliances and a wonderful bathroom. Great, big heater in the room. Covered parking right next to your cabin. Nice service.

Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010

Stayed in this motel for 2 nights. Pleasant, comfortable and clean rooms. Bought the wi-fi at 10 dollars but had trouble connecting. We were told that the connection will be poor at the time of check in. So, can't really complain about that . Great view of the glaciers which was a definite plus.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive | PO Box 23, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Luxury Hotel in Fox Glacier
#4 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Matheson Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Matheson Motel is ideally located 400 metres from the town centre of Fox Glacier. While we have been proudly named after beautiful Lake Matheson for our 22 years in business, we are definitely a town based motel; while we are not on the edge of the Lake, we are only a ten drive away and the same for the Glacier. Our motto is 'simply nice'. This means we provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodation and focus on giving you good quality basics such as quality Sleepyhead beds, cotton linen, good showers, televisions and utensils. We have a 4 star grade with Qualmark. So come and enjoy our studio and 2 bedroom units, with mountain views, in a peaceful location. We have WIFI,undercover parking for all units, some spa units, King and Queen bed units, continental breakfasts, a portable BBQ and a Guest Laundry for your convenience. We hope to welcome you to Fox Glacier soon. Heather and Mike, Motel Managers. ... more   less 
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