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Sunset Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   93 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile


Stayed for 2 nights, but didn't arrive until 8pm due to a lengthy drive from milford sound (had pre warned at time of booking). Was warmly welcomed and provided with an upgrade to a spa room- thank you very much- and information about places to visit whilst in the area and good places to dine including what would be open late for us to eat.
Room was a good size, very clean and comfortable and had fantastic views through large windowed doors and access to a patio and grassed area with table and chairs to sit out and enjoy the view. The 1km walk into town was an easy one and but being slightly out provided the awesome views and quietness.
Would definitely return

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stayed in the 2 bedroom room and it was small but cosy. It is a 3 minute drive to the town centre which was convenient. We only spent a night but it was a very comfortable stay. It doesn't feel like a motel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Comfortable modern and spotless apartments, well equipped for self catering if required and right next to Glacier Helicopters' launch site. The views of Mount Cook from the apartments and small outside patios (within larger gardens) are stunning and it was wonderful to sit outside with a glass or 2 as dusk approached and the clouds moved across the mountains and the colours changed constantly (great views again at dawn).

Great location within walking distance of the small town with its 3/4 eateries and small supermarket which served our simple salad requirements for an evening of mountain watching. For wider self catering requirements it might be advisable to shop en route. Lake Mattheson with its famous mirror image views of Mount Cook is just a 5 minute drive away (plus an hour or so round walk to the best viewing point. Wi-fi addicts will be disappointed by $10 cost.

Room Tip: Most rooms appeared to have mountain views but even if not, communal gardens offer these
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We found this motel to be excellent in so many ways. Bruce and Lindsay were so helpful and friendly. Our rooms were great and we were very happy with our choice for a two night stay. Bruce helped us to book a helicopter trip which was breathtaking and a real highlight of the holiday. When we first arrived we were thrilled with the view from our window. We overlooked the garden with the mountains beyond. It is also very well placed. For Lake Matheson and it's excellent cafe.

Room Tip: We had chalet 7 with a fantastic view of the mountains which was ideal.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malaysia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Our family of three had a very comfortable stay at this motel. We had a fantastic view of the snow mountains from our backdoor. The motel was well furnished and the beds were very comfortable. Our host was very friendly and the girls cleaning our room were very accomodating and helpful as well. All in all it was a great two nights stay and I would return without hesitation.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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High Wycombe, England
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199 reviews 199 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Sunset Motel is very welcoming - and well before arrival as I had been in email contact with Bruce and Linsey well before we got there on a number of matters. They were also very helpful with advice on tours etc.
As you pull in you realise why so many reviewers praise the view - every room has a view of the mountains, with pleasant gardens around all rooms. Our room was nicely furnished, well laid out, well equipped, and with a nice area by the lawn to sit out at any time of day and admire the scenery. And there is a very handy laundry, with tumble drier, and with iron and ironing board in your room. It is a little away from the centre of Fox village, but that made the place reasonably quiet.
This was a very pleasant two night stay during our tour of both Islands of New Zealand, and we enjoyed it. I recommend Sunset Motel to anyone wanting to stop at Fox Glacier for one, two or more nights.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A fantastic place to stay with an outstanding view of the mountains.
We had a very good check in from a very friendly and helpful lady, who was born in England but moved to New Zealand some years ago.
The rooms were of a very high standard with a good comfortable bed. The patio doors opened to a very pleasant garden area and overlooked the mountains.
A great place to stay and would thoroughly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: Nothing to add as could not be faulted.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 93 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, 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 Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fox Glacier
#6 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunset Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free wifi when booking direct 25 spacious ground floor units.Four star plus qualmark rated with views from every room of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. We have a large back lawn for your enjoyment. Our property is located on Cook Flat Road so we avoid the noise from State Highway 6 that runs through the main town. So no traffic noise or late night bar noise. Sleep in peace with only the views to keep you awake.Studio, Spa and Family units all designated non-smoking, serviced daily, microwave kitchenette with cooking facilities, tea/coffee,32 inch LCD tv's with Satellite television, electric heating , electric blankets, phone, wireless internet available, ironing facilities, cot/highchair available, continental breakfast available, guest laundry, 900 metres to cafes and tour operators. All major credit cards accepted. ... more   less 
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Sunset Motel Fox Glacier
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