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Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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“Very nice place to stay”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Stayed here for two nights when visiting Fox Glacier. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the room itself was great. Plenty of space, big bathroom and it was warm when I walked in (despite being cold and wet outside). Had breakfast there both days and on the second got a free upgrade from the continental to the full cooked breakfast which was nice. Only worked out about 50% more expensive than staying at a youth hostel and was easily two or three times better quality.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Stayed here for a night soon after the tiring trip to Fox Glacier. Was a little disappointed since the room was too small. We were a couple with a 10 year old child and we found the room very small although the bathroom was very big. It's ok to spend one night at this place. We did not get the room with the breakfast, since we left the next day early in the morning, and we just bought sometimes and sandwiches from the petrol pump nearby.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Tutbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in Fox Glacier. The reception staff (all 4 we met) where welcoming and helpful - especially helping us with concerns over the intercity and road closures. The rooms was a good size and very comfortable. Recommended for anyone looking to stay at Fox Glacier.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Stayed a night here, a warm comfortable room. Helpful staff and a good breakfast in the morning
Has the pub downstairs with a nice open fire and a relaxed environment.
An older building but looked after.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Orchard Road, Singapore
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Stayed here for a night. Fast check in. Disappointed with the room. Shower head with very low water pressure. Heater didn't work at all. Paid 5 dollars for 24 hrs wifi which were very strong. If you are staying for a night, then its ok.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We wrote to staff following our visit and have heard nothing in response.

This is the only place to eat on Christmas Day in Fox Glacier and we would encourage you to either stay somewhere else and drive in the following morning or buy supplies and make your own meal. Anything would be better than paying a large sum of money for school canteen quality food.

We were highly disappointed and put off by the meal that was served on the 25th of Dec. The menu sounded good but the reality was the worst meal we have had during our time in New Zealand and our worst christmas meal to date. For $140, we expect decent quality food. What we received was dry and terribly cooked turkey, lamb and chicken. The vegetables were largely soggy, watery and tasteless. The corn was watery and just plain horrid. The cooked potatoes were spongy and brown all the way through. They should have been roasted with some crispness on the outside, savoury taste and fluffiness or soft insides. The cold salads, garden salad and coleslaw being the exceptions, were also awful. The various piles of cream that were supposed to be dessert was inedible. The only decent piece of food was the ham.

We were in and out of the dining room in 30mins and went to bed hungry. We told our waiter about how awful the meal was at the time but he did not care. We went back to our hotel and told them never to send any of their guests to Heartland hotel for Christmas dinner. People should stock up at the supermarket, eat before arriving in fox glacier or plan to arrive the following morning.

Hopefully someone else's Christmas can be spared. Ours was ruined.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Located in the serene Te Wahipounamu area the Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is a boutique property. It was booked as a layover in course of our NZ trip. The place was a nice one to stay for a short period and kudos to our travel portal of Newzealandtourister.com for arranging a stay. They also liaised with the resort officials and managed to arrange for a budget package for us.

Being a foodie I would like bring out the plus points in the food gourmet initially. The dining room only opened at 7am for the breakfast and it stayed open for a considerable duration of time. Breakfast was in built in the room rate and fare contained an elaborate menu of bacon, sausages, hash brownies, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, baked beans and an assortment of breads/toast, cereals, pastries, tea, coffee, frappes, milk shakes and fruit juice served in a buffet style.

The venison and veal ribs to start the main course were quite heavy and enormous. The side dish of fish and chips was really tasty as it was freshly battered and was quite white and boneless. Service was the only minor blip as it was a bit slow.

Based on our stay our guess was that rooms facing the front tower had a reasonable view. The central apartment was getting a touch old and our wing needed some styling. The place is a country hotel after all and located in a small town it provided the best to its abilities. As we were staying overnight on a layover trip we were not looking for a huge extravagant place and thus it suited our purpose well.
As with the other hotels in and around the area of South Island the lack of free wi-fi was there in
the Fox Glacier as well and is a minor blip.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Address: 11 Cook Flat Road | P O Box 2, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Hotel Class:3 star — Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier 3*
Number of rooms: 167
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