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“One of our favorite places to stay on our trip to New Zealand!”
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The Westhaven
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Newark, Delaware
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302 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
“One of our favorite places to stay on our trip to New Zealand!”
Reviewed April 27, 2011

I wish we had the chance to stay more than one night at this charming motel! Our room was great with many little touches - free wireless internet access, a large bathroom, small kitchenette, a book with all the local restaurant menus and heated blanket. There was also a small patio with chairs out back to relax in. We were easily able to walk to dinner and the general store...and the views just outside our room were gorgeous!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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FoxWest, Owner at The Westhaven, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
Thank you for your nice review. We try really hard to make sure all of our guests are comfortable and enjoy the facilities The Westhaven has to offer. Now that winter is here (yep, plenty of snow on the mountains after the last few days!!) all of our rooms have great quiet heating sytems, wall and underfloor and all beds have electric blankets, regards Kelvin and Shelley
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2011

Although this motel sits on the State Highway it is quiet and within easy walking distance of the small town. The room was clean and at check in the owner was pleasant and welcoming. All the guided activities of this area could be accessed without using your car.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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FoxWest, Owner at The Westhaven, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
Pleased you enjoyed your choice of accommodation here in Fox Glacier. The Westhaven is only 1-2 minutes walk to all the restaurants,cafes, Fox Glacier Guiding company and all of the scenic helicopter operators. Hope you had a safe journey back to the UK and maybe we will see you again one day, kind regards Kelvin and Shelley.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

Accom at Westhaven Motel (Fox) was booked by tour company - v.good, spacious, clean, modern, dbl lounge chair, big comfy bed & pillows, window wall, shower over bathtub, good TV receptn/selectn. Thankful for help with luggage to room in the rain; thankful for loan of umbrellas. We took the shades off bedside lamps as it is our custom to read before sleep.
Liked being at ground level and close to pub and store. Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

We had a very good experience in this hotel. It's obviously much more than just an investment to the managers. I would not hesitate in chosing it again.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

I was travelling with my wife and her parents and we had no booking. We initially stopped at Franz Josef but it had turned into a horrible place since I last stayed there in the 90's. Crowded, overpriced and commericalised and the continual buzz of helicopters giving it a MASH feel. I suggested we drive on to Fox expecting the same, happily it had stayed the same. We were just before peak season last November 2010 and so finding a room was not a problem. The room we had was roomy and fine, nice large bed, good shower and bath. Parking right outside the door. Not the greatest views but fine for a few nights. The owner also recommended Lake Matheson Cafe for dinner which was brilliant and situated beside a lake and if your lucky with the weather you can look upon the alps and see Mt Cook.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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FoxWest, Owner at The Westhaven, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
Thanks for your review, of course Fox Glacier is nicer that Franz Josef! (well ok I maybe a little bias). If you want great scenery and a less busier place to visit then Fox Glacier is the one. There are some great Restaurants in Fox and all are very close to The Westhaven. Pleased you enjoyed your meal at Matheson Cafe down at Lake Matheson, Chris and his team do a wonderful job. thanks and regards again Kelvin and Shelley.
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Swanley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2011

My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights between 11th and 13th Jan 2011, to facilitate a heli-hike.

The rooms are spacious, comfortable and have everything that you would expect from a fair priced motel room in NZ. No negatives to report of and I would state, that even at the height of summer, there were many vacancies still around, hence we picked these 2 nights up just be arriving on the spot.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2011

We stayed for two days. Very "used" room, bathtub, etc. People at the counter were nice to us, but apart from that - nothing to add.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Westhaven
Address: Statehighway 6, Fox Glacier | Westland, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Westhaven 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Westhaven in Fox Glacier is located right in the heart of the Fox Glacier township. We are a modern stylish complex with 23 large studio units. Each room is self contained with private en suite bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. All rooms have a kitchenette which includes a fridge, microwave and kitchen appliances. Our beds are really comfortable, queen, king and super king beds are all available and all rooms have good heating, beds have electric blankets. We offer FREE internet access and have a guest laundry facility. ... more   less 
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