We stayed here in a campervan for 2 nights in order to take the heli hike up to the Glacier. Have noted that most (all?) of the reviews about this place seem to apply to the Lodge and room accommodation whereas my comments only apply to the CAMPERVAN park part of this property.
The young lady in reception was lovely and very helpful and allowed us to park our van wherever we liked so we were able to choose a nice convenient spot. This was on the 1st May so don't know if it would be as easy in peak times.
Shower and toilet block was a bit limiting to say the least. From memory 2 or 3 unisex toilets and 2 large "disabled" shower rooms with a toilet in them. At evening and mornings there was a bit of a queue as more campers came in. However, managed to get a hot shower etc, but it wasn't what you call a "top facility". Also, there is one small laundry room with washing machine and drier which we used successfully using lots of coins.
The kitchen block was located way over the far side of the park and was only very small with 2 stove tops and sinks and limited table seating. There were 2 other families in there when we were trying to have breakfast and it was too much so went back to the van.
There is a nice little BBQ shelter and free gas BBQ which we used to grill dinner on and it worked well. Set over by itself near the edge of the park and trees. Quite pleasant.
We got a bit of a start just after dark when the Kea birds "attacked" the roof and got stuck into the rubber bits. However they only lasted a few minutes after chasing them off.
The best part of this park is its location. Situated only 50m or so from the main road which runs thru the little village of Fox Glacier and a very short stroll across the road to the booking office for Fox Glacier Guiding tours and helicopters. There is a well stocked little mini "supermart" or convenience store and coffee shop only 2 mins walk from the Lodge. Just down from the entrance to the Lodge and camper park on the corner is a cafe and Information centre.
On the morning of our helicopter trip we had to be in the office at 8.45am and we only had to walk across the road at 8.40. So convenient.
During the day the ablution blocks were very nicely cleaned and fresh when we returned.
Am rating this place 4 out of 5 for its location and friendly staff and at $34NZ per night great value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our modern solid timber, purpose-built Lodge is in the heart of the Fox Glacier Village. We have B&B style accommodation & self-contained units, some with double spa baths. We are the closest accommodation to the Glacier & only a one minute walk to all cafes, restaurants & shops. Enjoy our tranquil setting, surrounded by rain forest with mountain views. Laundry facilities & mountain bikes for your use. We are happy to assist you with booking local activities. ... more less
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