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Lake Matheson Motel
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

After a half day hike at the Franz Josef glacier, Lake Matheson Motel was a comfortable treat! We had decided to stay at Fox Glacier as it is less crowded as compared to Franz. This cozy motel is located in a peaceful location, half an hour drive from Franz Josef.

Our cottage was neat, roomy and had all the necessary amenities like a heater, microwave, sink, kettles, crockery and TV. The motel staff is very helpful and friendly! Also, you can park for free, right outside your cottage. The motel helps order food from the nearby Lake Matheson Cafe.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

We found our room to be quite clean and comfortable. The kitchenette was well furnished and had everything we needed. The covered car park directly outside the room was a bonus due to the rainy weather!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

We stayed here for 1 night during our trip down the West Coast and found everything to our satisfaction. Pleasant, helpful staff, warm and fairly spacious room with a comfortable bed, great shower, everything clean and neat, peaceful atmosphere, walking distance to shops and food - in general all that we required in a motel for an overnight stay. Faultless!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

Stayed for a single night at the Lake Matheson motel whilst exploring the Fox Glacier region. The motel is conviently located for visting both the terminal face of the Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson with the former being a 10 minute drive and the latter a 5 minute drive. Once again we had a heli-hike onto the glacier cancelled due to low cloud!! Seriously, how many cloudless blue sky days that you see in the postcards do they get here? Not many I'll bet!! The room we got was spacious and comfortable although $10 a night for wireless internet access seemed somewhat excessive. Overall the motel was fine but it's certainly not the best place we've stayed on our trip round the South Island.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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RobHalsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2011

Hi there
Thank you for taking time out to place a review on our property.
Having read through all of March's reviews today, I have made a decision to close down the current wireless system and have now ordered the ZENBU wireless system which guests can order direct from the company with their credit cards, ordering as little or large amount of cyber time as required - and the price will therefore reflect that - rather than everyone paying a blanket rate of $10 which is obviously excessive for those of you wanting to check emails and have a quick surf. So thank you for your feedback.

I hope you still enjoyed your stay even though it wasn't your best in the south island. We are aiming to provide accommodation that is 'simply nice'. So simple, but with good basics such as beds, linen, showers, utensils. We hope we are hitting the mark in being a good clean comfortable place which we hope is good value for money. And I hope we were all of these things for you.
Appreciate your time.
Rob
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

We stopped here for Fox Glacier Helihike, book on to the earliest morning flight because the weather changes fast. We booked early and after we came down, no more were going up for teh next few days due to bad weather and low cloud. We had lunch at the fox glacier guiding place and it was adequate. The coffee was ok.

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Tin roofs so if it rains its very heavy and loud
Bed comfortable
Preparation area, surface cooker rings, microwave, fridge. Buy food to eat here, maybe buy it before you get to Fox as there is no options if it is closed. Like public holidays etc.
Shower good.
Staff helpful.
Sheltered car-parking under corrugated plastic in front of room. Everyone gets one.

It did the job we stayed two nights.
We went to Gillipsie beach and walked to see the seals, we saw three. Check on the tides before you leave. On the walk you can see Fox glacier from the distance. On our way back up the 12km steep windy track we were confronted by a bull who started to prepare to charge at us. we backed away and waited for it to calm down.
Matheson Lake is a nice short walk but if there is a wind you wont see any reflections. You need to get there before sunrise. You can go for a coffee there.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

Stayed in this motel for 2 nights while visiting Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. When I booked the motel, almost every hotel/motel in the area was fully booked. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I found that this motel still had vacancy and that is was a very good motel.

The rooms are a little on the small side, but they are very comfortable. The rooms have a kitchenette. The bathrooms have been furnished in a trendy decoration. Unfortunately the room itself isn't as trendy and the TV is not flat-screen. In our room, we were even missing a remote control for the TV.

There is a separate cottage on the premises for laundry and ironing needs. Overall the motel is nice, and I would recommend it. The location is also very good.

On a negative note, the girl who checked us into the motel, had a very limited knowledge on what sights, attractions and activities were available in the area (including also Franz Josef). Fortunately we got more information from another person the next morning.

Fox Glacier township is very expensive and everything closes very early (latest 8 pm). But the scenery is wonderful!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

Found this place in an accommodation book and phoned ahead thinking the Fox Glacier area might be busy (it wasn't). So booked in sight unseen.

We wanted a 2 room unit to handle a family of 4 - they had one. Generous size, good kitchen, rooms good, very clean, nice bathroom, plenty of hot water.

Internet was $10 for the whole stay (2 nights).

Great place, a little out of the way which made it nice and quiet as well.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive, 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:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range: $107 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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