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“Great location, fantastic service, welcoming and helpful.highly recommend”
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Sunset Motel
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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“Great location, fantastic service, welcoming and helpful.highly recommend”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by the warm welcoming and helpful staff at the sunset motel, one of our party list their jacket and a spare was provided free of charge. The view is fantastic the rooms clean and open. Highly recommend to all travellers going through fox glacier!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Sunset Motel on Cook Flat Road is a winner.The folk running the place strike a great balance between being so helpful but never intrusive. We had a room with a great view of Mount Cook, basic but adequate cooking gear, a spa bath and a nice garden outside.If helicopters taking off annoy you then it could be a problem but they are part and parcel of the area.The motel abuts a "hobby farm" residential area which was great. The neighbours' kids rode their pony up and down the fenceline (showing off a bit which was so nice) and their mum stopped for a chat as we sat outside in the evening enjoying a glass(or two) of nice NZ bubbly.This is what we wanted...contact with the locals and the magnicient scenary but also privacy....achieved wonderfully. The place to stay!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

My wife & I stayed at the Sunset Motel, Fox Glacier for two nights at the beginning of November, as part of our 13 day tour of New Zealand South Island. The Motel is in a great location...just a fifteen minute walk into Fox Glacier township, which is a great way to 'stretch your legs' after a long day out in the car. The accommodation was extremely comfortable, very clean & well equipped. The views from our room of the snow capped mountains were nothing short of stunning. We had a great warm welcome from Bruce, on our arrival...a very, very friendly & helpful guy, which certainly helped make our stay there a very pleasant one. Would we stay at the Sunset Motel again? Most definitely..would we recommend the Sunset Motel? Absolutely. Thank you once again Bruce, Linsey & Shelby.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Brian W
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Overall, the best accommodation and value on our trip to New Zealand. After touring both the North and South Islands and staying in a different motel each night, my wife and I really appreciated the very clean and very pleasant rom that supplied all that we needed. The host was very friendly, we had a very nice dinner in town and we took advantage of the laundry facilities while we were there. It was great to be able to open the floor to ceiling curtains in the morning to see the snow covered mountains.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Burton upon Trent
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stayed at the Sunset Motel for one night in October, before moving on to Hokitika. We had travelled over Haast Pass from Queenstown & Wanaka, and the weather had been kind to us on South Island. Unfortunately it changed not long after we had stopped at the Gates of Haast, and it was to rain non- stop for the next 36 hrs. We arrived at the Sunset Motel early evening, and had a lovely greeting at reception from Bruce, who was joking with us about the West Coast weather whilst he checked us in and arranged the key for our Studio Unit. He also recommended that we eat in town at the Cook Saddle, as it did lovely food and was directly at the top of the road.
Our unit/room was lovely, clean & spacious. The bed was really comfy too, and we had one of the best night’s sleep of our whole trip. We were genuinely sad that we did not have more time to spend in the Fox Glacier area, as we were considering visiting the glacier, and it was a real shame about the weather. However, our stay at the Sunset Motel was great. When we checked out I spoke to Bruce and his family, who recommended we eat breakfast at the Lake Matheson Cafe. I promised Bruce that I would leave a review on TA, and I would certainly recommend the Sunset Motel to anyone staying in the Fox Glacier area. It is a lovely hotel in a lovely setting, with super views. Lake Matheson is also only 5 minutes away... Thank’s again for everything !!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

What a beautiful place to stay !! We had wonderful views of the snow top mountains while sitting in our room drinking wine. The only disappointment was the shower.. Water pressure not good and it took ages for the hot water to kick in

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Clean, modern, views, good bathroom and kitchen facilities - I just don't know why I wasn't more excited about this place. Perhaps it was the fact it seemed a bit far out (definitely need a car when it rains) or maybe it was the take it or leave it attitude at reception. Maybe it just needs time to develop a bit of character and personality - but I don't think I will be back to check it out somehow.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sunset Motel
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 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Motel 3*
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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