Its name, High Peaks Hotel, makes it sound grand, like an old Victorian manor house on high peaks, in fact, this is a motel with basic facilities and not much charm for about NZ$150 a night. We stayed here for just one night.
TV had 6 channels--none particularly interesting (no Sky TV or CNN--at least during our stay). The fridge was the smallest we had ever seen (about the size of two shoe boxes) and it barely kept food cool, let alone cold. We worried about eating the yogurt we had kept in it overnight.
The room was clean and in good condition. The motel is located just a few minutes from the center of small Fox Glacier town, but we had no scenic views from our room.
We could park right in front of our room, which made it easy to bring in our bags.
The motel has a restaurant that was open for dinner, but we chose not to eat here.
Fox Glacier access road is 4 km. away.
The drive to nearby Lake Matheson is worth doing, particularly late in the afternoon; make sure to walk to the lake itself. The Lake Matheson cafe is lovely, open for meals or drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High Peaks is a modern hotel offering comfortable, relaxed accommodation in Fox Glacier, on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Set in a quiet, rural location, High Peaks provides you an ideal setting to enjoy some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The hotel is perfectly located as a base to explore the West Coast's glacier country and Lake Matheson, one of our local icons is only a hop skip and jump away. ... more less
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