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“Clean, Comfortable and Quiet”
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High Peaks Hotel
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Sydney, Australia
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“Clean, Comfortable and Quiet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed here 2 nights in December 2013, I highly recommend the the High Peaks for these main reasons:

- Staff are fantastic, they are a small team and are all very helpful, friendly and accommodating. No request was too much trouble even at busy times.

- The rooms, common areas and restaurant are spotless! whoever does the cleaning here keeps it cleaner than your Grans house!

- The rooms are a decent size for a motel with new and very clean bathrooms
- The view of the Mountains from the grounds of the hotel and restaurant are excellent
- Helicopter tour of Fox Glacier departs within walking distance from the hotel
- Very quiet at night with little to no road traffic

We ate at the hotel restaurant both nights as the small town was very busy and were very impressed with the food. I can highly recommend the Venison Hot Pot and Pavlova.

Good alternative to Franz Joseph when visiting or passing through the area. I would definitely stay here again if I need to be in the are again.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

As a last minute booking during a busy period, we arrived to a beautifully clean, spacious room, surrounded by stunning landscape. The staff were all incredibly friendly, and happy to offer advice on a trek to the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The meal in the restaurant, while a tad pricey, was also very nicely presented and cooked with care.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

We arrived early December - Perfectly located for you to have a view of the snow capped mountains as you enjoy a hot breakfast or a beautifully prepared evening meal. Fantastic hosts providing local information and an excellent service. Highly recommended

Room Tip: Rooms to the back would offer a better view of the mountains
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Llanrwst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

What a gem! We spent two nights here at the end of our tour of New Zealand. We were immediately made at home with a very warm welcome. The rooms are clean and very comfortable, with an excellent bathroom. We had two evening meals in the restaurant, prepared by our host who admits to more or less run the place herself, with the willing assistance of her husband and a very informative and friendly local farmer's wife who assists in front of house and behind the bar. The food and breakfast were of the highest calibre, but despite the excellent food and rooms, the location is even better. On a quiet lane, a kilometre from the centre of the village with excellent views of Mount Cook & Tasman. Without doubt the best motel and restaurant in Fox Glacier

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Our welcome was warm and room was just as warm and cosy ready for our arrival. Room was super clean with generous sized bathroom and great shower. High Peaks has a fabulous backdrop of Mt Cook on a clear day (no real view from our room though) and is one of the accommodation options closer to Lake Matheson. Feels more homely than a 'motel'. Would have no hesitation staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Room is very clean and spacious, we are so amazed by the brand new facilities in the bathroom. Good location from Fox town as well as Lake Metheson. And it was so dark and quite at night, it's very good for star gazing at the backyard.

Service of hostess Marlene was superb. We arrived at a time when Haast highway is closed, and we planned to go though this section of highway the next morning. Marlene kept us informed of the latest information ever since we arrived. By around 9am the next morning, Marlene got the news the highway will open at noon and suggested us to go there as quick as possible, to avoid any possible road closure again (and it DID close again the next day!!! Those affected had to route through Arthur pass, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Queenstown to Wanaka, a whopping 800km!). We safely passed the affected area and arrived in Wanaka in the afternoon as planned. I was so pleased that I rung up Marlene to show our deepest thanks for the assistance she provided, which makes a pleasant memory for our visit of glacier town.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

The hotel was exactly what we needed. It was clean, comfortable and in a great location. The staff was friendly and we had a very nice breakfast.

What stood out most though was the service provided by Marlene Chant.

We checked in, told Marlene about our plans of a helicopter ride up to Fox Glacier and we were on our way. We checked in at the helicopter office and they told us that no flights were going because of bad weather. We were told to check back in an hour. We went back but still no luck. When we arrived back at the hotel we happened to see Marlene and we told her we weren't able to take the helicopter ride.

Little did we know that Marlene then kept in constant contact with the helicopter office to check on availability of flights for us. Towards the end of the day Marlene called us in our room and told us to get ready and that the helicopter office was sending a car to pick us up. We were treated to a once in a lifetime experience and witnessed a beautiful sunset while on Fox Glacier.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: High Peaks Hotel
Address: 167 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly High Peaks Motor Lodge)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — High Peaks Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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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