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Rainforest Motel
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

We stayed here overnight on our way from Hanmer Springs to Wanaka.
It was easy to find in a convenient central location.It was a very hot day when we arrived but the windows were all open to air the place.
It was an end unit with windows on three side of the living area so we had lovely views all round of the rain forest mountains,so near that you felt you could almost touch them.
This is a good well thought out motel.We had a clean,good size bathroom with sufficient lighting and table lamps each side of the bed.Some places have inadequate bedroom lighting making it difficult to read in bed.
My husband made good use of the free wifi.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

The Rainforest is fine.

It's not brand new and it's not flash, the bed isn't huge, the chairs aren't especially comfortable and you her the basics of a motel and nothing more.

It is superbly located a short (like 2 minute) walk from where everything in Fox happens however, and we saw dozens of people schlep past on their way to their more distant accommodation while we enjoyed a cold one in our room.

My main criticism is that it's about as bad as it gets for the 'motel zoo' effect as each room has a full glass wall facing the car park. At least there are net curtains.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

The Rainforest Motel was very adequate, and a good value. Very close to the main street in Fox Glacier, and the room had all of the conveniences you would look for. In our unit, the bed was showing its age (you kind of rolled to the middle), but the electric bedwarmer was great on a cooler evening. No problems, but not a really phenomenal place either.

Room Tip: I would stay away from the building with the washing machines, which is also the hotel laundry, so t...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

Lovely place to stay and excellent bathroom facilities for older people, clean and spacious. Good value

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

During our whirlwind tour of New Zealand (7 nights, 7 different motels) we needed a place to stay in Fox Glacier so that we could do a glacier walk in the morning. Many of the options looked pretty similar ahead of time so we went with the Rainforest Motel. The rates were the best we had in all of New Zealand so we couldn't really complain about that. We arrived just around 8 PM so I think we were a little on the late side for the hosts. He was pretty friendly and gave us a recommendation for dinner, but just wasn't as enthusiastic as some of the other hosts we had in our travels. The room was pretty nice with a small kitchen type area and a nice sitting area. Electric blanket was a nice amenity for a chilly September night. There were a few spiders and bugs in the room when we got there, but no big deal. I wouldn't necessarily tell anyone to stay away from this location, but I wouldn't highly recommend it either. It was just average.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

A very good value for money Motel. Great location easy 5 minute walk to the main street of Fox. Very quiet location, although the local volunteer Fire Station is next door and the emergency call out siren is very loud and can go off at any time.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite that perfectly suited our needs. Very clean and well maintianed. Very nice gardens and lawns to relax in and soak up the amazing views.
The owner can seem a little short initially but is full of helpful information on what to do and where to go in Fox.
FREE internet!!! Every other accomodation provider needs to follow this lead.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

This is a no-frills sort of place, but it had everything that we needed and plenty of room and it was clean and close to the helihike that we'd planned. It worked out perfectly! We'd stay there again. Definitely suggest eating at the bistro on Lake Matheson and taking the walk around the lake.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 15 Cook Flat Road, 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#7 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range: $74 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rainforest Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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