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Rainforest Motel
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Certificate of Excellence
Telford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Great value”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Should have stayed here for two nights but due to Haast Pass closure sadly only had one. But the long 12 hour drive from Wanaka was worth it. We were warmly welcomed and got lots of advice and maps about the area. We were delighted with our spacious room. Everything was spotlessly clean. The kitchenette was well equipped and had a table and chairs. Comfy sofa and bed with good quality pillows, bed linen and towels. There was a heater in the lounge and bedroom so we were soon warm on a cold and rainy day. Bathroom was large with a good shower and lots of hot water.
The location is amazing, we couldn't get enough of the views and the peace and quiet.
Next morning when we checked out we were only charged for one night. (We had advised them we would be a day late but expected to have to pay for both). I felt this was very fair.
If you are visiting Fox Glacier I recommend a stay at this lovely motel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Clean and comfortable motel with great views of the mountains. The hosts were really friendly and helpful. Our kids loved playing in the little river that runs behind the motel.We would recommend the Rainforest Motel to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The Rainforest Motel is your typical older style motel but don't be put off by that thought, the hosts were lovely and helpful, the room large and furnishings very comfortable. There is a nice grassy park-like area and a great view up into the mountains. Wi-fi is free but can be a bit hit and miss if storms are around. Considering where you are don't expect to find too much better and it's more than enough!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

My experience at the Rainforest Motel was so great that I had to write my first TripAdvisor Review just for it. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a little girl who politely informed me that she will go and get her dad and be back in just a minute. Obviously the warm hospitality runs in the family. Then when she returned with her dad, we were upgraded from a Studio to a Two-Bedroom and offered a carton of milk for our coffee/tea. Talk about a smooth check-in. We got the Unit #12, which was at the far end with large windows and spectacular views on all sides. The Unit was clean, warm, well-equipped and nicely maintained. Unfortunately the WiFi was down during our stay, but that meant we could enjoy the HD Sky TV to the fullest as well as a good night's sleep. Highly recommended accommodation in Fox Glacier!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were due to stay at Rainforest Motel for two nights, however due to the Haast Pass rock falls, we were stuck in Wanaka and due to time restraints could only spend one night at Fox. This was disappointing because we'd hope to day trek over the Fox Glacier. However the host at Rainforest Motel (cannot remember his name sorry) was very accommodating and understanding of the situation. He was able to cancel one night without cancellation fees.booking FOC. Because of the Haast slips, I couldn't get a twin room, however was happy to have a double with a rollaway bed. We were informed of the best time to visit the glacier, and where to have breakfast (at Lake Matheson Cafe).

There was free Wifi at the Motel, but only directly outside the office (I believe the wifi antennae was hit by lightning).

The room was clean, very spacious and perfect for our stay. We would have liked to have stayed longer.

Great view of the mountains also.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed here in a two bed apartment for one night on our trip up the West Coast. The apartment was well equipped, with a full kitchen, dining table, sitting area etc. Very clean and comfortable for 4 adults. The chap who checked us in was very friendly and helpful and there was even free wifi. Our room had a lovely view of the mountains and bush, just a really lovely quiet place to stay and enjoy the beauty of the West Coast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I would not recommend the place to travellers to Fox Glacier. We had prebooked and prepaid for our room, prior to leaving Australia. When we arrived in Greymouth, the day before going to Fox, we were told that the Haast pass was closed, and we would not be able to use the road south. As we were going to Fox Glacier to stay the next day, we called our travel agent, who then contacted the Rainforest Hotel on our behalf, as we wanted to cancel our booking and get a refund. This was more than 24 hours before we went to Fox. They were told that we could not get a refund. Apparently when the Haast Pass was first closed, the proprieter of the Rainforest Motel did give refunds, but after a few days (and the pass not opening) he started to refuse, as "I had informed the tour company of the closure". Unfortunately, no one told us! He was not overly friendly, and when we turned up to talk to him about it, he then asked us for the accomodation voucher, even though we weren't going to stay there! (We had already booked a flight over the glacier, and we were'nt going to miss that!)

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Rainforest Motel
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rainforest Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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