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Rainforest Motel
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Lovely stay, great owners”
Reviewed February 20, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights, the motel is fine - nothing amazing but nothing awful either but the owners were super lovely, even putting a box of toys in the lounge for our baby to play with (which she was pretty stoked about after 2 weeks of the same things!) and giving good advice on what was kiddy-friendly in the area and offering to lend us any baby equipment we needed... So handy to have a baby bath after trying to shower her off nightly!
You can see the owners are slowly doing the place up, as it stands its pretty standard but could do with a re-paint etc...but still nothing to complain about.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

We stayed here for one night. Unfortunately we had very bad weather so we could not enjoy the view but of course this is nothing the owner could change. We found them to be kind and very helpful - one light in our bathroom was not working and it was repaired immediately.
The room was functional and got everything we needed though you could see that is was a bit outdated.
Unfortunately I was allergic to the pillows, but again: no blaim to the owners on this.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

This motel was a bad choice for the money. The bedding was very poor, bed too soft and it gave impression of "not that clean".
The unit had an old TV etc. The real issue was price. $135 per night real worth under $100.
We had much better value in other places visited. Stunning motels at the same price. Including major cities.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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alkmaar,holland
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132 reviews
59 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Very nice motel to visit all the things in Fox Glacier.Close to the center for booking your glacier-tours,but also not far from Lake Matheson.Try to eat in Cafe Matheson;very nice situated and great food!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Half Moon Island
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

We stayed in this accommodation for one night. It is a quite standard motel, but well run and with reasonable prices considering that Fox and Franz Josef are quite expensive. The location is very convenient for visiting both Fox and Franz Josef glacier.
You should make sure to have dinner at the Lake Matheson café, which has really good food!

If you choose this accommodation and you want to use the free internet connection, you should know that this is not available in cottage 8 or 9, since those cottages are not in range for the wireless network. This was stated in their brochure (maybe they also tell you this when you do your reservation, not sure, we stayed in one of the other cottages, and the internet connection worked fine all the time).

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bedford, England
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70 reviews
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

We had no criticisms at all of this motel - it was a great place to stay for two nights. The best thing about it was its location - it's on Cook Flat Road, the side road leading to Lake Matheson, so you get no traffic noise, but at the same time it's only a hundred metres to the restaurants and activities on the main street of Fox Glacier. Several of the other motels on Cook Flat Road were much further away from the centre. We had room 6, a one-bedroomed unit at the back of the site, overlooking the lawns. It was spacious, well equipped and clean. Bonuses included free wireless internet, Sky TV with sports coverage, and a laundry we were pleased to make use of. We liked the owner Andy - very laid back but friendly and helpful, and working very hard on all the cleaning and maintenance of the motel and gardens. This motel has a good website which gives you a totally accurate picture.
We did the half day 'Fox Trot' on the glacier, highly recommended. We enjoyed a meal at the Plateau Restaurant on the main street. The walk round Lake Matheson was beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kefar Sava
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22 reviews
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Reviewed December 25, 2010

This motel fully met our expectations - roomy, clean and pleasant in appearance, good shower. We found that this motel is conveniently located within walking distance (less than 200 meters) from the Fox glacier attractions (guided and heli tours, restaurants), and we walked those to and fro from the motel. The owner was pleasant and helpful in finding us a lovely 30 min heli tour with generous time in the air, and including a landing high up, which we thought was lot of value for (alas a lot of) money. He also was quick in making the bookings for us. We did find the room balcony did not provide any privacy, especially since our room was loacted close to the street, If possible, one should ask for a room located more inside. All in all, for the purpose of exploring the Fox Glacier area and make a walk around Matheson Lake (a must - lovely views!) this motel is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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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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