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Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Bangalore
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54 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable stay for a night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

This trip was a part of our 17 day honeymoon to NZ. We stayed at Bella Vista Motel chains at few other places too.

Particularly wrt this Bella Vista motel - Fox Glacier, the positives are : - it is centrally located. and hosts are great! They allowed to me to use their kitchen to heat our food and cook alike. The rooms are pretty clean.

The downside is the rooms are too small in size, the amount is higher for the room size and hosts are not too aware of the location (also may be because they were also 3 weeks new as hosts there)

I would surely recommend this place for a nice comfy stay.

Room Tip: Vist Lake Matheseon at evening sunset time and a hotel near by to the lake.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

Excellent customer service , clean and spacious room.

Room Tip: Take ground floor , chair and table outside the room for smokers.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

Had a great stay at Bella Vista, Fox Glacier. I have stayed at other Bella Vista Motels and this is by far the best run. Owners were very friendly and helpful, motel was clean and well layed out. Top marks!
H Russell

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

We spent 3 nights here (7 - 10 May) and couldn't fault the motel. I had done a fair bit of research before deciding on Bella Vista based on (for us) the best combination of price, location, amenities and Tripadvisor feedback. We were travelling by bus so being just across the road from the bus stop was great (though Intercity do drop people at accommodation in Franz Joseph and Fox). It was a short walk to cafes, general store etc and we ate each night at Cook Saddle which was warm and friendly with good food.
When we arrived we had a warm greeting from Bill and Jill and were given lots of hints on things to do. We had a superior studio on the ground floor which was perfect for us and still a very reasonable price (especially compared with Australia!) and had a very comfortable bed and nice bathroom and good lighting as well as cooking facilities. There was no traffic noise and very little audible from upstairs or other units.
We had wanted to do a helicopter flight over the glaciers, but unfortunately the day we arrived rain was forecast for the next few days and they were not flying on our first day. We also wanted to go to Lake Matheson to see the famous reflection of Mt Cook, and as the shuttle driver was away that day Bill kindly drove us himself (detouring on the way to show us a great view of Fox Glacier) and picked us up later - the walk around the lake was pleasant and the reflection while not the best due to cloud over Mt Cook was still pretty. In the afternoon we had booked a glacier walk but cancelled it due to the heavy drizzle.
Bill rang us the next morning to say that the helicopters were flying (miraculously the day was clear!) and organised a flight for us at 10am. It was superb - don't miss it! Later as we wanted to see the glacier from the ground Bill drove us there (again showing us extra views on the way) and picked us up later.
We got a 100Mb 48 hr internet access code (which seems pretty standard in NZ) but had no problems getting additional ones when used up (uploading photos to my blog uses it quickly!). The restriction of 2 devices can be a nuisance if you have a pc and iphone each but not a major issue.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend Bella Vista Fox Glacier.

Room Tip: The ground floor superior studio rooms are large with everything you need and very quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

We enjoyed staying at the Bella Vista Motel in Fox Glacier very much. The room was great and the hosts were very friendly and helpfull with tipps on activities, places to see and places to eat. The location is perfect, right on Highway 6 and close to the general store and a nice restaurant, but there is hardly any traffic at night.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Middlesex, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

We stayed at Bella Vista Motel in Fox Glacier for 3-nights in April during a tour of New Zealand. We had booked a family room on the internet a number of months in advance of our visit. On arrival we were allocated room 24 on the first floor on a separate block and were given a carton of fresh milk which is a nice touch.

We had booked a family room for the additional space as we were having to pack for a flight after a number of weeks travelling around New Zealand. The family suite was indeed spacious with a kingsize bed in the main area with kitchenette and table with a separate twin bedded room and one bathroom with both a shower and jacuzzi style bath.

The kitchen was very well equipped for a small amount of self-catering with microwave, twin ceramic hob, toaster and kettle and all the cutlery and china needed. The shower was fairly powerful and had plenty of hot water. Other TA reviews mentioned problems with noise from neighbouring rooms - we found the apartment very quiet although it was one of the larger ones on a corner which may have helped. Suite 24 faces onto the main road into Fox Glacier but it is very quiet at night and we were not disturbed at all. It was a bit surprising to be given instructions on how to use the bed (to sleep between the sheets and not on the top cover) but I am guessing there could have been problems in the past.

There is a guest laundry on site which we used and it is reasonably priced and works well - valuable when you have been travelling for some time.

Free internet access is advertised on the signs outside the motel and on check in guests are given a voucher for 100Megabytes/48 hour access (whichever is reached first). However, the connection is not good at all and only improved a little bit when I used my cable. It was so slow that I sometimes had to wait for a few minutes for a page to load. This is made worse by the fact that once the 100Mb/48-hours has been reached, there is a $10 charge for another 100Mb/48-hours at the same very slow speed.

One of the most noticeable aspects of the rooms is the poor quality of lighting. Nothing seemed to be well lit and yet again I had to resort to a head torch to write postcards and read! This had not been my first choice of accommodation in Fox Glacier but as most places were fully booked a long way in advance as it was the Easter weekend we chose Bella Vista. I would say the accommodation was adequate for our needs but not anything special.

As an aside, there are limited dining options in Fox Glacier should you decide not to self cater (and only a small convenience store for supplies). However we ate a number of times at the Cooks Saddle. It has a great atmosphere and although only a fairly limited menu, the food is very good and cooked to perfection (Porterhouse steak!).

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

It is located in town on highway 6 but there was virtually no traffic after sunset. It was quiet. There were no insect screens and it was a warm night. A few mozzies joined us in the room before sunrise. Our room was a 'compact studio', and it certainly was compact. The comfortable double bed took up most of the room leaving it a struggle to find somewhere to place both our luggage. Maybe ourselves or our travel agent should have known better.
We like Bella Vista in NZ because they are predicable (no shocks when you walk into your room), and usually at a good standard. We would rate them 8/10, but this one scores only 7/10.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Address: 55 Main Road | Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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Newest accommodation complex in Fox Glacier. Superior accommodation in the heart of the Village. Stroll to restaurants and cafes. ... more   less 
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