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Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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“Good quality accomadation at reasonable price for location”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Checked in was given a good brief on the area restaurants and things to do. Also got an upgrade to a King room as the motel was not fully booked. The bed/living area was a good size and spotless - very impressed. Kitchen area with a Microwave, toaster and fridge. The town is quite small with a few shops, restaurants and a petrol station. The main attraction her is activities, glacier flights, glacier walks, skydiving etc

Room Tip: Beware of high petrol prices here. Basically due to isolated location from Haast to Greymouth petro...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Good modern motel with all the normal facilities and comfortable bed. Close to the main road but very little road noise due to road being closed at night because of landslip on Haast pass road.

Manager recommended Lake Matheson cafe to us for dinner and also suggested driving along the glacier view road since my wife is a wheelchair user – unfortunately rain was so heavy nothing was visible but we did get a good view of Glacier from road near Lake Matheson during a brief break in the clouds.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014

A clean, modern, fit-for-purpose comfortable motel with good facilities right in the centre of Fox Glacier Village. The owners are really helpful, I left my camera behind on Christmas Eve and they got it to me in Wanaka, free of charge by Boxing Day (Brilliant service, Thank You). The staff were friendly and knowledgeable of the area.The Last Kitchen next door provides a great dinner after your day of walking around on the glacier. The kitchenette was well equipped, the shower strong and hot.

Would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Very comfortable motel with good facilities right in the centre of Fox Glacire Village. The owners are really helpful, friendly and knowledgable of the mountains and area.
Unfortunately it was the only time on our whole trip that the weather let us down, it never stopped raining so we didin't really see much of the glacier or surrounding area.
The restaurant recommenations were very good and so were the ideas on what to do in the rain.
Would recommend staying here.

Room Tip: The motel is on 2 floors with no lift so if thats a problem ask for a ground floor room
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We stayed here for two nights while we visited Fox Glacier and would definitely look for another hotel if we came through again. The room was very small and $70 a night more expensive than any other hotel we stayed in while we have been in New Zealand. It is advertised as free Internet but you only get a certain amount and only two people are allowed to use it, so the were three of us so had to pay for more Internet. No little extras such as shampoo, tissues and such, just a very basic small room.

Room Tip: Try somewhere else, but definitely go for the walk on the glacier, it is a must.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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bvfox, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
As the owners of this business we were very disappointed to receive this negative review. Our aim is to have every guest leave satisfied.
In response we would like to point out that the Glacier Region in New Zealand has higher tariffs than other parts of New Zealand due to it's isolated location and high cost involved with running an accommodation business in this region. Our pricing is very competitive with other similar types of accommodation in this region.
Furthermore all guests are given a complimentary wifi code which has 400mb available. Unfortunately at the time you stayed our system only recognised 2 devices, but this has since been upgraded to recognise 4 devices.
All units have a combination body wash/shampoo dispenser in the shower cabinets and "purse pack" tissues are also complimentary. If there were none in your room we apologise. Had you asked housekeeping this minor problem would have been sorted immediately.
We trust you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

A clean, modern, fit-for-purpose motel at the edge of Fox Glacier village. The path to Fox Glacier starts right next to the motel, where you can see many glow worms at night. The Last Kitchen next door provides a great dinner after your day of walking around and on the glacier. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Kitchenette well equipped. Shower strong and hot. King-sized bed comfortable.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Had to laugh at some of these reviews. We stayed in 20 odd motels on our 4 week tour of New Zealand. Bella Vista Fox Glacier rates up there. Everything clean and modern. The front desk staff were helpful and and ensured we had all the necessary information to enjoy our stay in a stunning part of New Zealand. The free wifi was an added bonus as was the free use of the motel hot tub. Would not hesitate in recommending this motel to others.

Room Tip: Ask about the Glow Worm walk next to the motel. Absolutely stunning experience in the dark. Recept...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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