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Lake Matheson Motel
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We picked up our Toyota Yaris rental from the Hertz offices in Queenstown to begin another of those long road journeys that are ubiquitous to South Island. You have to make these "hard yards" if you wish to fully engaged with this beautiful island, as everywhere seems at least a half a day away. Our destination was this simple, good value accommodation in Fox Glacier on the west coast. Eschewing the longer easier route, we climbed steeply out of Queenstown on the route which takes you over the Crown Ranges, pausing briefly to take in the wonderful last views of Queenstown, The Kelvin Hills, Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Driving down through the Cardrona Valley, we passed by the former gold mining sites until we approached the small town of Wanaka, nestling alongside its sublime and tranquil lake. Pushing on past Lake Hawea we entered the extraordinary Haast Pass which was only completed some 80 years ago, allowing access to the western shores. Its bridges, passes and precipitous roads are a testimony to the sheer endeavour of New Zealands construction engineers, and we breathed a sigh of relief to finally reach the tiny Haast settlement. Pausing only to sample the locally caught blue cod, we continued up and along the coast running into Fox as early evening approached. Taking a quick right we ran up to the car-park below the Glacier, and we were concerned to see how much of the glacier has retreated up the valley back to the foothills of the imposing Mt. Cook. After a 30 minutes walk up towards the glacier, we wisely stopped and retreated back as darkness fell. On our way back down, we were delighted to see our first Kea as its wobbled, yes wobbled its way back up the alpine valley. Showing no alarm, it paused to cock its head to one side as it passed by. Shortly after, we were at the Motel where we were well served by its most friendly and helpful owner, Heather, who helped us find a place to eat, and on the following morning urged that we take breakfast at the local beauty spot, Lake Matheson, before continuing our journey north to Hokitika.

Room Tip: Our simple room was clean and well-furnished
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Thank you Heather and Mike! You were wonderful hosts and we absolutely love staying here. This is our second time at Lake Matheson Motel and it is superb. Newly renovated rooms and immaculate inside. ALso undercover parking right in front of your room and 5 min walk to Fox Glacier Town.

Thanks for the tips guys and allowing us to check out late so we could come back and have a shower and pack our car after our glacier hike.

One thing to note is that you do need to drive a short distance to get to Lake Matheson, wasn't a problem though for us :-)

Scott and Tash

Room Tip: All of the rooms are GREAT!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed here at the end of June, start of July. What a fab place. Mike and heather who run the motel were extremely accommodating. They brought us up to the glazier and dropped us to get the bus when we were leaving. They couldn't have been more friendly and helpful during our stay. The rooms were warm spacious and spotless. Fox town was only a short walk. The perfect place to stay!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

This was probably the most affordable place we'd booked on our South Island trip and also one of my favourites. The room was a good size, clean and comfortable, and heated up easily, so it was very cosy to come back to after traipsing around the Glacier during the day. The site is also well located.

There was 50mb free internet per night which was useful - more could have been nice but considering other places don't provide any free wifi it was more than acceptable.

The lady at reception (whose name I've unfortunately forgotten) was extremely helpful - we told her about our plans which had been slightly derailed due to the Milford Road closure and she suggested Doubtful Sound and gaves us some informative brochures about the tours. She also gave us plenty of info about the walks around the area, about the township and where to eat and even some free postcards!

Overall I was very happy with this place and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Very helpful and nice staff. She provided us very helpful information about the place and restaurant. The room and the bathroom is very nice decorated, clean, new, comfortable and warm. When we arrived it was very cool but the room was so warm. She changed the sofabed to bed for us and gave us one more electric blanket. Highly recommend.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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RobHalsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2013

Hi there ladies! It was lovely to meet you. I'm really thrilled you enjoyed staying here with us and glad you were warm and cosy!! I hope you went onto to have a great NZ experience.
Kindest, Debbie
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed there for 1 night.

Myra at the reception was very nice and helpful, answered all of our questions and even printed us some options for Doubtful Sound cruises in a relatively late hour.

The room itself was very nice and clean. The heating device was so strong, that we barely needed blankets (to dispel any doubt - it was very positive,as we stayed in a cold & rainy day). The shower was newly renovated, and also the room itself was in a very good condition and well designed.

Another plus is that we parked our car just outside our room's door, so it was very accessible and we did not get wet trying to reach it during the endless rain.

All in all, great value for money and we would love to come again (preferably in a nicer weather...).

Room Tip: The above mentioned review relates to room #2 (just near the office)
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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RobHalsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2013

Extremely pleased you enjoyed you stay! I really enjoyed meeting you both. I hope you went onto have a great trip on the Doubtful Sound - I was quite jealous when I was printing of those information sheets!! Have to put it on my to do list :)
I hope you went on to have a fantastic holiday. All the best and thanks for taking time to place your review. Debbie :)

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Reviewed 17 May 2013

i arrived late to the motel and they thoughtfully left out my key a map of where my room was, a internet code a welcome letter...personalised to me. and a map of the local amenities. its that extra few things that make all the difference thank you

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Lake Matheson Motel

Address: Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range: £81 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Matheson Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Matheson Motel is ideally located 400 metres from the town centre of Fox Glacier. While we have been proudly named after beautiful Lake Matheson for our 22 years in business, we are definitely a town based motel; while we are not on the edge of the Lake, we are only a ten drive away and the same for the Glacier. Our motto is 'simply nice'. This means we provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodation and focus on giving you good quality basics such as quality Sleepyhead beds, cotton linen, good showers, televisions and utensils. We have a 4 star grade with Qualmark. So come and enjoy our studio and 2 bedroom units, with mountain views, in a peaceful location. We have WIFI,undercover parking for all units, some spa units, King and Queen bed units, continental breakfasts, a portable BBQ and a Guest Laundry for your convenience. We hope to welcome you to Fox Glacier soon. Heather and Mike, Motel Managers. ... more   less 
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