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Lake Matheson Motel
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Lake Matheson Motel was one of the most comfortable places we stayed during our visit to New Zealand's South Island. The room was nicely made-up when we arrived and a large heater was provided to help ease the damp and cold. The covered parking was extremely helpful due to the constant rain during our visit. This is a great choice for Fox Glacier Village and provides convenient driving access to Lake Matheson itself.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed here so that we could experience the fox glacier. It is the first motel we have ever stayed in, and it was better than most of the hotels we had stayed in while travelling around New Zealand.
It had everything we needed, as well as being clean, spacious and well decorated.
The couple who run the motel are also really lovely. They were so helpful, suggesting restaurants, things to do etc.
We loved our stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

On our arrival thanks to the proprietors who very kindly helped us with an incident on our Harley motorbike .fabulous location ,we were given great advice on local attractions.lovely comfortable rooms great parking . We're given an invite to join them at their barbecue which we thought was very kind .made us feel extremely welcome .ian and Nicky uk

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night, rooms are basic but very clean. Had a small kitchen with hot plates that was handy. Set up like a traditional motel, nothing fancy but does the job fine. Looks like it has been renovated recently. Really nice owners who offered to look after our luggage while we did the copeland track. Highly recommend, good value

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

What a delightful place. We were booked in as part of a small group so we didn't select this motel. We were so pleased, however, and wished we were staying for more than one night.

Set up as an efficiency, there was everything you could want to make a snack or even a meal. The bed was really comfortable, lovely linens too. There was a TOWEL WARMER in the bath (I am still tickled about that) and a loveseat in the sitting area for TV watching. The shower had a fabulous stainless steel floor and was spotless. The linoleum floor in the rest of the bath was super clean.

A great value for the money - light and bright and cozy. Have your breakfast nearby at the Lake Matheson Cafe - best breakfast in town. First, hike around the lake and get fabulous photos before the clouds move in.

Room Tip: From what I could see, the rooms were all the same - lovely king beds with plenty of air circulation...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Spent 2 nights there when we were travelling through the South Island. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment, the place was well kept and up to a high standard. Very close to the town and easy walking distance.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This motel is set about 300m back from the main road. It's a peaceful location but still close enough to the centre of the Fox Glacier township that it's not a hassle to walk to the shop, restaurants and glacier guides.

There were four of us staying in a two-room unit. It was excellent and we would happily stay here again.

The helpful owners recommended we visit a spot with a lovely view right up the glacier, which was well worth the slight detour.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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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: £75 - £177 (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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