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“A peaceful gem off the main road”
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High Peaks Hotel
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Bethesda
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5 reviews
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“A peaceful gem off the main road”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

We were pretty tired after driving to Fox Glacier from Wanaka. High Peaks is off the main highway, but worth the extra few blocks. It is very peaceful, with spacious, clean, and quiet rooms. The hostess was extremely helpful about filling our needs (like ice for our "chilly bin"). She also had great advice about weather conditions at the glacier and other nearby attractions.
High Peaks proved a very welcoming rest stop for the weary travelers on the road. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We selected this destination based on positive reviews here and their 'promised' amazing views. I must say that we were unfortunately rather disappointed with the views. Quite some distance from the Glacier. Despite emailing in advance about a room with a view - our view was of the neighbours driveway and undercover parking. Although we didn't eat there I believe the restaurant would have a 'nice' view but certainly not one that matches all the reviews.

View aside, the room itself was clean and served the purpose. The bed was comfortable. The hosts were friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

This must be one of the best location from which to see Mount Cook in the morning. The motel is sufficiently outside of Fox Glacier town that it is very peaceful but is still with a couple of minutes drive. Marlene and Alan are perfect hosts and are a wealth of knowledge on the local area. The motel is very well designed and the rooms are spacious.

Wifi - free and fairly fast
Cell phone signal is fine
Parking directly outside of motel unit
Large bedroom / sitting area ... very comfortable
Large bathroom with shower / no bath
Small kitchen unit
Modern newish and well designed
Great hosts
Milk in small cartons - not fresh milk
There is a restaurant on site but is only open to guests on request ... Marlene does a great wild venison hotpot and will provide a good breakfast on request
Small cooler - no freezer compartment - hosts will cool / freeze larger items for you

Room Tip: Some look out towards Mt Cook but the best views are from the deck near the restaurant. Our party ha...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We stayed here one night and found the room to be quite nice. Comfortable bed, clean room and a great shower. Woke up refreshed and ready for our glacier hike! Our host was very pleasant. We did do breakfast at the restaurant but went into town for dinner.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

A motel, with parking right outside the door of your individual 'motel room', it is quite new, modern and clean as a whistle. The hosts, Marlene and Alan, are friendly and helpful. The integral bar-restaurant is modest but provides a good breakfast and a surprisingly good dinner. We had a group function there, with drinks before and dinner afterwards, and they did an excellent job. Little 'atmosphere' or 'character', but a perfectly adequate overnight stay.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Large rooms with very comfortable beds. A fridge in the studio would be nice but the owners make fridge space available when needed. Marverlous shower. All facilities superbly clean. Pretty good restuarant, with a french chef running the kitchen. Good bar/lounge. Extremely friendly owners are very helpful with advice for local visits. Marvelous views on the mountain range behind the hotel. Close by picture-perfect Lake Matheson (go early !).

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Studio room with a king size bed. All quite new and clean but not felt that it was too expensive for what you get.
No fridge - just a cooler. Rear projection small TV that is too high on the wall. Basic bathroom. Very plain inside the room with basic furniture and nothing much on the walls - very boring. Access was through reception so everything had to go throuigh that way from the car - luckily we were one of only a few staying that night. It has a restaurant and bar but it wasn't open to just have a casual drink. The owner said she would cook us dinner from the menu but it wasn't worth opening the restaurant. Its about 1.5 kms from town as well - no big deal but just a bit further than ideal if you wanted to walk to town for a meal 9especially with the restaurant closed).

Nothing really wrong with the place but at $175.00 a night I was expecting better quality everthing.

Kevin and Wendy Bryant
Wellington NZ.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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alanchant, Owner at High Peaks Hotel, responded to this review, 10 March 2013
Because tourism in the the Glacier region is very seasonal, rates need to be at the higher end of the scale to make our businesses viable. The rates at High Peaks are very competitve compared to similar accommodation in the area.
I must disagree with your comment that the furniture is basic. I built the place and only top quality fittings etc were used.
I did observe the amount of alcohol and food that you had with you so I can with some certainty presume that you have not done your homework and found that High Peaks was not the type of accommodation you required. Hence your disappointment.
Our restaurant is available every evening for our own guests. The only request we make is that you give us a little notice so we can be prepared.The bar was open from 5.30 till at least 11 pm for anyone to enjoy a drink. ( I am the barman )
We are sorry you were disappointed but there are horses for courses and the great majority of our guests are very happy.
Alan Chant
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Property: High Peaks Hotel
Address: 167 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly High Peaks Motor Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — High Peaks Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High Peaks is a modern hotel offering comfortable, relaxed accommodation in Fox Glacier, on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Set in a quiet, rural location, High Peaks provides you an ideal setting to enjoy some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The hotel is perfectly located as a base to explore the West Coast's glacier country and Lake Matheson, one of our local icons is only a hop skip and jump away. ... more   less 
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