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Rainforest Motel
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at the Rainforest Motel.

It has more of a "motor lodge" feel, than the garden look in the promotional pictures. But the backdrop of mountains is still beautiful.

Our two bedroom apartment was spacious with great soundproofing - the best night's sleep I have had with our one year old for a long, long time! A comfy portacot was provided as well as some much needed toys. The rooms were also neat as a pin.

The windows were all open when we arrived - which made it freezing inside (but with nice fresh air). However, with the heater running and the electric blankets we could warm it up quite quickly.

For such a family friendly place, it would be great to have a bath rather than just a shower. But we got by just fine.

And definitely go to the Lake Matheson Cafe while you are in town - an absolute must do for lunch or breakfast. One of the few places we got to have a meal in peace, while the toddler played with the big box of toys and ran around in the open air.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank ughboot
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Stayed here 2 nights in July 2011. Had a 2 bedroom suite, which we needed with 2 teenage girls. Very clean and spacious. Wonderful views of the mountains. I would recommend this motel as a great place to stay while at the glaciers. Free internet also a bonus, and not offeredin many hotels in NZ>

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank kazandy79
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

Hosts Andy & Kate were very friendly, offering advice on hikes in the area. We reserved a one-bedroom unit (#5), which is a corner unit with lots of windows, garden & mountain views. The unit was spacious and immaculate. Large kitchen and bathroom. Living room had TV, sofa, and table & chairs. Separate bedroom with queen bed, electric bed pad, extra blankets & pillows. There is parking right outside each unit and convenient, inexpensive laundry facilities on premises. AND – FREE Internet!

There’s not much to the quaint town of Fox Glacier – a few small cafes and a store, all within walking distance from the motel. Andy will even lend you an umbrella if it’s raining. The hikes in the area are beautiful!. Ask Andy for details; he’ll tell you the best ones!

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hawaii-Cowgirl
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

A drive of about 4 hours took us from Wanaka to Fox Glacier and the Rainforest Motel. I had chosen this because it was in a quiet location and also because of good Trip Advisor reviews; sadly this time we were disappointed.

At first glance the place was well kept with beautiful grounds and also in a pleasant location. Our studio was one of the first block (closest to the road) and on later wandering around the site we felt that any other situation within Rainforest would have been preferable. The studios are not very private and the windows could do with having net curtains, however, this did mean that we could take a glancing look at the furnishings of most of them and we saw that our studio block was the only one that did not have comfortable armchair or sofa style seating, so maybe other things about those studios was also better.

Our studio was very basic, the curtains were coming off the runners, there was only one bedside table and lamp, and the shade on this lamp was broken and falling off its wires. As previously mentioned there was no privacy when inside the studio so we had to close the curtains for much of the time. Also when we were there the days were gloriously warm but the nights were cold and this meant that the large windows were completely covered with condensation in the morning; so the addition of double glazing would be a huge bonus.

Like many similar establishments a good continental breakfast was brought to the room, either morning or evening.

However, our stay here was not all bad! We had 2 nights and slept well. We also enjoyed the area greatly and visited both the glacier and Lake Matteson and also found our way down a long dirt road to Gillespie Beach. For me this was probably the highlight of the Fox Glacier stay! The beach is wild, remote and full of dead driftwood trees, there is also the remains of a gold mine dredge and an evocative gold miners graveyard.

Both nights we ate at the Lake Matteson Cafe; the food was excellent and the views superb.

I really hate to give a bad review because the owners were so friendly but hopefully they will read this and think about doing some updating of the studios.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank bethi
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

Our stay and experience at the Rainforest Motel was not as good as some of the positive reviews. The room is dated and tired looking. The toilet had this bad and musty smell which I hated. However, it is near the main roads so walking to the shops and restaurant was a breeze. Parking space was ample and there is even a car washing bay provided which was useful.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Suliani
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