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Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive 45 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7859 New Zealand
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A note from Lake Matheson Motel
Updated 19/02/21


#1 of 10 in Fox Glacier
Lake Matheson Motel is a 4 star rated accommodation, ideally located 400 metres from the town centre of Fox Glacier. While we have been proudly named after beautiful Lake Matheson, we are definitely a town based motel; while we are not on the edge of the Lake, we are only a ten minute 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 with cotton linen and great showers. AND we haven't been sitting around doing nothing during the Covid Lockdown! We have been busy renovating our front studio units with new carpets, beds, wallpaper and paint! We would love to host you in our variety of studio and 2 bedroom units, with mountain views, in a peaceful location. We provide unlimited 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. Debbie and Andrew :)
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Washing machine
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Blackout curtains
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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CocoaNZ wrote a review 27 Jun
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at the Lake Matheson Motel. Debbie was very very helpful when we booked and welcomed us warmly when we arrived. The unit was clean and tidy, well equipped for our stay. We didn't want to leave our bags in the car when we went on the heli-hike, they kindly kept our bags until our return. All in all, a very enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled
Mary366 wrote a review Feb 2022
New Plymouth, New Zealand88 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed one night at the Lake Matheson Motel as part of a road trip down the coast. The unit was clean and comfortable and the bathroom was well appointed. The kitchenette area was a little small as it was a bit cramped to do any cooking but it was sufficient. The beds were comfortable. There is a handy carport right outside the door which was great for the day we left when it poured down. This meant you didn't get too wet packing the car.
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Date of stay: February 2022
PebbleNZ wrote a review Oct 2021
Wellington, New Zealand106 contributions48 helpful votes
Great place to stay just off SH6 - about 5 minutes walk from there. And only a couple of minutes from Betsy Jane restaurant (which is a must). Debbie was really friendly & we stayed in one of the renovated front studios. Clean & comfortable. The SmartTV with access to Netflix & more was a bonus. This was exceptional value for money & was good to break up a West Coast tour with two nights here. Close drive to Lake Matheson & a great walk.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
jeanjeannie123 wrote a review Oct 2021
Arrowtown, New Zealand21 contributions3 helpful votes
Thank you so much for your fantastic hospitality Debbie. Our family appreciated the late arrival check-in and warm hospitality you gave us. Would highly recommend for a comfortable, warm, quiet, clean stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Shannan K wrote a review Jun 2021
12 contributions
Modern rooms with large bed, clean, well stocked small kitchenette, well heated. Wonderful welcome when we stopped without a booking. Shower pressure was amazing. Betsey Jane was recommended just down the road for dinner, which was delicious.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled
Response from Robert Halsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel
Responded 30 Jun 2021
Thank you Shannon! And thank you very much for staying. All the best Rob :)
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FellowTraveler272190 wrote a review Jun 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I arrived and was warmly greeted and shown to my room. Debbie and Rob the hosts have been busy and updated every room with 40 inch full smart tv's. Was great as raining so I could watch Netflix. Undercover parking was a real plus. The shower had great pressure and was super hot exactly what I needed after a long drive. Well worth staying here as value for money and not on the main highway. Close to a new restaurant which served a great burger.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled
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MoseyAround wrote a review May 2021
Made in NZ93 contributions14 helpful votes
Owners gave us a free upgrade just cos they could. We didn't really need the larger unit, but it was nice. Decor is stylee and comfy. Shower was awesome. Good spot to stay, plus it's near a really nice restaurant just a few paces along the street. Walking distance to all amenities in the village, and a short drive to Lake Matheson, and the Tasman Glacier viewing area at further down the road (take your binoculars).
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Date of stay: March 2021
Response from Robert Halsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel
Responded 30 Jun 2021
Thank you for your great review MoseyAround! And thanks very much for choosing to stay with us. All the best Rob :)(
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winegirl2 wrote a review Apr 2021
Nelson, New Zealand208 contributions86 helpful votes
I had booked a King bed spa studio, but once arrived, asked if a larger two bedroom was available - which it was, and the owner kindly moved us for not much more money :). She was very helpful, also guiding us to a new restaurant just a quick walk away. The unit was spacious, clean and very comfortable. Great to have space to spread out and regroup (we were on a 3 week trip), as well as have our parking spot right outside for quick access. Beds were super comfie,shower strong and hot, and while they were busy (almost all units occupied), it was very quiet. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Robert Halsey, Owner at Lake Matheson Motel
Responded 30 Jun 2021
It was a pleasure to host you winegirl2! Thank you taking the time to write your review and thanks for staying All the best Rob :)
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Bmiz wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand164 contributions52 helpful votes
Very nice comfortable motel with friendly service. Shower is hot, room warm, bed very comfortable, short walk to town. Lovely spot to stay with at least 4 restaurants to eat, lots of walks and recommend the helicopter glacier walk. Could easily spend 5 nights here, and recommend at least 2-3. Come visit now before the international tourists return which I am sure they will do in droves...
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: every room was quiet and looked good - so no problems with any
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DudleyandFreda wrote a review Apr 2021
Napier, New Zealand127 contributions19 helpful votes
Excellent value. Was very clean and tidy and nicely furnished and feel it was one of the better value for money motels we stayed in on our trip and we loved the carport considering the West Coast rain! The cotton sheets and large towels were also a nice touch. We would highly recommend this motel! Just some advise, if you wish to self cater shop before arriving at Fox, there is only a small convince store that is very limited.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled
US$76 - US$96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Matheson Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Lake Matheson Motel?
Nearby attractions include Lake Matheson Walk (3.9 km), Fox Glacier Hiking Trails (0.4 km), and Fox Glacier South Side Walk (1.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lake Matheson Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Lake Matheson Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Lake Matheson Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Lake Matheson Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lake Matheson Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Matheson Cafe, The Last Kitchen, and Betsey Jane Eatery & Bar.
Is Lake Matheson Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Fox Glacier.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lake Matheson Motel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Lake Matheson Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting River Walk (1.4 km).
Does Lake Matheson Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Lake Matheson Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.