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Lake Matheson Motel

Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive 45 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7859 New Zealand
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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Hiking
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Clothes dryer
Parking
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Housekeeping
Seating area
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English
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Anne C wrote a review Feb 2024
Robina, Australia100 contributions81 helpful votes
Comfortable, clean, welcoming motel. Couldn’t have asked for anything better considering we hadn’t booked accommodation and it was peek season. Ability to cook. Has heating if required. Nice and quiet. Very friendly, helpful and professional manager and staff.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Rebecca wrote a review Jan 2024
Adelaide, Australia1767 contributions256 helpful votes
The fact that they advertise Wi-Fi on booking dot com and on their site angers me- I can see other reviews here telling me it’s been an ongoing issue for months. It does not work. They should tell us before we have to pay! The amenities were all there but for example the shampoo, conditioner and soap were all in one unlabeled dispenser, freezer compartments don’t freeze overnight.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AID wrote a review Oct 2023
Singapore, Singapore60 contributions15 helpful votes
I stayed here for two nights as part of our South Island roar trip. I stayed with my family (wife and 2 boys, ages 9 and 12). Overall, I found the stay to be quite comfortable and enjoyable. The property was clean and well-maintained. It’s located within walking distance of several restaurants and the main glacier hiking operator. My particular unit was a 2 bedroom apartment. We found the unit to be fairly spacious and had all the required amenities. Specially shout out to the very pretty and sociable resident cat - Mocha! Overall, this is an easy recommendation!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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paulmV2032YO wrote a review Jul 2023
New Zealand8 contributions
Comfortable and quiet, it's our go-to motel during stops on frequent long trips up and down the West Coast. The service is friendly and prompt, and it's only a short walk to cafés and restaurants. No complaints.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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C S wrote a review Jul 2023
Wellington, New Zealand38 contributions1 helpful vote
The host was welcoming and provided us with helpful information pertaining to local walks, restaurants, etc. The room was of a good size with nice, clean furniture. The King Sized bed was comfortable and there were extra pillows and blankets if needed. A super-efficient heater was a bonus. Plenty of hot water and good pressure. The only (very small) negative was the room slept three people but there was only cutlery for two people - thankfully we didn't have a third person! Excellent covered parking right outside the unit. All in all, we recommend this motel, and would definitely stay here again if in the area. It is just off the main road, so nice and quiet with friendly hosts and easy walking to the local restaurants and the main road for grocery items. (PS - Highly recommend Betsey Jane for dinner - just a few doors down from this motel)
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sandra K wrote a review May 2023
Berry, Australia50 contributions19 helpful votes
Very clean room and a great comfortable bed. The host was friendly & happy to give recommendations for a dinner venue. There is undercover parking and brilliant views from the grounds. Walking distance to restaurants.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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aspark568556 wrote a review May 2023
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
My gauge for recommending all accommodation is the comfort of the bed, cleanliness and the friendly owners/staff. Lake Matheson Motel had it all and some, great food in the evening in walking distance.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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mfarri788088 wrote a review Apr 2023
Fort Mill, South Carolina1 contribution
Positive was location and room was nice and clean. My negatives, limited kitchen utensils (two spoons, two knives, two forks) , oversized seating chairs that were too close to the bed and had to move to get to the closet. The dining table was oversized for the room for two people. Dirty pan I had to scrub before using. Then had to scrape the ice build up in the freezer compartment as I need to freeze something, and only two hangers. Granted there are only two of us in the room, but had coats and vests to hang.
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Roam826000 wrote a review Apr 2023
Wilrijk, Belgium1 contribution
well-kept rooms with clean shower. more than enough blankets Possibility to prepare light meals very close to the highway to Mirror lake ( Lake Mathesson) good parking facilities Close to restaurants
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jfergu346458 wrote a review Apr 2023
Nelson, New Zealand1 contribution
Great staff made for an easy, friendly check in. The facilities were great too. The room was warm and the beds were comfortable. The motel was close to a lovely restaurant (Betsy Jane) and we enjoyed the meal there
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
$210 - $321 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
lake matheson hotel fox glacier, lake matheson fox glacier
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFox Glacier
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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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, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee 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.