NZ accommodation #4: Lake Matheson Motel @ Fox Glacier, South NZ

When we arrived in Fox Glacier, it was almost 7pm. Weather was good for the whole day, sunny and warm, and it was not sunset yet when we checked in Lake Matheson Motel. By the way, do not be misleaded by the motel name. Lake Matheson Motel is 4km away from Lake Matheson, but just 400m away from Fox Glacier township. During check-in, we asked the receptionist if we could make it to Lake Matheson before the sunset, they told us we will be just in time. So we rushed to lake Matheson. It is best to visit Lake Matheson at dawn or at dusk when the lake is very calm.

Therefore we only managed to capture the motel building the next morning.

Our studio with a queen size bed and a two seater sofa

overview of the studio unit, kitchen is at the far end.

My only complaint would be the shower curtain was not able to keep just the shower area wet. Personally, I prefer a toilet with wet and dry areas.

the basin

Our plan of having dinner at one of the Fox Glacier's restaurant was spoilt because we came back from Lake Matheson too late. At 10pm, few restaurants that we tried had stopped taking order. We were so tired that we decided that we just need a shower and a bowl of hot noodles.

Most hotel or motel will provide some hot drink packets. I found that they usually give one packet of coffee and one packet of chocolate.

Next morning, before we went for the anticipated helihike, we made french toast. Simple breakfast but it was so delicious with NZ's butter and eggs. For drink, we had hot coffee, hot chocolate, Charlie orange juice and fresh milk.

The studio rate was NZ$135, considered reasonable in Fox Glacier. The room was actually quite good though we spent very little time in it.

Lake Matheson Motel
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