Comfortable Getaway Suite with a Kitchenette in Fox Glacier, New ZealandFox Glacier, South Island (New Zealand)
Comfortable Getaway Suite with a Kitchenette in Fox Glacier, New Zealand
The kitchenette comes with an electric frying pan, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, cooking utensils, and tea and coffee supplies. Other amenities include an electric blanket, heating, free Wi-Fi, an alarm clock, and a hairdryer. Linens and towels are provided. Outside, guests will find a deck, along with an on-site laundromat, an outdoor picnic space, a garden, barbecue grills, free parking, and on-site bicycle rentals.
- Twin/Single bed
- Cooking basics
- Tea kettle
- Shared Barbecue
- Laundry service
- Bicycle rental
Location + Surroundings
The well-situated location of this site can hardly be exaggerated either. To begin with, it is directly on the edge of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, which contains 454 square miles of pristine forests, glaciers, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands, beaches, and snow-capped mountains. It is also filled with a wide-range of flora and fauna, including the rarest species of the already rare kiwi bird—the rowi—of which the only surviving natural population in the world can be found in Ōkarito Forest. The park abounds with opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, mountain climbing, hunting, kayaking, and canoeing.
The site is also located only six minutes from Lake Matheson—a photographer's dream come true, as the dark waters of the lake stunningly reflect the grandeur Mount Cook and Mount Tasman (the highest peaks in New Zealand) with almost mirror-like clarity. Here, guests will find a walking trail that will take them through a forest filled with majestic kahikatea and rimu trees, as it winds its way to spectacular views of the lake from the Jetty Viewpoint.
While New Zealand's Glacier Country as a whole is a remote area, consisting mostly of wilderness, the site is just minutes from a variety of shops and restaurants in the township of Fox Glacier. It is also only half an hour from two other main attractions in the region: Franz Josef Glacier and Gillespie Beach, where guests will find not just a beautifully rugged coastline, but also a swimmable lagoon, walking paths, a historic cemetery, and interesting relics of the area's gold mining past. Here, guests will also find a path that leads to Galway Beach, where, in the winter, they can encounter a colony of seals!
Last but certainly not least, there is the main attraction: the world-famous Fox Glacier itself. Falling 8,500 feet in the course of its eight-mile voyage from the slopes of the Southern Alps, the glacier is truly a natural wonder—and an easy to experience one to boot, for it is among the most accessible glaciers on the planet. Guests can explore it in a variety of ways, details of which can be found in the Activities section.
The site is about two hours from Hokitika (where the nearest airport is located), two and a half hours from Wanaka, and five and a half hours from Christchurch, which guests can travel from via train and bus.
- Wildlife watching
During their stay at the site, guests will have an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, explore its stunning landscape, and engage in outdoor recreation. At Westland Tai Poutini National Park, which the site is right on the edge of, guests can go hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, mountain climbing, hunting, kayaking, and canoeing.
At Lake Matheson, only six minutes away, they can stroll along a walking path through a forest that will take them past magnificent kahikatea and rimu trees, leading to the lake itself, where guests can see the legendary reflection of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman (New Zealand's highest peaks) in its dark, mirror-like water.
Within half an hour, guests can also reach Franz Josef Glacier and Gillespie Beach, where they can amble along the rugged coastline, discover relics of the gold mining that once took place in the area, visit a historic cemetery, go swimming in a lagoon, or explore the walking paths, one of which leads to Galway Beach, where guests can see a colony of seals.
At Fox Glacier itself, guests can explore this natural wonder in a variety of ways. They can go on several different self-guided walks, ranging from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, or they can go on guided glacier walks. For even more adventure, they can also go heli-hiking, aerial sightseeing, mountaineering, or even skydiving through a variety of local companies, such as Flying Fox, Fox Glacier Guiding, Extreme Fox, Glacier Helicopters, and Skydive Fox Glacier. Similar opportunities can also be found at nearby Franz Josef Glacier.
Check-in: 02:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Infants allowed Under 2 years old
Children allowed 2-12 years old
Some spaces are shared