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Sunset Motel, Fox Glacier, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine

Glacier Views

Fox is the largest and longest of the magnificent West Coast glaciers. It is remarkable in that it ends in temperate rainforest, 250 metres above sea level and a mere twelve kilometres from the sea. There are more 3,000m (10,000ft) peaks at the head of the Fox Glacier than in any other valley in New Zealand. Nowhere in the world’s temperate zones are glaciers so accessible. From the peak of Mount Fox you can see the Fox River meandering down to the sea, the expansive glacier valley and Mount Cook. Here you are in some of the most special and beautiful country in the world and that’s why this region has been given World Heritage Park Status.

A Typical Sunset View

Designed to provide a spacious and comfortable, yet affordable nights stay, Sunset Motel is set in tranquil farmland, just a short stroll from the Fox Glacier village. With a large back lawn and garden areas for your enjoyment or for the kids to play in while you sit back to enjoy a glass of wine. All units have full glass frontages to allow for unimpeded views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman—New Zealand’s highest peaks—and the rugged Southern Alps. Snow capped mountains all year round give great views all day as the snow glows. With no main road noise you can sleep in peace with only the views to keep you awake. You don’t even have to leave Sunset Motels to get some of the best sunset photos in the world. Just look out of your room window at the sun setting on Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. They glow red, orange, and purple in the night sky reflecting the natural wonders of this area. Hotel staff can suggest locations for the best photos in the Glacier National Park.

Sunset Motel

Sunset Motel is designed around guests, to provide all the comforts of home with the bonus of the best views in Fox Glacier. Room service can deliver a continental breakfast to have in the privacy of your room to enjoy the views plus all rooms have kitchenettes, some with hobs or electric frying pans so you can cook your own breakfast or dinner. Toasters, fridges, and coffee plungers are in all rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, microwave kitchenette, satellite television on 32inch LCD TV’s. Electric heaters and electric blankets are in all rooms to keep you warm on a winters night. Wireless internet is also available in every room, along with over 50 Free DVD’s and DVD players available for rent.  There is a guest laundry that has two washing machines and two dryers, if you need to catch up on your washing we can also supply the washing powder. All rooms have telephones with no toll locks so you can ring home, alarm clocks with radios, also a desk and chair for emailing or writing those postcards. There is a large lawn and garden for you to enjoy or just sit back on your outdoor furniture and soak up the amazing views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman whilst drinking a nice kiwi wine.

Studio Rooms

Minnehaha is a great walking track taking a twenty minute stroll through the wild rainforest near Fox Glacier where there are Glow worms living in the trees and if you go at night you can see these as the glow while feeding. Other nearby walks include the Nagai Tahu Track, the Chalet Lookout and Fox Glacier Valley Walks.

Spacious Comfortable Rooms

The village at Fox Glacier is the more “laid back” of the twin Glacier Country townships and is a good base from which to explore. There is a general Store for all your needs and Fox Glacier Motors can help with gas and any repairs you may need for your car or campervan. There are many ways for the traveller to experience “Glacier Country”, no matter what your fitness level, budget – or weather! Tourists flock to this renowned area annually to reap the rewards of this unique environment, from bravely climbing the face of glaciers, to fishing the plentiful salmon and trout waters, to experiencing the rainforest environment amongst intertwined walking tracks, there is an abundance of activities for all to indulge in.

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