Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
We welcome you to our Fox Glacier motel.
This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.
Just 20 minutes’ from its bigger cousin Franz Josef, in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Fox Glacier offers a slightly more intimate glacier experience.
We are easy to find on the main road of Fox Glacier, situated in a quiet central location. From the moment you arrive you'll enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the village for shops, restaurants and activity providers. Fox Glacier Guiding is only 120 metres away.
We have ample safe parking so you can explore on foot.
Our superior smoke free Fox Glacier accommodation includes a variety of studios and one bedroom units. Our purpose built units have been designed with convenience and comfort in mind. You have a choice of king, queen or single beds. All units have double glazing which ensures a quiet night’s sleep.
Unlimited free wireless internet is available with a work desk in every room. Units vary from tea and toast making facilities to those with microwave kitchenettes and others with full cooking facilities.
During the summer months you are welcome to make use of our BBQ facilities after a day exploring this amazing area.
We are happy to offer advice and help arrange Scenic Flights over Fox Glacier and Mt Cook region, guided walks on the glacier or just a walk round awesome Lake Matheson with the views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
You can be assured of a warm welcome at reception where we will assist you in every way possible.
Distances from Motel
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- At a glance
Office hours 7.30am to 9.00pm
On-site parking Free of charge
Breakfast service Continental breakfast available on request.
Available on request Cot, high chair, shuttle service to Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier.
Value adds Unlimited free WiFi, guest laundry, guest BBQ, complimentary DVD selection.
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Phone +64 3 751 0129
Compact Queen Studio
Queen bed with quality bedding. Strictly maximum of 2 people; not suitable for children and babies. Cutlery and crockery to prepare a light meal.
- 16 m2
Standard Queen Studio
Queen bed with quality bedding. Kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, toaster, hot water jug, cutlery and crockery to prepare a light meal. Some units have full cooking facilities.
King bed with quality bedding. Kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, toaster, hot water jug, cutlery and crockery to prepare a light meal. Some units have full cooking facilities.
Two single beds with quality bedding. Kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, toaster, hot water jug, cutlery and crockery to prepare a light meal.
- 20 m2
Queen & Single Studio
Queen bed and single bed with quality bedding. Kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, toaster, hot water jug, cutlery and crockery to prepare a light meal.
- 20 m2
1 Bedroom Unit
Queen bed and 2 single beds with quality bedding. Queen bed in the main living area, separate bedroom with single beds. Kitchenette with full cooking facilities.
- 37 m2
Spa Bath Studio
A ground floor studio with a queen size bed with quality bedding. Kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, toaster, hot water jug, cutlery and crockery to prepare a light meal.
- 24 Superior fully serviced motel units
- Unlimited free WIFI
- All designated non smoking studios
- Family Units
- Studio Units (some with spa baths)
- Satellite TV with 8 channels
- DVD Player & DVD's available
- Modern Guest Laundry
- Continental breakfast available
- Local Activity Booking Centre
- Portable Cot/Highchair available
- Eftpos & major credit card facilities
Bella Vista Motel is next to a spectacular rainforest. You can either walk or cycle through the rainforest from Fox Glacier Village to the glacier. Explore this area at your leisure and take in the amazing scenery on offer. Right in our own backyard.
Fox Glacier is the largest and longest of the West Coast Glaciers, grinding its way from the heart of the Southern Alps down into temperate rainforest just 12km from the Tasman Sea. There are excellent views of New Zealand's highest peaks, Aoraki and Mt Tasman from Fox Township.
It has a rich variety of walks for all levels, including the glacier valley walk that takes you to the terminal face of this icy giant.
Fox Glacier Guiding
These chaps are in the know-how business when it comes to all things Fox Glacier. They are experts in their field and offer a great range of guided tours on the ice. Flying Fox (heli-hike), Fox It Up! (heli-ice-climbing), Fox Trail (a walk to the glacier face), & Extreme Fox (all day heli-hike) are all on the menu.
Fox Glacier River Walk
Your starting point is the car park at the end of the Glacier View Road, here you follow the River Walk Lookout Track as it makes its way towards the river, passing a great viewpoint of Fox Glacier along the way. The track continues through the forest before crossing the Fox River by a 70 m long suspension bridge that was built in 1929.
** The River Walk from the historic bridge to the intersection with the River Walk Lookout Track is closed indefinitely due to flood damage. However, the historic bridge is still open. The River Walk Lookout Track from the Glacier View Road car park is also still open but you will need to return the same way**
Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight
A helicopter ride showcasing the aerial views of the rugged peaks, frozen rivers and glacial valleys below. Enjoy the snow landing where you can get out onto the glacier.
Mount Fox Route
Located 3 km south of Fox Glacier. Mount Fox Route is a challenging climb and recommended for experienced and properly equipped trampers.
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Showcasing a selection of NZ gifts and artworks including: souvenirs, merino garments, West Coast greenstone and New Zealand jewellery. You’ll find the perfect keepsake here.
Nearby Lake Matheson is renowned for its reflections of New Zealand's highest mountains. Lake Matheson has an excellent walking track around it for all fitness levels.
Gillespies Beach & Seal Colony
A short drive west of Fox Glacier is Gillespies Beach which was an original Gold Mining Settlement. Here you can take a walk to the Seal Colony at Galway Beach which is approx. 3 hours return. Seals congregate here during the Winter months. The remoteness and ruggedness of this area is spectacular.
Make Fox Glacier your base or starting point for the Copland Track. This is a 6-8 hour tramp each way (2 days) and takes you to the famous Welcome Flat natural hot pools. Transport is available from Fox Glacier Township.
Finally, at night take a walk through a grotto of ferns and rain forest on the Minnehaha Track located 200 metres from our motel and you will be rewarded by a spectacular show of Glow Worms, especially on a clear, dark night.
One of the most spectacular jumps in New Zealand, skydiving in this region is about as picturesque as it gets with the likes of glaciers, rainforest, Southern Alps and ocean views. The professional and highly trained staff will put all your fears at ease.
Located right next to the Bella Vista Motel the Minnehaha Track is an enjoyable short walk during the day, and even more special at night when the glowworms come out. The track follows a small stream through the rainforest and loops back on itself. Bring a torch at night to find your way but remember to switch off to see the full effect of the glowworms.
Eating & Nightlife
There are a number of options for dining around the village. The Last Kitchen, Matheson Café & High Peaks Restaurant and Bar offer quality meals and great service, also check out Bigfoot Bar & Restaurant for a good night.
Bella Vista Fox Glacier will happily offer local advice on any of these activities and will gladly facilitate complimentary reservations should an activity require a booking.
Walking distance to restaurants, cafes and shops.
Travel distances in kilometres to Fox Glacier
- Ashburton 432 kms
- Blenheim 519 kms
- Christchurch 402 kms
- Dunedin 532 kms
- Franz Josef Glacier 23 kms
- Greymouth 195 kms
- Hanmer Springs 410 kms
- Hokitika 158 kms
- Invercargill 502 kms
- Kaikoura 522 kms
- Mosgiel 518 kms
- Nelson 482 kms
- Oamaru 481 kms
- Queenstown 330 kms
- Te Anau 487 kms
- Wanaka 262 kms
- Westport 296 kms