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Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge

33/35 Sullivans Rd, Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7859 New Zealand
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Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Fox Glacier, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Rooms at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge provide a kitchenette and a fireplace, and guests can stay connected with free internet access.

In addition, while staying at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge guests have access to a sun terrace and baggage storage. You can also enjoy a sauna and barbeque facilities. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Matheson Cafe, Hobnail Cafe, and Cafe Neve, which are some cafes that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Should time allow, River Walk is a popular attraction that is within walking distance.

Enjoy your stay in Fox Glacier!

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Avi wrote a review Jan 2024
Sydney, Australia47 contributions1 helpful vote
This backpackers/hostel is absolutely adorable and I can’t recommend it highly enough: To start, all of the people that passed through here in our time were simply lovely- a great mix of couples, solo travellers and families from around the world. It was quiet despite all the people being around and also very friendly. The kitchen is fabulous and big and inviting as are the common areas and lounges. There is a hot tub and a sauna- I’ll just say that again- a HOT TUB and a SAUNA to come home to every night after hiking, helicopter adventuring or whatever your day has entailed in this area/ and the price was right (we had a twin room sharing the shower and toilet facilities which were all clean). It’s also a two second walk to the Main Street of town with all the amenities, businesses and restaurants. The mountain view backdrop is also lovely. Cannot recommend highly enough! Also unrelated to here- but the local convenience store sells homemade breakfast burgers for a fraction of the price of the cafe made by one of the employees and they are simply fab!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Travel40472534306 wrote a review May 2023
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AWESOME - AMAZING - WOW - the new standard setters for Kiwi/New Zealand Backpackers with this warm, well-equipped, clean and funky backpackers in the centre of Fox Glacier. We have stayed a total of 14 places during our travels and this one TOPS them all!!! Thank you Team at Ivory Towers - Fox Glacier - you do us kiwis proud! Amazing facilities, over and above customer service and our all-time favourite for our recent road trip around the South Island. This place is EXTRAordinary and I encourage all of you who experience the hospitality and all things Ivory Towers Backpackers to tell them what an outstanding job they are doing...
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: Be grateful for such an AWESOME place to stay and show your appreciation by cleaning up after...
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Cai P wrote a review Sept 2022
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I arrived at Fox Glacier just before 4pm and left at 8am the next morning, so I didn’t have a lot of time there. The one thing I wanted to do was go to Lake Matheson to see the reflections of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in the water at sunset. Only problem was, I didn’t have a car or any way of getting there on my own. When I mentioned this to the hostel owner (I think?) upon check in, he said offered one of his bikes for me to take, and I managed to make it there in time for a beautiful sunset! This ended up being an absolute highlight and I couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the hostel owner. Despite the short time I had in Fox Glacier, he really helped make it unforgettable! The place itself was lovely. Kitchen was spacious, my room was cosy and warm, and the shower was excellent. If I could, I’d go back to Fox Glacier just to stay at Ivory Towers again!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sylvia wrote a review July 2021
Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed post-COVID-lockdowns, so it was very quiet which suited us perfectly. We were able to arrive prior to check-in time and were welcomed warmly by the staff. The kitchen/lounge facilities are extensive, the bed was comfortable and everything was neat and clean. - Spa was not working
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Date of stay: September 2020
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sarahnutmeg wrote a review June 2021
San Juan Island, Washington182 contributions28 helpful votes
Thank you! Lovely hospitality. Cozy and warm room, nice queen bed, nice bathroom, super kitchen, and- even more magical- a soak we looked forward to. There’s nothing like a hot tub under the southern cross and punga. Prices were extremely reasonable. Cute posters and nice touches. Quiet, warm, and comfortable. A super way to recover from some hard tramping.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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karenandtim wrote a review Apr 2021
Ealing75 contributions30 helpful votes
Friendly and efficient checkin sorted out our 'walkup' enquiry and got us a family room after a long day on the Welcome Flat track. Very comfortable and a lot of amenities - with a good choice of room options. Our family room had beds for 5 and wifi was good on multiple devices,
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: After dusk, sit back and enjoy the stars coming out in the spa!
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khaye wrote a review Apr 2021
Akaroa, New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
Sometimes you get people's loyalty if you are actually at least nice to them. these greedy people only think about money and never really care about anything else. there will be a point in your life where you will be in a tough place. I just hope that people will actually care and not laugh about it just how you did to us. will make sure to never recommend you to anyone
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rachel W wrote a review Jan 2021
Greymouth, New Zealand16 contributions
Great place, we received a warm welcome, it was super clean and tidy, cozy beds. Kitchen was well stocked and there is a nice sitting area and tv lounge, didn't use the hot tub it was a pretty busy night. Would definitely recommend and stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Brooke wrote a review July 2020
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Stopped overnight here on our way down the South Island. The rooms were clean and warm, and the lounge and kitchen were very large and spacious. Bathrooms small but clean and modern. The hostel also has a spa pool, which is very modern and new - a real drawcard. We enjoyed our stay here and has everything you need for a stopover :)
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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pa12326 wrote a review May 2020
Krakow, Poland6 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed at Ivory for one night. It was very clean and nice place. I got a separate room for nice price (there was only one more person staying in this place, as it was right after covid pandemic ended, so not a lot of tourist). Kitchen fully equipped, room was warm. I'm taking away one star due to not working sauna and jacuzzi (no info on their site about this and I was hoping to use it) and due to wifi not working perfectly in the room (it was working ok in kitchen and hall)
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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PRICE RANGE
AU$72 - AU$92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFox Glacier
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Lake Matheson Walk (4.5 km), Fox Glacier Hiking Trails (0.2 km), and Fox Glacier South Side Walk (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and a sauna.
What food & drink options are available at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Matheson Cafe, The Last Kitchen, and Betsey Jane Eatery & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Fox Glacier.
Are there any historical sites close to Ivory Towers Backpackers Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting River Walk (1.6 km).