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Birds Eye View Taken With Drone Of Glacier Country Motel

About Glacier Country Motel

Exterior Of Glacier Country Motel West Coast New Zealand And Snow Capped Mountain Peaks Of The Southern Alps

Nestled in the heart of southern Westland on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, Whataroa is a quaint township steeped in history. From the mid-19th century, it served as a pivotal site for biannual cattle sales, supporting farmers across South Westland until 1961.

This humble township is located on alluvial flats to the west of the Southern Alps, offering a serene landscape that blends nature's beauty with historical charm. Close to New Zealand's only breeding colony of kotuku (white heron), Whataroa also holds a special place in the country's ecological history.

In the midst of this rich heritage stands the Glacier Country Motel, a building which, in the 1950s, began its life as a five-bedroom hospital. The hospital served as an essential healthcare facility for the local community, reflecting the spirit of service and care that characterises Whataroa.

Today, the hospital has been transformed into the Glacier Country Motel. While the building has been extensively renovated, it retains many of its original characteristics, adding to its unique charm and appeal. This transformation from a healthcare institution to a homely motel echoes Whataroa's evolution, adapting to the changing times while preserving its rich history and cultural significance.

Whether you're drawn by the allure of its past, the tranquility of its natural surroundings or the comfort of the Glacier Country Motel, Whataroa offers a unique blend of history, nature, and hospitality.

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