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“Relaxed cosy stay with exceptional views”
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Glacier Cottages
Reviewed 26 December 2012

We stayed at cottage no 3. Two queen bed each in one bedroom with an additional bed making it comfortable for 5 ppl. Free DVD and WiFi which was weak and only reachable in the porch. Excellent farm with horse ranch around which the kids just adored. Friendly owners who shared some knowledge about horse keeping. Overall good value for money.

Room Tip: Cottage 1 and 2 would have good Wifi reception.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

Only a 2 minute drive from town, in a quiet location with great views. Spacious with a small kitchenette and a lovely veranda. Clean cottages, laundry facilities available and wifi available.

We had a very relaxing few nights at the glacier cottages, perfect for friends, families and couples. Would stay again and recommend to other travellers.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

As part of my NZ tour last year, I stayed at one of these cottages at Franz Josef Glacier as the price was reasonable. This cottage is located just outside the township.

The cottage came with a bedroom and two queen sized beds, one which is located in the open area (it's like a room without any door) towards the living room. There is a kitchen area and a toilet. The furnishings are rather new, and the owner friendly (like most of the motels that I stayed in other parts of NZ). The place is clean and the air is fresh. The owner rears miniature horses which can be found around the open spaces around the cottages.

It was a really nice cosy place to be with all the lovely furnishing. The best thing is the view. The front door opens up to a lovely view of the Franz Josef Glacier! The surrounding area is all greenery and views of the mountains and a river.

I would say that this is a good place for families. I would certainly come back to stay here again.

Room Tip: Nothing much to say, as there are only 3 cottages, all having good views of the Franz Josef Glacier...
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

I'd read mixed reviews about these cottages, older towels and crockery etc, and they were right, the towels have seen better days but most of kitchen utensils were fine. The compendium said we would get fresh towels and garbage removed every day, which we didn't, but I'm sure if i asked it would not have been a problem.All the furniture was new and the linen was fine, trust me the position of these cabins and there view far outweights any issue like that. We spent 2 nights here in May, and could of spent a week here just relaxing. There are shetland ponies right outside your door for the kids, a river in front of you, and stunning mountain views, they are great little privtate cottages. You can't actually see the glacier but the view is till fantastic. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

My family of four stayed in Cottage 2 during the April School holidays.
It was one of the cheapest places we stayed on our trip, so our expectations weren't too high. It was a pleasant surprise, therefore, to discover a cosy cottage in a lovely location.
Service was friendly and the cottage was clean. There were free DVDs on loan and the WIFI, while weak, was also free.
My young son loved this accommodation more than any other due to the miniature horses, swing set and location next to the river.
I loved sitting on the deck with a hot drink enjoying the peace and great views. It is a little bit out of town, but for me this added to the appeal.
The bathroom was nice with some lovely shampoo, and the small kitchen was reasonably well stocked.
The only downside was the beds, which could do with some new, more supportive, matresses. However, this would not stop me from staying here again.

Room Tip: All 3 cottages share the same lovely view.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank OskarNZ
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We had cottage no 2, which was a two bedroom unit. The units are comfortable and well equipped. The cottages are ~2 km out of town and you can walk down to the river or sit on the deck and admire the mountains and the glacier.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank DavidKriel
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Really nice cottages just out of the busy and loud centre of town !
The cottages are really well furnished, clean and quite spacious !
One bad thing though is the really bad WIFI ! Even if they have one you can barely get it due to the metal structure interference !

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank KiwiRomain
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Address: State Highway 6 | Tatare Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
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Ranked #9 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Glacier Cottages Hotel Franz Josef

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