We recently enjoyed our first, wonderful 14 day holiday in the South Island of New Zealand. We stayed in 8 different hotels while visiting many towns. While Terrace Motel was not the nicest place we stayed in, it was by far the most expensive. The room at Terrace was spacious and clean, but modest. Its higher price tag was certainly not warranted by the limited amenities. Parking is awkward and there is no scenic view whatsoever.
Franz Josef is a small, charming town with many accommodations within easy walking distance of each other. I believe that Terrace benefits from being one of the first places you see when you drive in from the Fox Glacier area. My advice is to check out other places nearby. Walking two minutes from Terrace, we found a similar room at another motel for $40 less per night that had better parking too.
It is also worth noting that Terrace was the only accommodation we found in NZ that charges your entire stay upfront when you book your reservation, as opposed to others that charge upon arrival. Also, Terrace has an unusual policy of imposing a $ penalty if you amend or cancel your reservation AT ANY TIME. (At other places, you only incur a charge if you cancel within 48 hours or don't show, which is reasonable). While we never changed any of our reservations during our trip, I think that TA readers might appreciate being aware of this questionable policy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Terrace is the closest Motel to the centre of Franz Josef Village, yet on a quiet side street. The 4 star Terrace Motel offers views of snow capped mountains and the Croz Glacier from its grounds. Unlimited Free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking are included. The Terrace offer Hotel style rooms along with rooms with cooking facilities, next to reception is a quiet restaurant operated by two of Franz Josef most experienced restauranteurs. The Terrace is the closest Motel to Franz Josef's free Glow Worm Caves and Franz Josef Kiwi Bird Centre where guests can experience New Zealand's national bird up close. The Terrace offers spacious ground floor accommodation with electric blankets and electric heating, flat-screen Televisions, tea/coffee making facilities and all en suite bathrooms, some feature a Spa Bath. Guests have a choice of studio's or spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Most rooms features stove tops and microwaves along with a dining area (please note Hotel style rooms offer tea / coffee and breakfast making facilities only). All rooms are serviced daily. Guests have access to shared laundry and barbecue facilities with outside tables and chairs. The tour desk can organise a range of activities including discounted helicopter flights, hikes, kayaking, horse treks and glacier walks. ... more less
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