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Franz Alpine Retreat
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
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“Wonderful retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

We are a family of four and stayed for only one night. It was thunderstorms in Franz Josef so we missed out on seeing the glaciers and our booked helicopter ride. Jo was fantastic in suggesting alternatives and even helped in trying to get us on another flight. The accommodation was fantastic and provided a wonderful respite from the weather. I wished I had booked two nights at this place - even if there is nothing to do in Franz Josef (due to weather), the accommodation is a lovely place to stay to have a rest. There's also a proper kitchen (full oven and gas stove) which you don't find in alot of accommodation.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

Definitely recommend a stay here. About 5 minutes out of Franz josef Town, amongst the mountains, with lovely views of the glaciers. The Hostess, is lovely, she made us feel at home, with plenty of advice and as it was christmas time, we were surprised with a lovely comlementary breakfast.
The villas are well equiped and perfect for families.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Perth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

Had a really great stay here in November 2012 and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. Jo was very friendly upon greeting us (in the rain!); we had arrived around dinner time and Jo circled a couple of good places to eat on a map and also recommended a few places that were worth a visit. We had a heli-hike booked for early the next morning and she offered to follow it up for us and call them and then let us know if it was going ahead or not! Super service! We were really impressed with the layout and overall modern look of the bungalow (the heating was delicious!) and Jo laid out a complimentary breakfast for us too. It was very quiet and the views of the glacier were stunning. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

We stayed there just for one night during our roadtrip through NZ. Compared to some of the other motels we saw this was a 5-star stay and I can totally recommend a stay here. The manager was really lovely and though it was cold and rainy the heating worked perfectly fine. Each cottage has its own parking spot, a kitchen and living room area and 2 sleeping rooms. The kitchen was incredibly well suited and I had no problems cooking a nice meal for the two of us. Everything is quite new and clean and I regretted that we had to leave in the morning.
I booked via booking.com and (especially compared to other motels we stayed in) the Franz Alpine Retreat offers a lot for a moderate price.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

Great start with Jo at the reception. She is very very helpful and gave us lots of tips, things to do and advice on how to get around. Also got a complimentary breakfast which was just lovely. The location is out of town which is fine if you have a car but would be a hassle if you didn't. The rooms are very big and spacious, we had a full kitchen with everything you could need, dining area and lounge room. This was the most expensive place we stayed on our holiday but it was definately worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012 via mobile

We stayed here after a long drive from Westport. The accommodation was more than we expected! 2 rooms both with king beds and a great complimentary breakfast. Also lovely toileteries suppliedJo was fantastic ! Friendly and informative

Place is out of town so you will need car or bike to get around.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2012 via mobile

Haven't met a better host than Jo. We had a great time at Franz Josef and Jo went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. Not only did she give us advice on things to do and places to visit, shar also make special arrangements to accommodate my mum who had a sore back.

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Additional Information about Franz Alpine Retreat

Property: Franz Alpine Retreat
Address: 2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has personalised facilities that fully immerse you in the surrounding environment.Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 5. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet, Phone & insect screens. Other facilities within the complex DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities, continental breakfast.A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! ... more   less 
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