Myself and a friend stayed a one-bedroomed villa (No.7) for two nights.
-Great setting with rainforest vegetation and surrounding mountains.
-Parking space for one vehicle.
-The villa contained an open-plan lounge/dining/kitchenette area, en suite bathroom with shower and bedroom (twin-beds).
-Lounge contained Panasonic heater with remote control, 2x 2-seater sofas, low table, Sony widescreen TV with DVD player.
-Dining area contained a table & 4 chairs and a suitcase stand.
-Kitchenette area contained a sink, microwave, fridge/freezer, cooker, kettle with tea/coffee making facilities, utensils.
-En suite bathroom contained sink, toilet, walk-in shower, hair dryer, lotions
-Bedroom contains twin beds, suitcase stand, small cupboard containing iron/ironing board.
-Outdoor decking with two chairs & table
-Free WiFi - see Reception for username/password. Signal strength strong enough for a Skype voice call.
-DVDs (free to borrow) and book swap in Reception.
-Snacks and breakfast (all chargeable) available from Reception.
-Arrived before 8pm to be told by the Receptionist (Erica) that her office was about to close. We'd arrived in Franz Josef in the dark after a long and tiring 7 hour drive from Queenstown, so we didn't really want to be harangued for arriving near closing time.
-Bedroom too small in proportion to the rest of the villa.
-Heater (Panasonic) too small to properly heat the open-plan lounge/dining/kitchenette area.
-The electric blankets were essential in the bedroom, due to the overnight cold.
-Noise from passing traffic at night and constant flow of traffic during the daytime.
-Checkout time 10am. We received a phone call at 10:15am from Reception woman we'd met on arrival, asking us to vacate the room as they needed to clean for the next guests in the evening. Clearly there is no leeway on the checkout time, which we'd not experienced previously in NZ.
-It's a 5 minute drive, via a single-track bridge, to Franz Josef township. I wouldn't recommend walking as there's no footpath or street-lighting until you reach the township.
-It's a 10 minute drive from Franz Josef to the Franz Josef Glacier car park.
-It's a 45 minute (23km) drive from Franz Josef to the Fox Glacier car park.
-If you walk to a glacier take a breathable rain jacket, quick drying trousers, hat & gloves, socks & sturdy boots, food & drink, sunglasses, sunscreen. Follow the way markers and stay behind the barriers.
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