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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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“Best place to stay in Franz Josef”
Reviewed 12 April 2009

We had a lovely relaxing two night stay at the Glenfern Villas while we visited the glacier near Franz Josef. We were very glad we stayed here rather than in the town, which was rather touristy and didn't have much character. Being out in the countryside made for a much more pleasant stay, and the villas are only a few minutes drive from the shops/restaurants and the glacier. Having our own little kitchen meant we could cook our own meals and we had a really spacious and light living area which we enjoyed spending time in recovering from our glacier hike! The manager/owner who helped us check in was really friendly and gave us some good advice about where to eat (and most importantly where not to eat!) in the town. He also gave us a choice of types of milk for our little kitchen, which was a nice touch. Overall, we'd recommend this as the best place to stay in the area.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Devon, England
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

We spent 3 nights at Glenfern Villas this month and had a packed time visiting glaciers, doing heli hikes and riding quad bikes. Glenfern was an excellnt base for the activities being a few kilometers out of town.

We stayed in a one bed villa (number 3) with beautiful views of the mountains. The villa was very clean (and serviced daily) and had all the facilities we needed. The site itself is adjacent to higway 6 and some villas face the highway, whilst not a busy road (we have not found any of these in New Zealand) I would suggest these villas should be avoided if possible.

All said and done I would definately stay again - my only gripe was having to pay for the (very slow) internet facilities which were provided free in all other locations in which we stayed in NZ

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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CA
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Reviewed 25 March 2009

We stayed in two bedroom single bath apartment. The apartment was good,clean. Decent apartment for families with smal children. There is a play area which my son loved.

Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 March 2009

Stayed here after taking a heli-hike tour of the Franz Josef Glacier. Very well appointed villas with great view of the mountains and surrounding countryside. We enjoyed sitting outside, basking in the evening sun, eating fish and chips and drinking L&P! The location is very quiet, but near to Franz Josef. Inside the modern villa was very comfortable and with a well-equipped kitchen it has everything you will need for a relaxing and pleasant stay. The only downside was there was not much privacy outside the villa where we ate our evening meal.

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Ipswich, Suffolk
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Reviewed 15 February 2009

Faultless accommodation!
The villas are a short drive from the town of Franz Josef but have fantastic views. All units have mod cons and are spotless. Would definately stay here again.

The thermal pools are well worth a visit

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

We (Myself, Mrs Haggis and our 2 kids aged 6 and 8) stayed here for 2 nights in mid Jan. We booked an an apartment with an upstairs second bedroom.

The villas are 3km north of Franz Josef on the main route into town. We were pretty close to the road and expected to suffer some traffic noise but we heard nothing at all.

Good points - we were greeted by a very warm and hospitable Marcel, which created a good first impression. Despite having cancelled our 2nd nights stay at very short notice he was extremely pleasant and jovial.

The apartment was excellent. Small but exceptionally clean, modern and comfortable. A small kitchen and dining area, living area, a bathroom (with shower) and 2 bedrooms.

There was a small deck and outstanding/stunning views to the mountains and glacier.

There was a small play area (swings, trampoline) immediately in front of us which was great to allow the kids to let off steam and a petanque/boules area - more fun for the kids.

There was wireless access and laundry facilities on site. The apartment had a dvd player.

Reception had postcards, pictures, snacks, travel leaflets, dvds for hire, a book exchange and board games.

Bad points - I'm getting very fussy here but I guess the $5 to rent a dvd was a little frustrating. Especially as we grabbed a couple whilst checking in and weren't told it was $5. Naively we thought they were free. Having paid $550 for 2 nights I thought it was a little steep.

Aircon would have been great - the upstairs fan was good, but noisy.


All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the villa and even changed our plans again to stay a second night. I'd have no hesitation in recommending Glenfern.

  • Liked — Stunning views. Quiet. Modern and clean.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

We stayed at the Glenfern Villas for two nights while we were exploring the glaciers. Our villa was modern and clean and had a fantastic view. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was great. They also had wonderful hot chocolate mix -- not the cheap junk we saw at other hotels. The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. They arranged a hike on Franz Josef for us and gave us a ton of helpful information about the area. We also really appreciated the bottle of sparkling wine that was left for us! (we were on our honeymoon). I would highly recommend this place to anyone taking a trip through glacier country.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — There were no restaurants in walking distance
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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