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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“What a great place”
Reviewed 24 June 2010

Stayed for one night at Glenfern Villas enroute to Queenstown, but would have liked to have stayed longer. Villas are modern.spacious and spotlessly clean. The owner/manager could not have been more helpful, offering advice on where to eat, what to see and how much time to allow for the next leg of our journey. A lovely quiet setting only 3kms from town. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 16 June 2010

This was the most expensive place we stayed in New Zealand, but it was worth every cent. The view of the mountains around the glacier is breathtaking while the rooms and fitting in the villas themselves are top quality.

The villas are located about 5 minutes drive north of Franz Josef, right next to the highway, but we never noticed any traffic noise. From the deck you can see the amazing weather changes around the glacier, from completely fogged out, to the snow on the peaks under deep blue skies.

It's an easy drive into town for a meal, but why bother, when there is everything you need to cook a meal and have a good wine on the deck with that amazing backdrop. The lounge is very roomy, the 2nd bedroom is upstairs, and the kitched very well stocked. Highly recommended for that special splurge.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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London
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

We stayed at Glenfern Villas for 2 nights in February as part of a self-drive tour of the South Island. The location is just outside Franz Josef, only 5 minutes by car. The villa had parking immediately outside, was large with a living room (with kitchen area) looking over the mountains, a bedroom and bathroom downstairs and another bedroom upstairs. The villa was clean, tidy and well equipped - although a slightly larger saucepan would have been helpful when cooking! All of the staff we spoke to were very helpful.

The view from our villa was wonderful - we were able to watch the sun setting over the mountains. One of the main highlights of our trip was the half day glacier hike on Franz Josef glacier - this hotel is ideally located for taking this trip and seeing the surrounding area.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 June 2010

lovely views, plenty space and comfort, out of town quiet... and friendly service.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lansing
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

Glenfern Villas and its proprietors have a lot to offer in their location, which is just outside of the Franz Josef downtown area and only a few kilometers from the glacier. The villas are spacious and nicely constructed; beds are among the best. Marcel can advise on good locations for dining. Each evening for guests who elect it, they prepare a basket of continental breakfast goodies and deliver it to your villa that night for preparation during the next morning. Since you have a full kitchen in your villa, you can prepare your breakfast as desired.

Our only compliant is that our villa was located very near Highway 6 and even in the off-season there was consistent traffic, which generated quite a bit of noise especially in the early evening hours.

HIGHPOINT: The internet service at this property is well worth the money as it was the fastest and most user-friendly by far in our two-week travel.

CONFUSING: The term villa is used in New Zealand to describe everything from cabins to accommodations which are similar to duplexes. These villas are in a network of villas and abut each other.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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296 reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2010

Extremely friendly staff / owners who made our stay extra special. The quality of the villas and comfort they provided were OUTSTANDING. The villas are fully equipped for all your needs and we were situated with views onto the glacier (we had clear fine weather) and Marcel was able to get us considerable discounts for our heli-flight onto the glacier. The stay was made all the more special by James (the rooster) and his girls who welcome all visitors. A fantastic location for kids with space with a playground. Will return next holiday for sure!!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lancashire
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 2 May 2010

A bit out of town, about 3 km – but wasn’t a problem. Very comfortable motel on the main road into Franz Josef. Spacious and very clean everything you could want for a stay in a motel. The weather was pretty awful when we were there but we did catch some glimpses of the snow-capped mountains when there was a break in the weather.

  • Stayed November 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
Amenities:
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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