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Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2013

The motel is in a good location and walking distance to everything in town.
The rooms are large, clean, and affordable.
Its not the hilton but for a cheaper option this is a great place.
Have a few drinks at the backpackers next door with cheap drinks and a few fire places.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

The room is cosy and clean. Nice location very close to town. Free wifi. Well-equipped kitchen. Nice view. The only issue is the shower water in the bathroom was not hot enough for more than 2 persons.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Being on a budget honeymoon, my husband and I decided to explore something besides backpackers/youth hostels at Franz (as they were all booked out due to our last minute planning). We found Punga grove on tripadvisor and at NZD 120 or so a night we decided to go for it. We booked the cheapest room ie the studio available. When we arrived, the nice lady at the reception upgraded us to a nicer duplex room. It was such a perfect little place co,mplete with a nice kitchennette, super cute outdoor rainforest sitou and the bedroom on the first floor. There was nothing missing complete to the little bottle of milk in the fridge to all the pots and pans and cutlery needed. Punga is situated close to the Franz Josef village center and walking distance from the grocery store and really nice resturants (including an Indian resturant), and all the tour guide offices. The Intercity Bus drops you off right at the hotel as well. Franz Josef is a charming little village with the glacier towering over it, it felt very Swiss indeed and was undoubtedly our best stay in NZ!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

An ideal place to stay in Franz Josef. Very handy for the spa (a few hundred mtrs) where we spent a very pleasant few hours bathing in hot glacier water - ideal after an afternoon walking up Fox glacier. It's not as 'remote' as I imagined - I think I had visions of it being stand alone in rainforest - but it is just one of many on a street which backs onto rainforest, there is a terrace at the back. Could of easily stayed there for a week and been very comfortable - good kitchen facilities but wasted on us as we were only there 1 night and ate out at a good bustly pub/restaurant within easy walking distance. Overall highly recommended and would stay again.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Large, comfortable studio rooms within walking distance of everywhere in town. The Alice May, a fine pub, is just steps away. Clean, modern guest laundry. Takes the office staff a little bit of time to emerge from their personal quarters to tend to customers at the desk.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Would give this property 3 1/2 stars. Very clean, small kitchenette, very comfortable. Close to everything in the town easy walking distance. We primarily used this room for a short night's stay to continue on trip, so did not spend a lot of time at property. Has comfortable bedroom, living room area with a small patio. Small kitchenette, modern and modern clean bathroom. Comfortable and a good basic motel room but clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank timandkerry
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

We opened the front door and our eye was taken to the adjoining rainforest right outside the sliding door at the back of the room. Wow! The room was perfect with a lovely big bathroom and beautiful décor.Turning left from Punga Grove was a lovely 5 minute walk into town with the Southern Alps in our sights and to our right was another 5 minutes to Glacier Hot Pools. Our best meal at Franz Josef was at Alice Mays 2 minutes away. Everything is close.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 40 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 2000, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range: £81 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Punga Grove Motel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punga Grove offers stylish motel accommodation in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Set amongst beautiful native bush with the lush rainforest at your doorstep with a stunning backdrop of high alpine peaks, Punga Grove is your natural West Coast accommodation choice for your stay in Glacier Country in New Zealand. ... more   less 
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