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Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Steenwijk, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Good location.”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

The motel is good located, only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.
The room was large and clean and had all the amenities that we needed, but it was rather basic. The furniture was over aged and looked boring. It was the whole day raining and we kept use warm with the heather. Not a place where we should go for a second time.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

My husband and I stayed in an Executive Suite at Punga Grove for 2 nights on our 2 week honeymoon adventure through New Zealand. The location was right in town with easy walking distance to bars, restaurants, the food market, etc. The room was great - clean, large, and the deck that backed up right into the rainforest was amazing! It was quiet and relaxing and the spa tub was the perfect end to a day of glacier hiking!

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a private and relaxing hotel that provides all the luxuries of home!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salisbury UK
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153 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

First impressions were very favourable; the room we were given was spacious and quite well furnished. The only minus was (the usual) lack of storage space for clothes - plenty of hangar space but no drawers/cubby holes. Seemed great. That was until we discovered the building had clearly been badly designed as an hotel - every time anyone opened or closed a door in the block the noise transmitted through the building, not helped by the fact that on our first night we had neighbours who felt that every door in their room had to be banged shut regularly - god knows how many times they went in and out of their main door!

On the plus side the hotel is very convenient for the main shops and restaurants in the village.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2013

This is an apartment hotel within easy walking distance of the main street of Franz Josef. The apartment had a separate room containing lounge/kitchen and single bed with outdoor terrace and garden and a separate bedroom with another terrace outside. We were given 50mb of wifi and really liked staying here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We stayed one night. The motel is in town so good location. We enjoyed the well equipped kitchen. It is quite too so we had good sleep.

Only problem is there are some small stains on the bed sheet. Seems to be some old stains. Not sure why those cannot be bleached. This will make it look much better.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2013

We stayed at the Punga Grove while touring the South Island last summer. The motel is ideally located, only a few minutes' walk from the town centre (fortunate, as it poured with rain for most of our stay).

The room was large and clean and had all the amenities that we needed, but it was rather basic. The furniture was dated and looked a little tired.

Overall a comfortable stay, but very mid-range.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Stayed here for a night as part of a tour of south island. Lady at reception was lovely giving me complimentary access to wifi twice when etiquette was only once. Rooms are very spacious. I stayed out of the main bedroom and slept in the single bed in the living room as I was travelling on own and it meant I could watch the TV in my bed! As I was there in winter the weather wasn't great however there are two nice terraces to sit outside in nicer weather. Very good location, make a trip to the hot pools which are only 100m away. Also went to a Speights for something to eat in the evening which is very close. The town is small so everything is within walking distance.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Punga Grove Motel & Suites
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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