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Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

The room was clean, roomy and comfortable - great to have so much space to put all of our motorbike gear. The proprietor offered the use of their garage to put our bike in too which was appreciated. There was a large crack in the ceiling with peeling paint so there was some concern that we may get wet if it rained but as the weather stayed dry so i don't know if it is a current leak or not. Plenty of bench space in the bathroom, good shower pressure. The motel is located within a very short distance from the hot pools and various restaurants and bars which is really convenient. We didnt notice any noise. Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

I stayed in a modern rain forest suite and I was very impressed. Very private, very comfortable. A gas fire, spa bath, leather couch & a small but well equipped kitchen. I loved seeing the fan tails flitting just meters from the deck. The managers are very friendly and obliging.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Well located with easy access on foot to eateries and shops. Quiet and quiet location. More privacy than in many motels and a pleasant greenery view from the room. Relaxed atmosphere was welcome. Easy parking on site.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

The room we had was massive and over two floors but still felt very cosy and exactly what we wanted after a long drive. There was a good seating area and a well equipped kitchen, complete with anything you would need to cook (a good change from some of the motels we have stayed in). The bed was very comfortable and we actually ended up wishing that we could have stayed a second night. It's also in a good location, set back from the main street but still only a 10 minute walk from the restaurants. Ideally placed for both glaciers too.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Friendly receptionist but not always at her desk so had to wait a while. Apartment was clean and comfortable. Close to travel to the glaciers - 25 minute drive. Local convenients shops if you need anything. Franz Josep glaciers a good walk but you need to drive about fifteen minutes.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Previous review commenting on lady owner was very mean. She may not be as outgoing as some but with us she was very polite and helpful. Maybe a case of you get what you give.

Our apartment was surprisingly large, very well equipped and spotlessly clean. A large picture window provided great views of the rainforest and mountains.

The free wifi worked very well too.

The motel itself is well placed for walking to all parts of Franz Josef with a good choice of restaurants close by.

We can recommend the food, beer and ambience at the Monteith's pub a couple of doors away.

Franz Josef is quite a lively little place but we found it a pleasant place to stay.

TIP: The weather can change here very rapidly and it has one of the highest rainfalls (with cloud!) in NZ. So if you want to take the helicopter up to the glaciers, don't hesitate to book and take the first slot you can get. If they don't fly, you can shift your booking and you only pay when you actually go.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We knew what to expect when the receptionist could not crack her face to greet us. The room was gloomy and damp. The street is a disgrace with tatty backpacker accommodation predominating. The only reason we were there was to visit the Hot Glacial Pools which were very nice, but we could not get out of town fast enough in the morning

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  • Stayed: February 2014, 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: £75 - £117 (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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