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Glow Worm Cottages
Glow Worm Cottages is situated one street away from the main road of the town centre.
This is a very popular choice in Franz Josef as it receive very high ratings.
We were upgraded to a deluxe room which has TV, Video and kitchen in our room.
All rooms are heated and have you could have a very good view of the rainforest and glacier just stepping out of your room.
There is a spacious lounge, dining and kitchen. Free soup at 6pm daily, Free spa, and Free videos and board games. 24hr internet, card phone, pool table, SKY TV, bike hire, BBQ are also available.
Do approach the friendly host to book your helicopter, Heli-hike, glacier tours and you may get a discount.
Unique Quality: Great view of the rainforest and glacier
Directions: Franz Josef is a small town, you wont miss it.
One street away from the main road.
Warm and Cozy
Glow Worm Cottage caters for backpacker and non backpacker.
They have motel unit for non backpacker (from NZ $95) and rooms with shared common room, kitchen and bathroom for backpackers.
We were staying in the double backpacker room (NZ$48 for two) with shared bathroom. The room was nice and spacious with window overlooking the garden and fully made up beds. They provide towels also
Bathroom is clean and so does the kitchen. They don't provide basic seasoning such as salt, pepper and cooking oil and the microwave didn't work when we stayed there
We enoyed our stay there as Glow worm isn't as crowded like other backpacker hostels in the area which caters for big group of backpackers travelling with kiwi experience and magic bus
Unique Quality: They provide free soup in the evening and there's a
Directions: It's easy to find. Franz Josef is only a town with one big road. follow the sign where it says backpacker hostels.
One of many Franz Josef Hostels...
We had a good time here. The people were fun and the hostel was decent. They do have a hot tub in a little cabbana there if you are up for it. You would probably have to scrub down afterwards as I am sure its full of nasty things. The hostel is close to everything and just around the corner from the pub that has New Zealand's champion line dancer as a bartender. They also provide free homemade soup every evening at 6pm.
Unique Quality: a few minutes walk to the glow worm area.
Directions: just off the main street.
Beds from $18. Quality accommodation with some self-contained units. Cosy lounge with log fire, 24hr email, payphone, FREE video library, FREE hot spa. Bookings recommended. Sky TV. Advance heli-hike, guided glacier and glow worm tours arranged
Unique Quality: Relaxing hideaway for travellers and adventurers. Wonderful views of mountains, rainforest, glacier.
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