Franz Josef Glacier Hotels

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2 bedroom villa: Glenn Fern Villa

Glenn Fern is a double story 2 bedroom villa that comes with a kitchen and a living room. It has a bathroom filled with amenities.

There is also a nice garden around with porch for your car... its fully furnished is suitable for family stay...

Definitely an experience....

Great view and just few mins drive from Franz Josef town.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: School Holidays, Mountain Climbing, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 2, 2005
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Parallel to the Main Street is Cron Street, also known as Back Street, where most of backpackers are located.

Without a doubt, GLOWWORM COTTAGES is the best among several of hostels I have ever stayed in New Zealand. For NS$90/night we had a self-contained motel unit in addition to standard backpacker digs.

TV lounge, pool table, fireplace, communal kitchen and free spa pool in the garden promote mingling. It was so good to treat ourself in the hot water after the long hike.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Backpacking, National/State Park
  • Written September 9, 2004

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Chateau Franz: Backpacker

Warm with cosy fire, great atmosphere, central. Rainforest, glacier and mountain views. Two Lounges, two Kitchens, 24hr email, payphone, FREE video library, FREE hot spa, pool table.

Friendly, helpful hosts. Independent information, booking for all activities. Bookings recommended. Beds from $16. Big Screen TV.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written April 12, 2003

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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki: a place in the nature

The lodge owners are Anne and Gerry McSweeney; they came to Lake Moeraki in 1989. Gerry is a biologist. They set up the Lodge to help protect the rainforests; their enthusiasm shows in their way of connecting to their visitors. Guests can do their own thing such as fishing; canoeing, walking or just relaxing but there is also a daily guide wilderness programme. These programmes are in small groups and with skilled nature guides. I enclose some ideas about the available programmes:
· Wilderness seals and penguin walks - departs daily around the tides to explore the white beaches, blue sea, waterfalls, seals (all year) and in season the penguins of Knights Point coastline. This is a five-hour trip.
· Rainforest discovery walks leaves at dawn or mid-afternoon and explore the ferns, orchids, giant trees and birds of the forest. An hour trip
· Canoe safari explore the lake and then traverse four gentle rapids to New Zealand's tallest forest alongside the tranquil Moeraki Lagoon and then on to the Tasman seacoast. A three-hour trip.

This really is a pretty unique place to stay. The hotel is landscaped into the rainforest, the surroundings are untouched and unspoilt but this certainly does not effect the comfort that the hotel offers its guests. There are lawns and gardens, which are on the rivers edge. Every evening there is a special activity such as a short walk along State highway 6 with a knowledgeable and friendly guide to see the glow worms and any other animal that is out and about, a look at the stars and the chance to see the Southern Cross, a talk on penguins or the rainforest, music evenings.
The lodge is committed to the protection of the environment; it runs its own hydroelectric generator for all its power. It has an active energy efficiency programme its recycles all its rubbish and it works in close association with the Conservation Department that administers the surrounding World Heritage Rainforests. The Lodge gathers scientific information on seals, penguins, plants, birds, earthquakes and the rainforest. This is to help in the future management of the area.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written January 27, 2003

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RainForest Motel - Fox Glacier

RainForest Motel - Fox Glacier
$80- $105 a night.12 ground floor units,all non smoking.6 studios sleep 3.2x1 beadroom sleep 3,4x2bedroom sleep 6. Fully equipped kitchen.microwave, shower,phone

This is a lovely basic motel to stay and it only cost us $80 for 2. Your hosts are Rachael & Kevin Sullivan.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written September 24, 2002
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