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Glow Worm Cottages

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a couple in our 40-ies we were not sure to visit a backpacker'ish hotel. But iT turend out verry Nice. The staf was very friendly and we even had Some communication with the hipsters! Very good place to stay, conveniënt and efficiënt cottage, perfect for exploring Frans Jozef glaceer etc. The shares kitchen/fire place area is good for cooking,... More

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so glad I found this hostel! Rooms are clean, warm and comfortable, with a simple breakfast and evening soup included in the price. Everyone sits and eats together in the kitchen which makes for a very sociable atmosphere. There is a lovely lounge with a woodburner and a separate tv room for watching movies. Other freebies include unlimited... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK serious, that is the best hostel I have been here in new Zealand, the staff is awesome friendly if u have a problem?there are no problems ! When u look out of the window u can see the mountains with the snow tops, and when u awake for the sunrise the top is not white its pink and orange... More

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Sandra, Thanks so much for the wonderful review, We are looking forward to your return too! I agree the views from our kitchen window's are Franztastic (fantastic), the soup is a highly contested point of pride for all of us and I'm sure Ed is happy to hear that you enjoyed his version. Just ring for any future booking's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Franz Josef (of Fox Glacier for that point) this is the only place to stay. A great hostel with free wifi (although it can be temperamental at times), free soup in the evening, and free coffee & toast in the morning all for a great price. It has a very homely atmosphere with very sweet and... More

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Morgan M, Thank you for taking the time to review us, We're so glad that we've made your favorites list! We truly enjoy our job and meeting so many wonderful people from around the world, just like you. We offer the services and facility's to ensure your stay is a comfortable, warm and friendly experience. We hope that you... More

Erfurt, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you wanna go to 'franz josef glacier' and you're looking for an really good hostel, which is worth the money then you are in the 'Glow Worm Cottages' right. They have a big offer of different room-/dorm types. Its everywhere so clean and you can really smell it! :) The mattresses and the beds are in a good condition... More

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Mandlable, A warm and hearty thank you for your review. It is fabulous that our guests are enjoying their stay with us and that all the staff are presenting and representing Glowworm cottages and Sir Cedric's Backpackers and motels so well. Alex Knob walk does show off some of the most spectacular views of our Glacier, mountain ranges and... More

Victoria, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed here in May, and it was the best decision we could have made. Was travelling with some friends and everyone agrees it was lovely. Free breakfast, Free soup in the evening, Free spa pool, Free internet (which in NZ is hard to find!), Free popcorn, Free Hummerzine ride to the bar, Free shot at the bar just for staying... More

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Victoria, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It so pleasant to hear that our staff and the hostel is working at their very best to provide a great stay for our guests. Benjamin and his tours are very popular!! Next time you come and stay we hope the weather gods are nicer and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Free wifi/breakfast/evening soup Clean kitchen friendly staff Good hostel to stay A good free tour take us to some beautiful place Hot tub and a big tv room Hostel staff recommended alot of track and tell you how do you get there They lend us a torch so we can go into thr cave .....

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear LeeJian, Thank -you for taking to write this lovely review, we are glad that you had a great stay with us and got to see the glowworms. Take care and safe travels. :-) More

Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This hostel is the business. Free wifi, breakfast and soup in the evening. Lovely staff, hot tub if you would like. I stayed in a 4 dorm, really great value, and we had a tv, fridge, sink etc and small bathroom. Jo the manager was so accommodating to all of us and we felt like they appreciated us staying there,... More

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear FreyaDH, Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed staying with us. It is always a pleasure to hear that our staff are doing the job well and providing excellent service to our guests. Wish you well for the rest of your journey's and hope that you will come back and see us again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Nice bbh with many facilities, especially hot tub. Free breakfast, soup,unlimited WiFi, heater, and others. I stay in a 4-beds shareroom with own shower room, toilet and other facilities inside, it's only $22/night.

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Frenkylcw89, Thank you for review, and thank you for the title! Other fantastic BBH hostels you should also check out are Glowworm's sister hostels of Southern Laughter and Bungi Backpackers in Queenstown and Chateau Franz in Franz Joesf... We all offer great amenities to our guests. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels More

Riverton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

What a find! I didn't actually realise it was a backpackers when I booked my double room with ensuite. The room was very cosy, with everything you need to cook provided in the mini kitchen. Very comfy bed, nice shower, and everything kept very clean. Manager Jo was awesome and even invited me to the common room for the free... More

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Jo R, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Taryns2000, Thank you for your lovey review. It was my pleasure to make your stay an enjoyable experience. Our offer of soup extends to all our guests and we're glad you came and joined us:-) It is always a pleasure to hear that our staff are helpful and friendly. Please come back and join us again soon. More

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Address: 27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
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Hotel Class:3 star — Glow Worm Cottages 3*
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