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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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Free breakfast, free soup, free popcorn, free barbeque....even a tour with Benjamin(mister awesome) It's a welcoming place at all times! Just lovely! And after a day tramping there is the free spa? Cheers Bart

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Sheffield
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free popcorn, free wifi, free hot tub, free phone calls home and even free soup at night. This is the best hostel I stayed at in the whole of New Zealand and one of the cheapest. I even worked for accommodation for a little while and the friendliness isn't for show. I haven't found a place that cares more genuinely... More

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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Mairimaz, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We do genuinely care and want to provide the best for our guests wither it be a short or long term stay, and in return we meet fantastic people from all around the world that arrive as strangers and leave as part of the Glowworm family!!! I'm always happy... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very impressed with the rooms. There was lots of space, good blankets and pillows, good heater- even your own en suite! Free wifi, popcorn, soup, breakfast, hot tub is always appreciated. Wifi did tend to be a bit poorer in the room though. Decorations were very quaint as well. Would stay again!

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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Kalista S, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We have had the Wifi tech in to help us give a better Wifi, since you have visited. I am glad that you enjoyed your room. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your trip. Remember for the best deals always book direct. Ka kite ano (till... More

Southampton, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly, welcoming and cosy. Excellent value for money too. On arrival they were helpful about what to do/ see in the limited time we had. Our room was well equipped and nice. There is a free breakfast (cereal and toast), free popcorn, free spa pool and free soup. There is a nice atmosphere with people staying there! Highly recommended!

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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Natwoods, We appreciate that you have taking the time to review us. We are pleased that the atmosphere at Glowworm is a winner with our guests, we try to provide true Kiwiana hospitality and service to all the travelers staying here. All the complementary stuff is an added bonus, that adds smiles to all. We sincerely hope that you... More

Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived we were excited to use the hot tub but it wasn't going to be up and running for another day. Without prompting one of the staff, Ed I think, came and gave us a couple of vouchers for the local outdoor hot pools. The hostel was more than decent and the gesture by the staff was really... More

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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Spadge99, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very lucky to have a great caliber of staff working for Glowworm cottages. Ed is now the manager of Chateau Franz our sister hostel just up the road. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey's.... More

Boston, MA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
104 hotel reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ensuing rooms with a descent heater and comfortable beds. Fridge, microwaves ect in room. Common room with a fire, games, and a great kitchen. Wifi is descent but you get kicked off a lot. Maybe not the best for Skype... Staff is lovely and very helpful. Free wifi, popcorn, breakfast, soup every day! The hostel has random events daily like... More

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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear 07Boston, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Being helpful and friendly is our pleasure. We are getting the Wifi improved as soon as possible. We hope that we can host you or your friends in the future, and you can check in with our staff at any time to find out what events are planned during... More

Auckland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely small hostel, staff very welcoming and so friendly. Delicious veggie soup every night and free breakfast every morning! Always something going on whether it be rides in a stretch hummer or a tasty chocolate fountain! Will miss our 'sweet dreams' wishes from Jo!

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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear LewyPhi, Thank you for your lovely Review. We are a lively bunch with great jobs, helping travelers get the best from their visit to this corner of paradise. The comfortable beds and warm rooms help our guests get the best night sleep so they can be well rested for their next days adventures, but I'm glad you enjoyed my... More

Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

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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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Donselaer, Thank you for your lovely review, Age is no barrier to fun!!!! It was wonderful to have you join with us at the evening soup and share your experiences on your travels. As we continue to look to improve our guests stay's, we may not stay the same... we hope to be even better. So next time you... More

Hereford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

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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glowwormcottages, Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Klturney, We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us and took the time to review Glowworm cottages. Our staff really enjoy meeting all the wonderful travelers that come to stay at our magnificent little corner of NZ and making them feel welcome. Our staff are very knowledgeable about our area and ways to get the best out... More

Hamburg, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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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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