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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
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this hostel! I stumbled accross it when I arrived in town. The staff were the highlight of the place. Jo and her staff are beautiful souls. They were incredibly friendly and helpful. Loads of free amenities are available to their guests, they even arranged a free ride in a hummerzine to a local bar down the street. Nowhere... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My girlfriend and I stayed here in Franz Josef in July 2014, we loved every minute of it! The town of Franz Josef is very small so getting around is pretty easy, and being outside is great anyway as the views when you step outside the door are just breathtaking. Jo, Prim and Ben who help run the place and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Jo and her team could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The hostel had loads of organised events for those keen to socialise, but was quiet enough in the evening for those seeking a good night's sleep. The kitchen was fantastic, and the room was very comfortable and cosy. Loads of freebies, and one of the cheapest options near... More

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

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

Dear Bart, Thank you for taking the time to review us at Glowworm cottages. The Hot tub is lovely to soak in after a long day of tramping, and is part of the lovely facility's that we provide for our guests. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand. If your back this way remember... More

Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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13 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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 4 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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104 hotel reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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 August 20, 2014

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

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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Glow Worm Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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