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Glacier Gateway Motel

3.0 of 5 Motel   |   State Highway 6, | Franz Josef Glacier,, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
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Ranked #11 of 12 hotels in Franz Josef
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014
Ros_Sunny Dunedin, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We booked this motel on a special rate having reviewed their feedback on TripAdvisor. The news owners have turned this motel around. Our trip began with a call from Vicky on the morning of our proposed check in to say that they had no power but we were welcome to still come through. We decided it would be an adventure... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Franz Josef is not exactly huge but nonetheless the hotel was perfectly placed with a fantastic view of the glacier. Just a short 10 to 15 minutes walk away from all the main attractions in town this motel is a perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle in town. What really impressed us was the Vicki the hostess came... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A kind greeting from Marnie is the best way to start your Stay in Franz. It doesn't hurt when your room has a wonderful view of the glacier. Rooms are comfortable, clean, and warm. It's the PERFECT location, right at the access road to the glacier. Marnie helps with all bookings. Don't forget to ask for a mountain view room!

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We stayed here because everywhere else was booked. The current owners took it on 2 or 3 months ago and are slowly improving it. The room was small, and tired, but everything we needed was there. The shower was good. Insect screens were a huge advantage. At $140, we felt it was expensive.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

While enjoying our first-time experience with our zero-distance touch on the glacier with Franz Josef Glacier Guides, we really appreciated the motel owner/operator Vicki for her kindness to allow a late check-out in early afternoon after we finished our glacier item - Ice Explorer. This gave us much convenience to get around and we did not have to rush ourselves... More

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Sydney, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I would recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again. Although the Franz Josef area is riddled with sand flies and mosquitoes, the owner operators have done their best to minimize the problem within the rooms. Bring along your aerogard especially for the walks. Facilities were clean and well maintained. Even an electric portable cooker supplied for the travelling... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

We rented a cottage with some forboding, as the website showed orange walls and the reviews were not great. The decor was better than expected, though definitely utilitarian with 50s style kitchen and bathroom. It was clean and the beds and sofa comfortable. Being at the far end of the bridge, it is away from the bustle of the town... More

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Address: State Highway 6, | Franz Josef Glacier,, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 12 hotels in Franz Josef
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Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Gateway Motel 3*
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23 Units ranging from studios for 1-2 persons to family cottages for 1-5 persons. Budget units, best value, best views, best location. Free wireless Wi Fi. 50 Plus channels of Sky, flat screen TV's, insect screens on all windows. We are 500m from the main village - nice and quiet with fantastics national park, glacier and bush views. All rooms are clean, comfortable and affordable. Family units have cooking facilities, we have plenty of on-site parking and a laundry,playground. Free tour booking office for all locals walks, flights and other activities. Friendly new owners . Come spend a night, not a fortune! ... more   less 
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