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Glacier Gateway Motor Lodge

3.0 of 5 Motel   |   State Highway 6, | Lake Mapourika Glacier,, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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 Central, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

We had booked via an i site in a previous town unaware of the conditions and service we where arriving to, the rooms where dark, misserable and with next to no real accommodation to be used, the cleanliness was horrific and when we asked for a different room there was no difference in any we where shown. Service on the... More

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KevinFranz, Owner at Glacier Gateway Motor Lodge, responded to this review

Hi - We are the new owners of the Glacier Gateway motels since 29th November this year. We have thoroughly cleaned all the units spending many hours on each unit, we have replaced all broken and missing equipment. My Wife and I have been dealing with the Public for over 45 years . we value our Visitors and will ensure... More

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Was glad we stayed here, the room was quite big and it was comfortable. Was quite surprised by other bad reviews, but then again we don't have any complaint. Slept like a baby for a good 9-10 hours uninterrupted in the quiet motel. The owner was also nice enough to help us fixing the washer when we wanted to do... More

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Geelong, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had read many bad reviews for this motel, but after considering our budget, etc, we booked it anyway. We rang in advance to advise the owner we would be a late check in, and when we arrived she had unlocked our room, turned the heater on, and left the keys and tourist guides on the table! It was such... More

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Lathom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Fortunately we only had one night in this accommodation. The weather was awful as was the accommodation. The rooms were damp and musty. The condensation was running down the walls. Not a pleasant experience. Avoid at all cost.

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KevinFranz, Owner at Glacier Gateway Motor Lodge, responded to this review

We are the new Owners of the Glacier Gateway motels since 29th November this year.We are warming and airing the units daily More

Auckland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We were a group of 6 who travelled throughout New Zealand for 4 weeks in February and this was the worst place we stayed in. Not only was the accommodation damp, mouldy and musty it was also a long way out of town (more than walking distance). The worst aspect was the millions of active mosquitoes or sandflies which feasted... More

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KevinFranz, Owner at Glacier Gateway Motor Lodge, responded to this review

We are the new owners of the Glacier Gateway motels.We have aired and thoroughly cleaned the units. We are in the process of installing screens on the windows and automatic insect repellent dispensers that can be turned on when required. More

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Glacier Gateway Hotel
Glacier Gateway Motel
Address: State Highway 6, | Lake Mapourika Glacier,, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 10 hotels in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Gateway Motor Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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