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“Spacious studio in great location.”

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Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Essex, England
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
114 hotel reviews
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“Spacious studio in great location.”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

We stayed here for two nights whilst visiting the Glaciers. This motel was the best 'motel' we have stayed in on our journey across New Zealand.

Our studio was very spacious, clean and had full cooking facilities which was excellent. It had a dining table with chairs and huge amounts of floor space which is extremely rare for motel style accommodation. We also used the laundry facilities located on site. We arrived in the pouring rain, the umbrellas outside were a great idea for guests to use.

Like all accommodation in Franz Josef, this is a few mins stroll from everything you would need including the supermarket, coffee shop and bar. This motel was excellent value for money and we would not hesitate to return here or recommend to others passing this lovely little town.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Arrived to torrential rain and woke to snow capped mountains. What a great place you have at Franz Joseph. The room was fantastic with the sliding door into the rain forest with gas heater, full kitchen facilities and great service from all the staff. Our only regret was that we could only stay one night.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Punga Grove proved to be a very welcome stopover on our way down the West Coast. The room was clean and had good facilities. Franz Joseph is a great place to stop with some good restaurants and nice views, certainly preferable to some of the dismal towns on the West Coast!

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Punga Grove is an average motel with all the ameneties it is expected to have. There is nothing exceptional about this place. The service is also unexceptional with staff responses lukewarm.
The best feature of the lower rooms is the sit-out right in front of the trees and bushes.
We stayed there for 2 nights.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2012

great place, good and central, clean and large rooms, would recommend

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We were part of a hiking group that stayed here two nights. We explored the Franz Josef Glacier one day, and after we departed, we visited the Fox Glacier.
The motel is very nice: clean, friendly, adequate in every way. Our room, named Ruru (meaning “the owl”), was very quiet . It was spacious and had a lovely rear deck that we felt was like being in a tropical forest. WiFi is complimentary, and was much appreciated. One can order a hot or cold breakfast, and these far exceeded expectations. There is a great selection of nearby restaurants, all within easy walking distance.
No worries, mate!

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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We had on of the newer rooms and were very surprised about how nice a Motel can be. Very spacious and modern romm including a full equiped kitchen. Everything was very clean and we felt absolutely comfortable. The bathroom was amazing as it included a bath tub with jaccuzi. The room also had a small terrace leading directly into the rain forest. The Motel is located very close to the center of the town and to all major activities.

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Property: Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Address: 40 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 2000, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Punga Grove Motel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punga Grove offers stylish motel accommodation in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Set amongst beautiful native bush with the lush rainforest at your doorstep with a stunning backdrop of high alpine peaks, Punga Grove is your natural West Coast accommodation choice for your stay in Glacier Country in New Zealand. ... more   less 
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