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Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in January and found it to be a very comfortable, clean and spacious motel. Our bedroom was up in a loft overlooking the lounge below. We had a nice outlook onto greenery off the lounge although it was very wet most of the time we were there. There is a laundry room for guests if you need it. the reception staff are helpful.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms would be good as it is in a back street off the highway.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This was a nice place for our one night stop over in Franz Josef. Certainly not a high end motel but perfectly adequate for our short stay. It had everything we needed.
The stay was friendly and the room was very clean.
Not sure if you could get anything better n this little town.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed one evening at this hotel/motel. The desk clerk was very nice and provided us with the information we needed to get around town. The room was clean, internet was available. Very convenient to "everything" in town.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This motel was the worst one we stayed in during our 2 week driving tour of the south island. From the reviews on Trip Advisor, we expected it to be quite nice, but it was old, dingy and overdue for renovating. We booked a 2 room apartment with friends only to discover that one of the 2 bedrooms was actually a loft. We could have managed with that, but the facilities were just cheap and tired, so we left after one night because we were not at all comfortable there. Obviously we would not recommend it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

This small motel is ran by a family who greet you and welcome you to the area. The motel is spotless with spacious rooms and a little kitchenette which was nice after traveling for so long to be able to prepare food if you wish. Within the block of restaurants and stores in the Franz-Joseph area and you can actually see both glaciers from your room.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Punga Grove is in a great position to enjoy all the attractions of Franz Josef.Our room was excellent-large and well-appointed and we could walk to the hot springs,cafes and kiwi centre easily.We were extremely comfortable despite the hot day and would go back in a flash!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We had made the booking and were uncertain about our stay here... BUT
When we got here.. a pretty lady greeted us and showed our way to our room with a complimentary bottle of milk.

Our room was huge and really cozy..
It was one of the best place we stayed in the south island.
It has a bath tub in the bathroom and I think the Jacuzzi doesn't work..

it is not only easy on your pocket but very close to the town, where you will find the restaurants and shops.. it is also at a walkable distance to the place which has hot pools :)

it doesn't have any view as such but then you will not be indoors if you stay here.. when you come back in the evening.. the hotel invites you with a warm room and a cozy bed..
As we were on our honeymoon and stayed only for one night.. this place was a perfect romantic getaway after a long track to Franz Joseph :)

I would defiantly come back to this place and stay for atleast 2 days :)

Room Tip: The one which is on the first room on first floor bang opp to the reception, its balcony faces the r...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: $102 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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