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Punga Grove Motel & Suites
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Large, comfortable studio rooms within walking distance of everywhere in town. The Alice May, a fine pub, is just steps away. Clean, modern guest laundry. Takes the office staff a little bit of time to emerge from their personal quarters to tend to customers at the desk.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank David R
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Would give this property 3 1/2 stars. Very clean, small kitchenette, very comfortable. Close to everything in the town easy walking distance. We primarily used this room for a short night's stay to continue on trip, so did not spend a lot of time at property. Has comfortable bedroom, living room area with a small patio. Small kitchenette, modern and modern clean bathroom. Comfortable and a good basic motel room but clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We opened the front door and our eye was taken to the adjoining rainforest right outside the sliding door at the back of the room. Wow! The room was perfect with a lovely big bathroom and beautiful décor.Turning left from Punga Grove was a lovely 5 minute walk into town with the Southern Alps in our sights and to our right was another 5 minutes to Glacier Hot Pools. Our best meal at Franz Josef was at Alice Mays 2 minutes away. Everything is close.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Stayed here just one night and wished it could have longer. The unit was very well equipped with a small kitchenette which we were not expecting. Great to make a drink or a snack. Very large and clean bedroom and very clean modern bathroom with toiletries provided. Information booklet with restaurant menus and prices. Easier to choose in the comfort of the room instead of walking round the town for somewhere to eat. A very good idea. All in all a very pleasant stay and better than we had hoped for. USA motels need to take note of this one!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We found Punga Grove to be comfortable and it met all our requirements for our short stay in Franz Josef. The motel is reasonably basic but was clean and spacious, and the little sitting area overlooking the bush at the rear of the property was a nice touch. Staff were very friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights over New Years and it was perfectly functional, but it is looking tired, dated and in need of a lick of paint and upgrading. In the 3.5 weeks we traveled around New Zealand, the staff here were the least friendly and welcoming, which we found surprising. It felt like we interrupting their leisure time, if we dare ask a question.
The Punga Grove is ideally located to the centre of Franz Josef, but I'm not sure I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This motel is fine for a two night stay, it suited us well though the room we had was beginning to look a bit tired. Reasonably well equipped kitchenette, bathroom was average, the shower cubical was very flimsy, creaking plastic. Quite a lot of noise from other rooms as floors above and partition walls are perhaps a bit thin. Motel is in a good position, just a short walk to the main road with all the shops and restaurants + mountain views that you need.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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: $111 - $163 (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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