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Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Western Australia
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40 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Awesome Motel”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We have just stayed here for two nights. The rooms were very clean and tidy with views to the mountains from our front door. The bed I have to say was one of the best I have slept in large and comfortable. The motel was very central to every thing just of the Main Street but very short walk to the eateries and helicopter trips to the glacier.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

After a very long drive to Franz Josef we couldnt have been happier when we arrived at Alpine Glacier. Really friendly and helpful staff, very clean room, great central location. Decided to stay an extra night we were so happy there! Great view from deck studio room.

Room Tip: Would recommend staying in a room with a private balcony
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2012

This place certainly lived up to all the other reviews. We booked the basic room and Anthony upgraded us to the best room on the complex - room 19. The place is spotless, rooms cleaned and towels and bedding changed every day. Staff are really helpful, milk provided on arrival, free internet and dvds. Excellent value. Don't look anywhere else - just book in here. You will not be disappointed, apart from the weather. Anthony said you have a room with the best view of the mountains. What mountains? The rain and cloud were so bad we might as well have been in Holland because we never saw the mountains in 2 days! Had a nice meal at the Blue Ice cafe across the road- As recommended by Anthony - I want to take him home with me!

Room Tip: Room 19 has really good views, king size bed but no balcony. Although you can sit on the verandah ou...
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

1) Excellent location - walking distance to everything you need, including supermarket, restaurants (do try out The Landing and Blue Ice Cafe), petrol kiosk and heliwalk centres.

2) Free wifi - which is a rarity in NZ!

3) Equipped with all necessary facilities/amenities - Roomy (2 of us stayed in a kig studio), clean, free parking, comfortable bed, fully equipped kitchen and heater (even in the bathroom).

4) Friendly staff - they took the initative to share with us what other activities we could do when our helihike at franz josef was postponed due to bad weather. in the end, we drove to fox glacier for a half day hike.

And when we got locked out of our room, Anthony came and saved the day! Otherwise we would have to spend the night in the car. Love the man!

5) Value For Money - need i say more? As above!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Me and my partner absolutely LOVED our stay at Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge. We stayed for 2 nights during our 3 week tour of New Zealand and it was without a doubt the highlight of our trip. We were so pleased to spend 2 nights there because the rooms were lovely, huge, modern and very very comfortable. They were also absolutely immaculate - I find cleanliness very important and this motel was great.

We got a complimentary upgrade on our room, which was such a nice surprise and very much appreciated. The bed is super comfortable with lovely bed sheets and a heated blanket. The kitchen in our room was very well kitted out and very clean.

The owners give you DVDS to borrow for the evenings if you want them which is great for a rainy night! There is a really good selection as well (not uncommon on the west coast as we found!)


Billy and Mark were unbelievably helpful with assisting us organising our activities. We really wanted to do a helicopter tour but the weather was bad, and they gave us great advise, booked it for us, got us a discount and even rang the tour company several times to make sure we had the best chance possible to go on the tour (changing the time for us so we got a break in the weather!). They honestly went ABOVE & BEYOND our expectations.

They are also just incredibly friendly and kind people - so welcoming.

DEFINITELY VISIT THEM! Fantastic value for money. Also on the main road!

Katy & Matt

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic location, and amazing rooms for a motor lodge. Surprised by the standard of the rooms for a motel like this, flat screen tv, fully equipped kitchen and comfy bed. Great for the money. Staff were very friendly and genuine, would stay again!

  • Stayed October 2012
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sydney
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Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Thanks Mark and Billy for a wonderful visit. Your service was excellent and we loved your motel. The bed was very comfortable and the mountain views inspiring a definite bonus!! No hesitation to recomment this most highly.

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Additional Information about Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge

Property: Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge
Address: 17 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Franz Josef
#4 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#4 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
24 spacious, well appointed, ground floor studio and family units. Central village location with spectacular alpine and rainforest views, walk to restaurants, shops and attractions. King, queen, deck and spa units with kitchenettes, ensuite bathrooms, Sky TV, DVD players and complimentary DVD library. Spa pool, guest laundry and activities booking service. ... more   less 
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