My wife and I stayed 1 night at the Alpine Glacier Motel in mid-March 2013. When I originally booked our New Zealand trip this particular stopover came with no great expectations – it was really just somewhere to rest while we made the long drive from Abel Tasman down to Queenstown. However, both in terms of accommodation and activities this short stopover turned out to be surprisingly good.
The Alpine Glacier looks much like any other motel from the outside, but I though the rooms (we stayed in Room 8) was nicely appointed with a large screen flat panel tv, a small kitchenette, and a small but welcome side patio with a partial view of the mountains. The bed was also surprisingly plush and put some high-end hotel chains’ bed to shame. The location, one block off the main highway going through town, was ideal. Those wondering where to get dinner in Franz Josef might want to try the Full of Beans (coffee shop by day, bistro by night). We had a nice dinner with wine in a pleasant atmosphere.
In terms of activities the obvious ones are the glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox. We managed to do both pretty easily and they are worth seeing. We also had a very nice breakfast out at Lake Matheson (just a mile or so outside of Fox Glacier) which offered fantastic views of Mt Cook and some of the other Southern Alps. The bottom line is that if you’re looking for somewhere to break up the long drive down the west coast you could do a lot worse than stopping in at Franz Josef and staying at the Alpine Glacier Motel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alpine Glacier Motor Hotel Franz Josef
- Alpine Glacier Hotel
- Alpine Glacier Motel