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2 Donovan Drive State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886 New Zealand See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
Wheelchair Access
Laundry Service
4 Star accommodation
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Proprietors are amazing and beyond helpful!!! Great little getaway with full eat-in kitchen and beautiful views out floor to ceiling windows! Enjoyed preparing a meal while on the road. We only had one night there but it’s a perfect place to spend week or just...More

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Response from LissaK50, Manager at Franz Alpine RetreatResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. We can take people into town if requested especially guests who need to meet bus departures. We hope the rest of your holiday is a safe and enjoyable one.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a one bedroom unit and were pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a larger one. It was clean, neat and comfy with ample heating and blankets. Kitchen facilities were more than adequate and the towels were large and fluffy, as well as warm...More

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Response from LissaK50, Manager at Franz Alpine RetreatResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, this is very much appreciated. We hope the rest of your holiday is a safe and enjoyable one.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a little before the township but close enough of you have a car. Our units were new and in perfect condition. The heater in my unit made loud noises so I had to turn it off but the unit was warm enough anyway without...More

Thank CarolB3692
Response from LissaK50, Manager at Franz Alpine RetreatResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. We will have the heater looked at immediately. We hope the remainder of your journey is a safe and enjoyable one.

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

The place is just wonderful! We booked a 2 bedroom unit, love everything about it! The view from our unit is amazing, we could see the snowy mountain while we were having breakfast & dinner. Nice continental Kiwi breakfast. Stu is really helpful & friendly....More

Thank SusyMS
Response from LissaK50, Manager at Franz Alpine RetreatResponded 5 weeks ago

Many thanks for your wonderful review. We would love to have you come back and stay again.

Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

This accommodation was the most expensive one we stayed at in NZ, except Queenstown and it was the least appealing. As other reviews note, it is a driveable distance from town so this is not what concerned us although not sure therefore why the cost...More

Thank leemo2016
Response from LissaK50, Front Office Manager at Franz Alpine RetreatResponded 25 September 2018

Hi Lee, We are so sorry you were disappointed with your stay with us. This is the first review we have had with so much dissatisfaction and find other guests have been more understanding as to the water supply. The units are 10 years old...More

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Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has facilities that fully immerse you in More the surrounding environment. Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 5. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet. Other facilities within the complex include Book exchange, DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities available, Kiwi "continental" breakfast and activity bookings. A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! Less
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast Available
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Refrigerator in room
Self-Serve Laundry
Wheelchair Access
Room Service
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Accessible rooms
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Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Accessible rooms
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Price range
US$86 - US$249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Franz Alpine Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$86 - US$249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Franz Alpine Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Traveller (70)
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Dining (5)
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20 March 2017|
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Response from FranzAlpine | Property representative |
The chalets are slightly bigger, have DVD players and are further away from the highway. I could quiet easily comfortably live permanently in the two bedroom cottage myself.
5 September 2016|
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At present, no there are not. We are investigating the feasibility of having these replaced in the future with more robust type screens, as the screens that used to be in place in all units, were damaged beyond economical... More
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"the front 2 bedroom is my choice"
14 Apr 2018
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"Try to stay in a chalet far from the reception"
31 Mar 2018
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"The newer buildings right by the entrance look way nicer than the ones behind the office."
17 Mar 2018
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"I cannot recommend any room because of the poor facilities"
24 Feb 2018
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