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27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7886 New Zealand
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#2 of 15 Specialty lodging in Franz Josef
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English, German
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Breakfast available
Game room
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Self-serve laundry
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Leon wrote a review Sep 2021
Australia3 contributions
This is the a really cool place free breakfast Dinner the owners are really friendly and help Out lots the internet is fast rooms are clean And tidy! Warm heated hostel well recommend Has a hot tub...🤙
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Amy R wrote a review Jul 2021
Invercargill, New Zealand26 contributions
We were on a last minute trip up the West Coast and just happened to book two nights at Glow Worm Accomodation. We had a comfortable, warm room which fit our travel cot easily. There is a big well appointed hostel style communal kitchen and breakfast is provided. Lovely hosts with great local knowledge. Highly recommend staying here if you are passing through!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Jessie1306 wrote a review May 2021
London, United Kingdom81 contributions85 helpful votes
Glow Worm is one of the best hostels we’ve stayed in throughout our 3 year trip around the world. This is largely due to Ben who is a fabulously enthusiastic host who offers a very warm welcome. We stayed in the en-suite room with kitchenette which was clean, cosy and comfy. Nostalgic lodge style (rather than dated) and we loved the old photographs and things in the room. We used the communal kitchen mostly over our own kitchenette and again, it was clean and well equipped. The addition of free vegetable soup, free breakfast and popcorn is not only exceptionally generous for the price but great too!! We enjoyed our evenings both in the lounge reading by the fire and also the TV room - big screen movie with popcorn! And the icing on the cake was definitely the FREE hot tub on site. Lovely way to spend the afternoon, looking at the mountains. (Especially since the glacier hot pools are closed for winter). Ben really does an amazing job and we’d 100% return here if we happen to be in FJ again.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Fforde wrote a review Mar 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom447 contributions146 helpful votes
I stayed in a double room ensuite, with kitchenette. Very clean, very quiet, perfect for relaxing away from people. In the evenings I made use of the “hostel” part of the accommodation, very hygienic kitchen with lots of pots/utensils/crockery, a TV/DVD/PlayStation room, puzzles, and people to chat with. Included in the price is limitless popcorn, free vegan soup in the evening (to be honest, a little thin but brilliant as a base for risotto or cooking noodles in) and toast/cereal for breakfast. I enjoy the relaxing and quiet stay, the very accommodation staff, and the fellow travellers. Highly recommended. The age of travellers were 18 - 70, a comfortable environment for all.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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linm358 wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
Glowworm accommodation is a lovely hostel with friendly staff and clean facility. Free vegetable was delicious and kids loved making their own free pop corns. Free breakfast and free WiFi. Worth value for what you pay for. Great location with easy access to the walks and town centre. We will definitely go back when we visit Franz Josef again.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Jessica Moore wrote a review Nov 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom6 contributions
Wow, what a great hostel. Owned by a wonderfully friendly couple, with a gorgeous little smiley baby. Great amenities; free tea, coffee, hot chocolate, breakfast, soup, hot tub, heaps of dvds and games.. The perks just keep going. Definitely would recommend! Thanks for everything 😁
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Amanda C wrote a review Oct 2020
2 contributions
This was a nice place to stay. They offered free lollies, popcorn and soup! Breakfast was complimentary too but i am gluten free and unfortunately they didnt provide anything at breakfast time for my needs. Otherwise the facilities were nice. Kitchen was well equipped and the bathroom in the room was clean. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Andrew Izzo wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions
Benjamin and his family, the hosts, are extremely friendly and welcoming. My partner and I truly felt like part of their family while we stayed with them. The rooms themselves were warm, comfortable, and everything that we needed. The communal kitchen was very nice with extras like olive oil, coffee, tea, coco powder, and sugar. The TV room is very comfortable with a Playstation 3, the Hobbit movies, and the Lord of the Rings movies available. There were plenty of board and card games for use as well. Free popcorn, breakfast, vegan vegetable soup, and spa pool were amazing perks of a lovely stay at Glow Worm Accommodation at Franz Josef. We will stay here anytime we are back in Franz Josef!! Highly recommend and 10 out of 10!!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
ashleymaxwell181990 wrote a review Sep 2020
Steamboat Springs, Colorado7 contributions2 helpful votes
My partner and I went on a 2 month trip through the South Island. By far the best accommodation had to be at the Glow Worm! The hosts are very friendly and welcoming and the rooms are very comfortable. There is a free breakfast in the morning which is wonderful right before a long day out adventuring and then when coming back in the evening there is free hot soup as well! The hot tub is enclosed, which made it easy to have a soak during a bit of a rain. We will 100% be back to stay on our next trip to Franz Joseph!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
willblacks wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland23 contributions10 helpful votes
Our twin room was clean and spacious, with comfortable beds and clean linen. Small kitchenette which was useful. Luckily there was an empty unit on the other side of the gravel courtyard, so we could sit outside in the sun. (The shower curtain wasn't long enough to prevent water getting on the bathroom floor. I don't know why accommodation providers so often don't seem to be able to sort out water issues in the bathroom.) Lovely large communal kitchen and lounge area with a beautiful warm fire. Solid cooktop rings took a long time to heat up. Sadly they weren't offering the soup, popcorn, free breakfast or hot tub, due to Covid-19 (which we didn't find out until after checkin). However it was also very quiet because of few visitors. Would stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2020
US$41 - US$47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Glow Worm Accommodation
Which popular attractions are close to Glow Worm Accommodation?
Nearby attractions include Te Koha Gallery (0.2 km), Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.08 km), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.07 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Glow Worm Accommodation?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
What food & drink options are available at Glow Worm Accommodation?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Glow Worm Accommodation?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Glow Worm Accommodation?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, Monsoon Bar & Restaurant, and BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR.
Is Glow Worm Accommodation located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.09 km away from the centre of Franz Josef.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Glow Worm Accommodation?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Glow Worm Accommodation?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (10.9 km).