My sister and I stayed at 10 Cottages for two nights, and we could not have been happier with the service/ location/ amenities provided. The room was immaculately clean, the beds were comfortable (each bed also had an electric blanket provided for extra warmth), and most importantly, the cottage was well heated (once the radiator had warmed up the room). It was a delight stepping into our cozy cottage after a freezing day out on the Franz Josef glacier. There is on site parking right in front of the 10 Cottages, which is very convenient and safe. There was no noise outside during our stay, and the amenities are quiet when running (perfect uninterrupted sleep).
The best thing about 10 Cottages is that it is off the main road - although this means no street lights (bringing a torch to Franz Josef is essential), there is also an uninhibited view of the spectacular night sky. On a clear night, a guest staying at 10 Cottages can have a plentiful view of the milky way.
Nearby to the cottages, there are hiking trails galore, which are safe and somewhat challenging to explore. 10 Cottages offers a free glow worm tour every night as part of the stay (1/2 tour up a small trail). Next to 10 Cottages, there is a beautiful little restaurant called Alice May's, which serves a range of New Zealand food - definitely worth having dinner here; the food is excellent.
Overall, I would highly recommend a stay at 10 Cottages - the owners should be proud to run such a professional and courteous establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Backing onto peaceful greenery, 10 Cottages offers self-contained Cottages with individual balconies. Located just 2 minutes walk from the centre of Franz Josef Village and 3 minutes walk to the Glacier Hot Pools, 10 Cottages is the ideal stop for a holiday in Franz Josef. Guests can enjoy Unlimited Free WiFi and free off-street parking. The 10 Cottages offers views from snow capped mountains and the Croz Glacier from most rooms and its grounds. All rooms contain a kitchenette with microwave and breakfast making facilities, flat-screen-televisions with satellite channels, hairdryer, electric heating and blankets. There is an onsite launderette and the nearest restaurant is within 100 metres. The tour desk can organise a range of activities including discounted helicopter flights, hikes, kayaking, horse treks and glacier walks. The 10 Cottages has also arranged discounts for guests with some restaurants. ... more less
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