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The Terrace Motel
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed 21 February 2015

The motel is well situated close to restaurants and sight seeing options. Logan, at the front desk, was very helpful organizing our helicopter ride, advising on nearby hiking trails and restaurants within walking distance.
The room was quite suitable for 2 couples traveling together. It was clean and spacious enough for us to feel comfortable. We appreciated the free WIFI and the price per night was quite reasonable.
Loved the evening delivery of freshly baked warm scones! They go the extra mile to make you feel welcome! We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2015

This is a pleasant place to stay: it is ideally located for the town and glacier! The rooms are comfortable and quiet. Staff are very helpful: we were placed on a helicopter ride to the glacier within one hour of arriving: advised where to see glow worms for free (a romantic walk in the rainforest with stars and glow worms all to ourselves, just yards away from the motel) and delicious homemade scones each evening, delivered free and with a smile: thank you!)

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2015 via mobile

There aren't a lot of options in Franz Josef, but this hits all the marks. Bed and bath are comfortable, it is very clean, staff is helpful with understanding the area and activity/food options, wifi is great, and it's a reasonable price. I consider this to be more than a motel, which at least in the US implies it to be of lower quality!

Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2015

The reception guy was excellent, and showed us to our cottage which was at the back of the motel. Must say the room was clean and well appointed, but all the furniture looked as if it has seen better days, and needed updating to 2015. The reception staff brought round some hot scones and butter which we thought was a lovely gesture.

Room Tip: The cottage was very dated but clean.
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 January 2015

Stayed here for one night. Franz josef village is really nice, with a lot of restaurants within walking distance from most motels.
Parking right in front of the room, compact medium sized room, modern toilet, with small compact shower area (not suitable for an adult). Clean rooms, friendly staff (2 German tourists), owner even brings FREE Scones in the evening. A suggestion perhaps to give these out upon guest check-in, rather than knocking on the individual room doors at 9pm! A good gesture, no harm done. Having travelled the WHOLE of NZ south island, this was the most expensive one night stay we encountered! Not worth the money sadly!

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: 15 Cowan Street, Box 44, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Price Range: $145 - $357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Terrace Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Terrace is the closest Motel to the centre of Franz Josef Village, yet on a quiet side street. The 4 star Terrace Motel offers views of snow capped mountains and the Croz Glacier from its grounds. Unlimited Free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking are included. The Terrace offer Hotel style rooms along with rooms with cooking facilities, next to reception is a quiet restaurant operated by two of Franz Josef most experienced restauranteurs. The Terrace is the closest Motel to Franz Josef's free Glow Worm Caves and Franz Josef Kiwi Bird Centre where guests can experience New Zealand's national bird up close. The Terrace offers spacious ground floor accommodation with electric blankets and electric heating, flat-screen Televisions, tea/coffee making facilities and all en suite bathrooms, some feature a Spa Bath. Guests have a choice of studio's or spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Most rooms features stove tops and microwaves along with a dining area (please note Hotel style rooms offer tea / coffee and breakfast making facilities only). All rooms are serviced daily. Guests have access to shared laundry and barbecue facilities with outside tables and chairs. The tour desk can organise a range of activities including discounted helicopter flights, hikes, kayaking, horse treks and glacier walks. ... more   less 
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