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Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 March 2015

We stayed 2 nights, and sadly, it rained all day on the full day we were there which, no doubt, coloured our experience. The location and views from the bed room were great, and there was plenty of space in the large sitting area but the fittings and decorations were a bit tired, and the view from the sitting area...

Thank rosie_lusznat
Reviewed 26 February 2015 via mobile

The friendly staff were welcoming. This motel was adequate for an overnight stop, it is situated away from the main hub of FJ therefore quiet & suitable if you have a vehicle. Great location for an early start to beat the crowds to view the glacier. The room was very, very compact, clean & the bed comfortable, the bathroom very...

1Thank Australialynx
Dorchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 February 2015

Stayed here because we struggled to get a place elsewhere. Good sized studio room and very clean. Microwave on low table would have been difficult to use. Cramped sink area but adequate. Bathroom ok with acceptable shower. Table with two chairs but no soft seating. Sat out both nights in the garden area which was fine with a lovely mountain...

Thank DameB2013
Reviewed 6 February 2015

We stayed for one night here, but that was plenty. It had a good shower and excellent décor - obviously done recently. It also had good wifi, with no restriction. It was supposed to have a sitting area and a dining area, but there was just one small bar table and two dining chairs. The bed was old and tired....

1Thank ColinBut
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 January 2015

Location of this motel was ideal, with just having a 5 minute walk over the bridge to get into town. With not having used many motels we found the staff very helpful and the room was very clean and spacious enough for our needs. The room was very reasonably priced and wifi was available. Would recommend and stay again if...

1Thank Rosebud388
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Reviewed 8 January 2015

This place is very affordable, we had one of the 2bdrm cottages with its own car port which was great for parking our 3 motorcycles in. We walked into town which was about 5 minutes over the bridge walkway. The owners told us if we ate at a certain restaurant we would get a ride home in the stretch Hummer,...

Thank QueenslandMan
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 December 2014 via mobile

It must have been the last room available in Franz so we were grateful to get it. We arrived soaked to the bone after 3 hours of heavy rain on the motorcycle. The hosts where fantastic and went out of there way to get us settled and provided us with everything needed to help dry our bike gear out. The...

Thank Chch_kraig
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 21 December 2014

Good mid range hotel and rooms with free wifi, stayed for a night on way to the Franz Josef glacier, town is 5 min drive from the hotel. There is flowing river next to the hotel and a bridge, weather was amazing with a slight drizzle and cloud cover which was adding to the view. check out the pictures. Really...

Thank ritz2906
Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 17 December 2014

My husband and I just had 31/2 weeks touring around the south island of New Zealand even flying across to Stewart Island. Everywhere we stayed was great except for the Glacier Gateway Motel. I have never stayed in such a dump in my life. The walls were paper thin, the towels were so old and disgusting I would not have...

Thank Di H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 December 2014

A good base for Franz Josef. The owners made us welcome and left fresh milk each day, in a cute little bottle. Our unit had two bedrooms which was ideal for our family of four. Free wifi throughout the stay which kept my daughters happy. Plenty of activities to do locally. We would definitely stay here again.

Thank Gemma M

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
23 Units ranging from studios for 1-2 persons to family cottages for 1-5 persons. Budget units, best value, best views, best location. Free wireless Wi Fi. 50 Plus channels of Sky, flat screen TV's, insect screens on all windows. We are 500m from the main village - nice and quiet with fantastics national park, glacier and bush views. All rooms are clean, comfortable and affordable. Family units have cooking facilities, we have plenty of on-site parking and a laundry,playground. Free tour booking office for all locals walks, flights and other activities. Friendly new owners . Come spend a night, not a fortune! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Glacier Gateway Motel

Address: State Highway 6, | Franz Josef Glacier,, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $91 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Glacier Gateway Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
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“Away from the communal hallway, if possible.”
 of 5 bubbles helenhW6391KX, 30 May 2015 | Read review
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 of 5 bubbles Priungkush, 16 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Get a room with glacier view”
 of 5 bubbles rosie_lusznat, 15 Mar 2015 | Read review
“If you want a mountain view then accept the road is not too far away. Generally very quiet and you do then get space to sit out.”
 of 5 bubbles DameB2013, 15 Feb 2015 | Read review
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