Kia Ora, Our home Whare Rakau (tree house) is surrounded by beautiful rainforest and native trees. Just a 7minute walk or short drive to the bars, restaurants, the hot pools and the glacier building. Enjoy the beautiful sound of birds and the rain on the roof. On a clear night you can enjoy beautiful dark skies full of stars. We can help with information and bookings on the walks and attractions in Franz Josef.
“Takoha and Simon's place is lovely. It is located in a gorgeous, quiet location, but still close to town. The room and the private ensuite are spacious, clean and cosy! Although we missed meeting Takoha and Simon, they made us feel welcome, including providing breakfast! This was a great place to stay and felt like a little bit of home comfort, including being greeted by their adorable dog.”
Welcome to Glacier Country! Nestled in the heart of the Tai Poutini Westland National Park and only a 7-minute drive from the Franz Josef township, our brand new little cabin in the paddocks offers stunning views of the Southern Alps and ample privacy in a rural setting. Relax after a fun day of hiking and sightseeing while enjoying our spectacular West Coast sunsets, listening to the native birds, stargazing on the deck or simply being lulled by the rain.
“This place is really lovely. It's only 5 mins in car to Franz Josef which makes it convenient for any glacier activities. It's self contained and you could have a great couple of nights there. Hosts left a brilliant information pack and good breakfast. Food at snakebite in town was delicious. Make sure you sit out for a bit of stargazing too.”
With a touch of luxury in our modern cottages and a huge covered deck to relax and enjoy the amazing views of the snow covered Main Divide and Melchior Glacier, why wouldn't you want to stay at Te Awa Cottages.... Free wifi, air conditioner & heat pump and plenty of parking space right outside your cottage. We are located only a 2 minute drive or a 30 minute walk from Franz Josef Township.
“After viewing Franz Joseph Glacier, we needed someplace nearby; Ginell and Zak's place was perfect! It's a five minute drive to the cafes and restaurants, and they left a book with great recommendations. The house was cozy, clean, and easy to find. There are horses and sheep in yards nearby, which we enjoyed. The bed was really comfortable and the shower was great; we'd recommend staying with Ginell and Zak!”