Franz Josef AccommodationGlacier Gateway Motels is the perfect base for your visit to the Wild West Coast. We are the closest accommodation to Franz Josef Glacier, the complex is nestled within a relaxing native bush setting with terrific views of the majestic Southern Alps. The accommodation is peaceful and only a 5 minute walk from the Franz Josef village, with the Wahio River on one side and Westland Tai Poutini National Park and Glacier Access Road on the other.

We recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights to really appreciate and enjoy the local activities and scenic attractions which we can advise and book for you from our reception. There is a lot on offer in the area so take the time to visit our Attractions & Activities page. The township has an impressive selection of restaurants and cafes.

The motel complex features 23 serviced units designed for travellers seeking clean and comfortable rooms at affordable rates, guests can also enjoy a daily continental breakfast delivered to their door with a choice of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom motel units available, including a wheelchair access unit.

Franz Josef AccommodationFamilies are well catered for with some units available with cooking facilities, baby cot (if required), while the large outdoor area with kid’s playground is always popular. All motel rooms are smoke free, insect screens on all windows, well heated and feature the usual amenities you would expect in a motel unit. The complex has plenty of boat or trailer parking and a shared laundry area with coin operated washing and drying machines.

If you would like to stay with us you can check out our Availability, Rates & Bookings online or if you have any questions or special request feel free to Contact Us.


A really nice motel at Franz Josef Glacier‘ – What really impressed us was the hostess gave us a really warm welcome when we got there in cold rain. Vicki advised us that our rooms had been really warm as she turned the heaters on for a couple of hours. This was so great and heart-felt.
Shaun Y, Auckland Central, New Zealand
Excellent location and helpful staff” – I would recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again. Although the Franz Josef area is riddled with sand flies and mosquitoes, the owner operators have done their best to minimize the problem within the rooms.
Al L, Sydney, Australia
“We enjoyed our walks to the village and could see the views of the river when crossing the footbridge. All staff very helpful. Enjoyed our stay.
John, Desborough, New Zealand
“The motel has recently changed ownership and has been updated to provide ideal accommodation. The help received from the staff was superb and if Franz Josef is a must on the itinerary then a stay at the Glacier Gateway motel should also be a must.
Mervyn, Walton-on-the-haze, United Kingdom
Good value for money – and much better overall than the reviews under previous management indicated. Peaceful location outside the township and despite being just off the main highway no really noticeable road noise.The ‘good’ assessments would be ‘very good’ if there were such a category. Insect-repellent dispensers .were a welcome addition.
John, Christchurch, New Zealand