About Our Motels & Holiday rentals

About Us

Located in the picturesque Franz Josef Glacier village on the West Coast of the South Island, The Terrace Motel and 10 Cottages are the perfect place to base yourself for all your Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and Westland National Park holiday activities.

While on a quiet side street, The Terrace Motel is the closest motel to the centre of Franz Josef Village. The 10 Cottages offer an alernative style of accommodation and are located next door to The Terrace Motel, back onto the Rainforest of Westland National Park. Many rooms and the grounds offer stunning views of the surrounding Southern Alps. Franz Josef's award winning cafes, restaurants, gift shops and numerous adventure activities will be right on your door step.

We offer clean, comfortable, well loctaed rooms with studio rooms and 1  and 2 bedroom apartments along with a 3 bedroom house located next door. All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities, toaster, fridge, heater, flatscreen TV with statelite channels, and free unlimited WiFi. Most rooms also have Microwave ovens and many have hotoplates.

In addition to the two motels we offer several holiday rentals in central Franz Josef, ideal for larger groups or those just wanting more space to relax. For more information on the holday homes please see the details on our booking tool under the "booking" page.


We have plenty of free, onsite parking, suitable for all modes of transport, with additional off street parking behind the motel for boats etc. 

We have a coin operated washing machine and dryer in our guest laundry with an iron and ironing board and an outside clothesline with pegs, our customers are welcome to use if they prefer. Coins and washing powder are available for purchase at reception.

We have picnic table and an outdoor BBQ  for our guests to enjoy the views from outside as well.


The Terrace Motel is located on a quiet side street in the centre of Franz Josef, next to the quiet Alice May Restuarant and across from the West Coast Wild Life Centre, where you can see New Zealand's rarest Kiwi.

 The 10 Cottages are located next door and back onto the peaceful greenery of the rainforest.

Franz Josef's Free Glow worm caves are access from the end of Cowan street a few hundred metres from both properties.

The access road to the Franz Josef Glacier is 500 metres South of the Franz Josef Village. You can either take your own car to the Glacier car park or take a shuttle which will pick you up from your room.

We are a short half an hour drive from the Fox Glacier Township and Lake Matheson a short 10 min drive from there.