Our caving excursion in Greymouth got cancelled, so my husband and I made the last minute decision to head to Franz Josef a day earlier than expected. We managed to book this lodge last minute (found through the Lonely Planet we had brought with us), but due to the sudden change of plans, we couldn't get there until after the office had closed. However, the owners left us detailed instructions and assistance (including wi-fi access information which you would normally obtain at the front desk) - we were left in great hands!
The lodge was extremely spacious, with a bedroom and an upstairs loft with three beds! (Definitely more space than what we required). The view was spectacular, and the environment was extremely peaceful. The facility was clean and neat, and the bathroom was complete with the ammenities. However, the only downside to the bathroom was the shower - even though it was spacious, there was no door to block the water from flowing out of the shower area. Regardless cleaning up wasn't too much of a hassle.
The kitchen area is also very well equipped and clean. Great coffee could be made with the French press the kitchen had.
Overall, a great stay especially after a day full of surprises and changes to our original travelling plans. We were greeted with a friendly smile and manner upon checking out the following morning - and found out there's many dvds we could've benefitted from had we checked in on time (which means, the Villa is equipped to ensure its guests are enjoying their stay and are entertained/well rested).
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