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Welcome to your holiday cottage retreat in Franz Josef Glacier...


Te Awa Cottages are nestled in the lowlands at the base of the towering Southen Alps of New Zealand,  merely 2km from the Franz Josef Glacier town hub, surrounded by giant native trees scattered across farmland with exceptional views up the Franz Josef Glacier valley. There are two identical one-bedroom cottages adjacently staggered for privacy from each other. Each cottage has a King bedroom with an ensuite and separate open plan living space with a kitchenette and a ranch slider that opens up onto a sheltered deck with outdoor furniture so you can sit back, relax and soak up those snow-capped mountain views. 


Crystal clear waters of the Tatare River border one side of the property which inspired the name Te Awa Cottages  -  in Te Reo (Māori language), Te Awa means 'river', connecting the property not only to the river but also the history of the West Coast. West Coast Māori were living on the West Coast and trading pounamu (greenstone or jade) by the late 1300s. The first were from the Waitaha tribe. Later Ngāti Wairangi lived in the region, and then Ngāi Tahu came and absorbed the other tribes. 



Glacier Country Accommodation

Te Awa Cottages are two identical, cosy, clean and comfortable holiday accommodation units in Glacier Country, Cottage Tahi and Cottage Rua, both offering outstanding views up the glacier valley. Close to walking trails, the Tatare River, guided tours and the town hub of Franz Josef Glacier.


Heli Hike In Franz Josef Glacier

Te Awa Cottages offers the perfect base for you to explore Glacier Country. Located only 2km from central Franz Josef Glacier, there is a diverse and exciting range of cafes, bars, shops, restaurants, hot pools, laundromats, walks and hikes, day spas, wildlife experiences, guided tour companies and more. 



"Lovely accommodation only a very short drive from Franz Josef town. The cabin is cosy and clean, with all the amenities we needed. Thank you Ginell and Zak for being such wonderful hosts!"

Sinji | August 2022

"The best views in Franz Josef! Great warm retreat on a winter night and top-class decor and furnishings. Highly recommend!"

Cathy | June 2022

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