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Secluded Accommodation New Zealand

Te Awa Cottages were built in 2018 by Isaac & Ginell, both born and bred in the South Westland region. Franz Josef Glacier has been home for over 10 years since settling on their four-and-a-half-acre lifestyle block and building their family home surrounded by lush West Coast grassland meadows, paddocks, towering native trees and one of the best views in town up the glacier valley. Being incredibly passionate about Glacier Country, the Franz Josef Glacier community and the wider South Westland region they wanted to share their little slice of paradise and a glimpse at life on the West Coast with travellers from all over the world.


So, Te Awa Cottages was born...


Blue Sky And Snow Capped Mountains With Mountain Cabins And Rainforest Franz Josef

There are two identical modern cottages, Tahi & Rua set adjacent yet staggered for privacy. Each is generous in size at 48 square meters and has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay. Complete with a King size bed with an ensuite and large shower and a separate living area with a sofa couch so that each cottage can sleep up to four people if needed. There is a kitchenette with an electric frypan and microwave for your basic cooking needs.


Sheltered decks extend off of each cottage offering the perfect morning coffee spot or evening wine while you soak up an amazing West Coast sunset and the glacier valley and mountain views. Take a stroll into town via the Gibb Trail or dip in the nearby Tatare River to cool off on a hot summer's day.


Indulge in a late check out of 11 am and embrace the convenience of an easy self-check-in. Of course, Ginell and Isaac are only a message or call away if you need them or are after any local tips for things to do, places to eat and must-sees. 

The cottages have been landscaped into their own little oasis with a native garden privacy berm planted with flaxes and cabbage trees, large river boulders and tussock grass. 

The beauty of Te Awa Cottages' location is that you are in a rural, natural setting yet so close to the action. Welcome to your quaint little cottage in the wilderness!

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