The Two Tales - New mountain cabin accommodation in Fox Glacier, New Zealand

For slow-traveling lovers, adventurers, and creatives seeking unique stays in the wilderness, The Two Tales is a whimsical accommodation experience built upon a foundation of storytelling. Originating on the West Coast of New Zealand, the first two tales are told on the fringes of Fox Glacier village - each stay takes you on a visual journey into the past, telling the tales and honoring the legacy of local pioneers in aviation & alpinism.

The Two Tales offers ultimate seclusion with jaw-dropping unobstructed views of the Southern Alp's tallest peaks Mt Cook & Tasman, private cedar outdoor baths, and your choice of two luxury mountain cabins.

The cabins are situated close to each other (side by side), and they will offer more privacy once the landscaping is fully complete.

Location: Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, NZ

Contact: Olivia


Phone: +64 (0)27 304 3202 (Mobile)


The Two Tales cabin

Glowworm Accommodation Franz Josef 2

Glow Worm Accommodation Franz Josef - New Qualmark License Holder

They have received a Qualmark Bronze 3 star accreditation in the backpacker category.

Only a few minutes walk to everything in Franz Josef, Glow Worm Accommodation offers an experience, not just a bed. Take a dormitory room or a private room with a cosy log fire around a large communal area that expands to the outdoors.

Location: 27 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, NZ

Contact: Benjamin


Phone: +64 (0)3 752 0172 / +64 (0)21 299 8616 (Mobile)


Lake Brunner Eco Lodge - Under new management since April 2023

Located on the Southern shores of Lake Brunner, this Eco Lodge is your ultimate off grid retreat.

Established for more than a century, the Lodge’s polished timber panelling, log fires, book lined library, snug bar, pool table and comfortable guest suites make this a lovely place to stay. Guest suites are large and well equipped, with an emphasis on comfort and relaxation. There is also a two-bedroom, self contained cottage if you after some more privacy. The lodge has been generating its own power since the 1930’s, sourced from the stunning Carew Falls located directly behind the lodge. Hydro-electric power is the main source of power which the owners are extremely proud to have this renewable resource, right at their backdoor step.

Location: 1950 Kumara Inchbonnie Road, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Brenda


Phone: +64 (0)3 738 0163 / +64 (0)27 307 4040 (Mobile)


Lake Brunner Eco Lodge


Ribbonwood Retreat Franz Josef - Went from a Qualmark Silver to a Qualmark Gold 5 star

Congratulations to Julie and Jonathan at Ribbonwood Retreat for their hard work and dedication towards a Qualmark Gold status. Ribbonwood Retreat is located in the heart of Glacier Country on the secluded West Coast of New Zealand, a short 5-minute drive to the hub of Franz Josef Glacier village.

Your accommodation includes a fully cooked breakfast fresh from the garden and parking is provided with private access to the cottage. Here you will experience high-quality, hosted accommodation while enjoying uninterrupted views of glaciers, sheer mountain peaks, forests and farmland.

The Cottage is a cosy, private, fully self-contained 40-square metre Scandinavian-inspired abode crafted from natural wood boasting glacier and mountain views. The two-bedroom Waiho Suite offers exclusive use of the entire top floor with views of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

Location: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, West Coast NZ

Contact: Julie and Jonathan


Phone: +64 (0)3 752 0072


Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara takes out “Best Country Hotel” at the Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2023!

Congratulations to the incredible winners at Theatre Royal Hotel, your hard work, dedication, and passion for hospitality have shone through, making you the true champions of the industry.

The Theatre Royal Hotel is the West Coast`s only fully restored gold miners’ hotel, and once world-renowned theatre. Our historic gold rush hotel features six themed ensuite accommodation rooms. Each room is unique, with its blend of Victorian decor, antique furnishings, modern amenities, and West Coast charm. We also offer a range or restored and replica cottage accommodation to suit every budget. Our Restaurant & bar is open daily, and we have great facilities for cyclists.

Whether you are a history buff, an intrepid explorer, a Kiwi neighbour, a discerning traveller, or fun lover, the Theatre Royal Hotel knows how to look after you! We invite you to come and discover the colourful past of Kumara, which featured the Last Great Gold Rush and was the home of N.Z.’s longest serving Premier, Richard John Seddon.

Location: 81 Seddon Street Kumara, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Nona


Phone: +64 (0)3 736 9277


Theatre Royal Hotel - Winners