We were invited recently to a friend’s wedding in Hokitika. As it was on a Saturday we decided to spend the Friday night in Franz Josef.
Westwood Lodge is a luxury West Coast B&B and as they are a client of ours I thought perfect – priced a little higher than we would normally pay, we decided to treat ourselves for our wedding anniversary the following week.
Well, what an experience. The cost was so totally worth it. Westwood Lodge is located just a short walk from the Franz Josef township on the edge of beautiful bush. Its lounge looks up to the glacier itself.
Our room was exquisite. Lovely crisp, white bed linen, and a bathroom to die for – which included double sinks, tiled walk in shower and a French tub.
The lounge area was well appointed with a huge fire, comfy seating areas and a well stocked bar. For pool enthusiasts there is also a full sized table.
We dined in the township at a restaurant recommended by our host Kaz. After dinner we headed back to the lodge where we spent the evening in the bar area with an English couple, who were also staying at Westwood Lodge, and Kaz. The stories flowed as did the wine and many laughs were had.
One night was definitely not enough. We plan to spend a weekend there during winter – soaking up the fire and just lounging around reading and relaxing.
If you are in the area do make the investment of staying at Westwood Lodge – we are so glad we did.