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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Gerard and Bernie Oudemans
2900 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

Tel: + 64 (0)3-752-0299
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)3-752-0298

Gerard and Bernie had just completed breakfast when the Greenwood Guides first barged into their lives having heard good things about them in town. It was an immediately comforting scene: wooden table, pieces of toast in racks, the smell of real coffee and freshly-baked bread.....

.... This 1926 former farmhouse has been stripped back to its wooden heart: weatherboarded walls, polished floors, panelled ceilings, wooden windows. But the Oudemans continually improve it - with a spacious new kitchen area allowing for plenty of elbow room at the breakfast table, and most recently a delightful new suite. All rooms have comfortable beds and percale sheets, while upstairs there’s a tiny balcony with wisteria and jasmine on one side and a roof terrace (facing the mountains and the sunset) on the other. Gerard and Bernie, both New Zealanders, have been in the B&B business since 2000 and are rightly enthusiastic about their magnificent region. They are still unstuffy and refreshingly modest about what they offer, although "we’re getting better at blowing our own trumpet." And so they should, if only for the spectacular views from breakfast table, "clouds permitting!" Bernie adds. So self-deprecating you know you’re going to like it. Good base for Okarito, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier explorations. Scenic flights, guided glacier hikes, kayaking, horse-trekking, white heron sanctuary tour, kiwi tours at night. Children 12+ welcome. Wireless available.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Full Wheelchair Facilities    Wifi Available    
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Rooms: 5: 2 superkings/twins, 1 superking, 2 queen; 3 with en-suite shower and 2 with en-suite bath and shower. Sitting-room for guests.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full cooked breakfast included. There are plenty of restaurants in town for lunch and evening meals.
Directions: On main road 1.5km north from the Franz Josef village centre. 2900 Franz Josef Highway.

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