The Terrace Motels & 10 Cottages in Franz Josef is a locally owned and operated family business on the South Island’s West Coast. Allan and Michelle have owned the business since September 2020.
Allan was born and raised in Greymouth so is a real Wester Coaster. He started his working life in his Father’s bakery in Greymouth throughout his career his baking background took him to many parts of the world including Hokitika, Blenheim, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore (2), Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Indonesia, London and Philippines.
Allan also loved his sport mainly cricket and rugby, when he gave the game away, he went onto join the West Coast referees, during his time overseas he refereed in Singapore he went onto referee tournaments in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.
Michelle was born and raised in the Philippines who is used to living in a busy city life, but it all changed when my husband and I got to live here in Franz Josef New Zealand.
She said:I get to enjoy the beauty of nature like the trees in the forest especially the moss on it that shows the age of the trees. The sound of the birds, the waterfalls you get to see from the mountains snow and ice on the glaciers like icing on a cake especially in the winter time.
Another highlight is the helicopter rides with the landing on the snow in the mountains, the food in the restaurants of Franz Josef.
I consider myself lucky to get to live in a small paradise called Franz Josef.