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YHA Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 Hostel   |   2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)   |  
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“Loved it, great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

This is an amazing hostel, the location is wonderful even though that the town is not that big and is mainly there because of the Glacier itself.
The Kitchen was huge and well equiped, the living room was so comfortable with a big open fireplace, which is good after a long day trekking.
They have a sauna which is amazing also.
All in all this is a brillant Hostel.

  • Liked — The look externally, log cabin
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2006

Franz Josef is a strange little town with a variety of hostels & hotels for those visiting the glacier. I stayed at the YHA for 2 nights and it was great. The staff were quite helpful, the room was comfortable but freezing! I'm all for saving energy but when it's in the minus figures it'd be better for the heating in the bathrooms and bedrooms to remain on low. A one bar heater going off every 30 minutes is a pain! The communal areas are the selling point for this hostel. The kitchen is a good size & well equipped. The lounge has a huge log fire and plenty of sofas which are great to cosy up in after a day trekking up the glacier. Made some good friends there in my short stay. Hostel was full of all ages and nationalities. Highly recommended!

  • Liked — The log fire & sofas
  • Disliked — Poor heating
  • Tips/Secrets — Test your fitness climbing the glacier
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2006

I spent one night in a double room in this YHA in May of 2006. This YHA is above average in cleanliness and the facilities that it offers and is completely wheelchair accessible.

The kitchen is huge and the adjoining dining area and lounge is cozy. There is a nice big fire place to cosy up to during those rainy/chilly days. The hostel was quite full when I was there, and seemed to be very popular with families.

My double room was very comfortable, although there was no view to speak of and many of the doors down the hallway closed noisily.

All in all, this is a great place to stay in Franz Josef, and I recommend that you consider it when your travels bring you to this teensy little town.

Chris =)

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about YHA Franz Josef

Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Specialty lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — YHA Franz Josef 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Franz Josef Glacier Yha Hotel Franz Josef

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