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2-4 Cron Street PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 09/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 17 Specialty lodging in Franz Josef
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YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 4 star Gold Qualmark-rated backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting. Our convenient location, well-equipped communal areas, and lively atmosphere are what make us popular with our guests. Our hostel is set back just behind the main street, a short stroll from the heart of the village and only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Fox Glacier is just 30 minutes drive away. The large open-plan lounge and dining area features extras like a fireplace, piano, guitar, board games, pool table, and more. 5GB free WiFi per day helps our guests stay connected to friends and family at home. Our TV room is well-stocked with free DVDs and we even have popcorn! The kitchen and laundry are fully-equipped for your convenience, and the sauna is just an added bonus after a day exploring the glaciers.
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Free parking
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Hiking
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dmstann wrote a review Jun 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand
First time staying at the YHA in Franz. Like other YHA accomodation, this had both private and public rooms. Staff was accomodating and friendly. Living room featured a fireplace and pool table. We appreciated have a very large kitchen and dining area. We would stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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cheekynandos wrote a review Apr 2021
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Had a fantastic stay at the YHA Franz Josef. The facilities were great and the rooms were super clean. Georgie was so friendly and helpful and managed to find me a heli hiking trip. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from YHA New Zealand, Owner at YHA Franz Josef
Responded May 2, 2021
Hi There, Thank you for your great review! I am so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and I hope to see you again soon. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Georgie Gater - Acting Manager
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Crystal wrote a review Apr 2021
I found this to be better than a lot of motels/hotels I've stayed at, very clean and spacious room, quiet also. Georgie at reception was very informative and helpful regarding things to do around town and the hostel itself. She let me check in early which I was really appreciative of and was just in general an amazing host. The wifi actually works, wifi can be very iffy around Franz Josef. They are also eco friendly with energy use. If I come back I would much rather stay here over any of the other options around (I have stayed with a couple others).
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from YHA New Zealand, Owner at YHA Franz Josef
Responded Apr 11, 2021
Hi There, Thank you for your awesome review! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay and our facilities. I hope your had an amazing time visiting our little town and we see you again soon. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Georgie Gater - Acting Manager
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MachineDDW wrote a review Mar 2021
County Cork, Ireland
The staff are really friendly and helpful, the beds are comfy, the kitchens phenomenal, the large common area means it's really easy to chat with fellow travellers, and they've a large movie room for when you return from hikes and want to relax. I always love coming back here!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from YHA New Zealand, Owner at YHA Franz Josef
Responded Apr 11, 2021
HI There, Thank you for your awesome review! I am so happy to hear you always enjoy your stays with us. I look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Kind Regards, Georgie Gater - Acting Manager
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Escape750578 wrote a review Feb 2021
Clean and tidy hostel with spacious shared kitchen and living areas and convenient location. This was also helped by the fact that it was very quiet at the time of our stay with only a few other guests. This was quite nice as it made for a very chill and laid back atmosphere and meant there was plenty of space to spread out and make yourself at home. Georgie who was working at reception was the most friendly and welcoming to us and was also super knowledgeable and filled with heaps of useful tips and suggestions which helped us make the most of our stay and our following journey to Wanaka. Thank you so much! Our private twin room with ensuite was also very nice with comfortable beds and heaps of space to move around and repack and store bags (more spacious than in similar rooms at other YHAs). Felt very safe and secure staying here. Thanks for an excellent stay!
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from YHA New Zealand, Owner at YHA Franz Josef
Responded Feb 21, 2021
Hi, Thank you very much for your lovely review. We're thrilled to hear you had an awesome stay with us and hope your time in Franz Josef was memorable! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Mauro Giordano - Hostel Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$45 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
franz josef glacier yha hotel franz josef
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Franz Josef Glacier YHA
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
NUMBER OF ROOMS
37
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Frequently Asked Questions about YHA Franz Josef
Which popular attractions are close to YHA Franz Josef?
Nearby attractions include Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.1 miles), Te Koha Gallery (0.09 miles), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at YHA Franz Josef?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at YHA Franz Josef?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at YHA Franz Josef?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to YHA Franz Josef?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR, and Monsoon Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at YHA Franz Josef?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is YHA Franz Josef located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Franz Josef.
Are any cleaning services offered at YHA Franz Josef?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to YHA Franz Josef?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (7.0 miles).
Is YHA Franz Josef accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.