10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies
10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Franz Josef 🍽️ [2023]

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Self-Contained Accommodations and Stays with Kitchens in Franz Josef

Franz Josef might be all about the glaciers, vibrant rainforests and adventure activities, but what about when it’s time to refuel? If you’re the kind of traveller that prefers to be in charge of your own meals and diet, then we’ve listed some of our favourite self-catering accommodations in Franz Josef. So take a look at this list of self-contained accommodations, as well as lodgings with shared kitchens, in this list!

While you’re here, get more inspiration for your Franz Josef trip with our 25 Best Things to Do in Franz Josef.

1. Aspen Court Motel

A modern five-star motel nestled in native forest, Aspen Court Motel is a fantastic option for travellers wanting to make their own meals. The motel offers high-quality units and studios with kitchenettes (hob, microwave, toaster and kettle), as well as some ensuites having a spa bath. Each room has all the necessities most travellers need plus free WiFi, free milk on arrival, and a continental breakfast is available. What’s more, the motel has a super central location.

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Aspen Court Franz Josef© Aspen Court Franz Josef

2. Rainforest Retreat

Self-contained accommodation with kitchens, communal kitchens and an on-site bar and restaurant, Rainforest Retreat really has it all! Choose your style of accommodation, from powered campervan sites to flashpacker hostel accommodation to units, motel rooms and huts nestled in the native rainforest. Whether you’re seeking something ultra-affordable or ultra-indulgent with their “Deluxe” rooms, there’s something for everyone. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Franz Josef.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Franz Josef 🍽️ [2023]© Rainforest Retreat

3. Glenfern Villas

Located 3km (2 miles) north of the Franz Josef township, Glenfern Villas is a peaceful venue suited to those with their own transport and an appetite for making their own meals. The apartment-style one and two-bedroom villas are ideal for couples, groups and families. They have oodles of space, two levels including a full kitchen and a private deck outside to soak in the mountain views. Extra features include free WiFi, bike hire and a children’s playground. For more upscale stays like this, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Franz Josef.

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10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies© Glenfern Villas

4. Glow Worm Accommodation

Travelling on a tight budget? Check out this backpacker hostel with a communal kitchen, free vegetable soup in the evenings and free breakfast. After a day on the glaciers, there are many ways to warm back up with a free communal spa pool, log fire in the lounge and a cosy TV room with free popcorn. As for rooms, choose from dorm rooms, private double and twin rooms with either shared facilities or ensuites and a family room. See more hostels in the area in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Franz Josef.

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5. JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

Far enough away from town to escape the hustle and bustle but close enough for convenience, JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat is a peaceful place to stay. The motel just 4km (2.4 miles) outside of town is best if you have your own transport, but also if you want the flexibility of self-catering. Choose from one and two-bedroom chalets and cottages with kitchen facilities and a choice of garden or mountain view. The chalets are the best option for more budget-conscious travellers, while the chalets have more space. Note that the “One-Bedroom Units” only have breakfast-making facilities.

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10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies© JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

6. Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

By the time you’ve reached Franz Josef (and you’ve stayed in a few motels), you probably recognise the Bella Vista brand. Bella Vista Franz Josef offers a similar motel set-up to the rest: well-appointed, modern furnishings and super practical. While the “Queen Kitchenette Studio”, “Twin Studio” and “Mountain View King Studio” are a great choice for couples or a family of three wanting to make simple meals, the “One Bedroom Family Unit” has a full kitchen as well as luxurious extras like a spa bath.

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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier© Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

7. Kahere Retreat

Inspired by nature, and lapping up so much of it in stunning forest and mountain surroundings, Kahere Retreat offers gorgeous chalets for discerning travellers. Stay in one of the five handcrafted self-contained chalets, each made with locally-sourced materials and accommodating up to four guests. With rainwater supply, power from the local hydro station and using eco-brand toiletries, they are one of the most sustainably-minded accommodations in the area. For more “endearing” retreats like this, take a look at the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Franz Josef.

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10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies© Kahere Retreat

8. 10 Cottages

Surrounded by beautiful rainforest yet only a short walk from town, 10 Cottages offers “One-Bedroom Cottages” sleeping one to three guests, as well as a couple of “Two-Bedroom Cottages” sleeping up to seven. The One-Bedroom Cottages are more motel-style with a studio layout and kitchen facilities. You’ll also have a private deck to enjoy views of the Franz Josef Glacier Valley. What’s more, free unlimited WiFi is available. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Franz Josef.

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10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies© 10 Cottages

9. Franz Josef Treetops

Secluded on the edge of a small campground, yet within walking distance of town, Franz Josef Treetops is not only convenient with its own kitchen but sleeps a whole tribe. Plus, who needs to head to the hot pools when you have your own double spa baths nestled in the verdant gardens?! The three-bedroom holiday home sleeping up to six guests is modernly furnished including an open-plan kitchen and a deck complete with a barbecue. You need to check-in to this property at The Terrace, which manages it, just a short stroll away. For more alternative stays like this, check out the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Franz Josef.

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10 Best Accommodation in Franz Josef for Foodies© Franz Josef Treetops

10. Glacier View Motel

Glacier View Motel offers a tranquil retreat 2km (1.2 miles) away from the busy town centre. The Tartare River running alongside the motel grounds adds to the peaceful ambience while choosing a room type from the excessive list might feel like not such a relaxing experience. Nevertheless, find reassurance in the fact that all units cover more than just the basics with a shower ensuite, a TV, heating, undercover parking, and – to foodies’ delight – plunger coffee and kitchen facilities. See how this accommodation compares to the 12 BEST Motels in Franz Josef.

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Glacier View Motel Franz Josef © Glacier View Motel Franz Josef

More About Self-Catering Accommodations in Franz Josef

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Franz Josef, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar Franz Josef travel advice from the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Franz Josef.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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