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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Franz Josef

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Cheap Accommodation in Franz Josef

Franz Josef might be home to some of the world’s most accessible glaciers, breathtaking rainforests and reflective lakes, but enjoying them all isn’t exactly cheap. One way you can save money, however, is by choosing a more budget-friendly accommodation. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of our top picks for budget accommodation in Franz Josef, including motels, hostels, holiday parks and more.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Things to Do in Franz Josef and 5 Fox Glacier Must-Dos.

1. Franz Josef Montrose Hostel Lodge

Hostels are a good way to go for budget accommodation in Franz Josef and an excellent example of that is the Franz Josef Montrose Hostel Lodge. The budget accommodation offers free soup, free WiFi and free movie and popcorn depending on the season, but that’s a whole lot of free stuff that budget travellers can’t refuse. Franz Josef Montrose also has a good central location in Franz Josef close to all the essential town services. Off-street parking is also available – something worth noting in the busy but limited streets of Franz Josef. See more recommendations like this in 5 Best Backpackers in Franz Josef.

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Franz Josef Montrose Hostel Lodge© Franz Josef Montrose Hostel Lodge

2. JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

Far enough away from town to escape the hustle and bustle but close enough for convenience, Franz Josef Alpine Retreat is well worth considering. The budget accommodation 4km outside of town is a top choice for those with their own transport, offering one-bedroom units, chalets and “BnB Lodgings”, the cheapest of which eliminates self-catering facilities that the more expensive rooms have. Nevertheless, it’s not something a drive to Franz Josef’s restaurants can’t solve!

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JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat© JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

3. Alpine Glacier Motel

It’s all too easy at the Alpine Glacier Motel nestled in the township of Franz Josef with car parking right outside your unit. Enjoy the convenience of kitchenettes in the affordable studios for couples, groups of three and groups of four. The Queen Studio is your cheapest option which captures the sun but lacks the mountain views, while the King Family Studio is an affordable choice for families with DVD player and movies available at reception to keep the little ones entertained. See more like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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Alpine Glacier Motel © Alpine Glacier Motel

4. 58 On Cron Motel

An affordable motel in Franz Josef township, 58 On Cron Motel is located on one of the main streets in Franz Josef (Ok, so there aren’t many but it’s still worth mentioning, right?) There are five room types, from budget-friendly Studio Units sleeping up to three people to the King Studio Spa with a spa bath. Other facilities at the motel include a guest barbecue, Sky TV, free WiFi, car parking and a full kitchenette in every room.

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58 On Cron Motel© 58 On Cron Motel

5. Glacier View Motel – Franz Josef

With the Tartare River running alongside the motel grounds and being 2km from town, Glacier View Motel offers a tranquil retreat from the busy town centre. Although there are enough room types to make your head explode, find reassurance in the fact that all units cover more than just the basics with a shower ensuite, a TV, plunger coffee, kitchen facilities, heating and undercover parking.

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Glacier View Motel Franz Josef© Glacier View Motel Franz Josef

6. Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat is a huge accommodation complex nestled in beautiful Franz Josef rainforest. Budget accommodation comes in many forms, from “flashpacker” hostel accommodation to campervan power sites to motel rooms to houses in the forest and the list goes on. As well as free breakfast with some rooms, free WiFi, free hot tub and use of the sauna, there are also regular pizza and beer deals at their on-site bar – one of the 9 Great Backpacker Bars in New Zealand.

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Rainforest Retreat © Rainforest Retreat

7. Glow Worm Accommodation

Let’s not beat around the bush… Free WiFi, free vegetable soup in the evenings and free breakfast are all drawcards for this backpacker hostel accommodation in Franz Josef. After a day on the glaciers, Glow Worm Accommodation is on a mission to make you as warm as possible with a free communal spa pool, log fire and cosy TV room with free popcorn. As you might be interested in what rooms are available, choose from dorm rooms, private double and twin rooms with either shared facilities or ensuites, and a family room.

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Glow Worm Accommodation© Glow Worm Accommodation

8. YHA Franz Josef

On the edge of the rainforest, YHA Franz Josef has a stunning backdrop for your stay in Franz Josef. Relax in the free sauna or cosy up by the fire after a long day of ice exploring. Room types include dorm rooms, private double and twin rooms with either shared bathrooms or ensuites and family rooms with an ensuite. The eco-friendly hostel uses solar energy and offers communal facilities such as a kitchen, TV lounge, drying room, picnic area and more. YHA members benefit from free WiFi and discount. Find out more in BBH, YHA, BASE or NOMADS: What is the Best Hostel Network?

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YHA Franz Josef© YHA Franz Josef

9. 10 Cottages

Surrounded by beautiful West Coast rainforest yet only a short walk from town, 10 Cottages offers Studio Cottages with hotel-style amenities and Two-Bedroom Cottages with self-contained facilities. Each cottage has a private deck to enjoy views of the Franz Josef Glacier Valley, while the inside is kept cosy and warm year-round with electric heating, electric blankets and double glazing. What’s more, free unlimited WiFi is available.

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10 Cottages© 10 Cottages

10. Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park

Last but certainly not least, Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park provides most styles of accommodation that budget travellers are looking for. Choose from motel rooms, units with ensuites, budget cabins and camping sites with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Other facilities at the holiday park include a barbecue area, games room, children’s playground and a TV room with Sky TV.

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Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park © Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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