Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

10 Best Family Accommodation in Franz Josef

© Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Kid-friendly Accommodation in Franz Josef

The adventure playground of Franz Josef Glacier is an amazing destination for both adults and kids alike! But where should you stay after checking out the kiwi chicks at the West Coast Wildlife Centre or exploring the glaciers if you have older kids? Well, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite family accommodation in Franz Josef to suit a range of budgets, needs and tastes. Check out our kid-friendly accommodation in Franz Josef below!

Plus, get inspiration for activities in The Guide to Franz Josef for Families and 10 Things to Do in Franz Josef Glacier.

1. Aspen Court Franz Josef

A modern motel nestled in native forest, Aspen Court Franz Josef is a quality find in the Glacier Country. The five-star motel offers two spacious units for families of four: their One and Two-Bedroom Units. Each room has all the necessities you need for a home-away-from-home experience including a kitchen, dining and lounge area and a TV. Plus, there’s free WiFi, free milk on arrival, and a continental breakfast is available to order.

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Aspen Court Franz Josef © Aspen Court Franz Josef

2. Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

By the time you’ve reached Franz Josef, you probably recognise the Bella Vista brand. Bella Vista Franz Josef offers a similar motel set-up than the rest in the chain: well-appointed, modern furnishings, and utterly practical. While the Twin Studio is a great choice for a family of three, the One Bedroom Family Unit is a popular choice with families. The full kitchen makes preparing your own meals a breeze while the spa bath in the bathroom is a welcome addition after a day in the outdoors.

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

3. Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat is a huge accommodation complex nestled in beautiful West Coast rainforest, having a room type for just about anyone. If you’re not travelling in a campervan where you can stay in the powered camping sites, then you have a choice of motel rooms sleeping up to three people or full houses/lodges with plenty of space for your tribe. Either way, you’ll have a kitchen, bathroom and oodles of space inside and out for the kids to roam. What’s more, many of the holiday houses come with board games to keep the little ones occupied. Rainforest Retreat is within walking distance of the town centre.

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Rainforest Retreat© Rainforest Retreat

4. 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 an excellent base for families. The motel, just 4km (2 miles) outside of town, is a top choice if you have your own transport, offering two-bedroom chalets and “BnB Lodgings” with self-catering facilities and a choice of garden or mountain view. The chalets are the best option for more budget-conscious families, while the BnB Lodging has breakfast included.

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JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat © JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat

5. Alpine Glacier Motel

It’s all too easy at the Alpine Glacier Motel located in the township of Franz Josef with car parking right outside your unit! Enjoy the convenience of kitchenettes in the affordable studios for families of three and four. The King Family Studio is an affordable choice for families with DVD player and movies available at reception. There is also a Two-Bedroom Apartment available for larger tribes and more home-like experience. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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© Alpine Glacier Motel

6. Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park

Holiday parks are the go-to family accommodation for a reason! At Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park, the reason could well be the number of options kids have for entertainment during your downtime, from a kids’ playground to a games room. Plus, extra facilities like a family bathroom, cot hire and a wide range of family accommodation choices helps with the challenges of a family getaway. Choose from motel rooms, units with ensuites, and camping sites with a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Note that it’s best to have your own vehicle, as the holiday park is a little out of town.

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

7. 10 Cottages

Surrounded by beautiful rainforest yet only a short walk from town, 10 Cottages offers Two-Bedroom Cottages sleeping up to seven guests. Each cottage has kitchen facilities, a private deck to enjoy views of the Franz Josef Glacier Valley, electric blankets, TVs and parking. What’s more, free unlimited WiFi is available. 10 Cottages is a great choice for an independent family holiday.

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10 Cottages© 10 Cottages

8. Glenfern Villas

Located 3km (2 miles) north of the Franz Josef township, Glenfern Villas is a peaceful venue for a family stay. The apartment-style two-bedroom villas are ideal for families with oodles of space, two levels and a private deck outside to soak in the mountain views. Each villa has a fully-equipped kitchen and free WiFi, while the complex also has bike hire and a playground.

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Glenfern Villas© Glenfern Villas

9. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

For families seeking a more luxurious hotel-style stay in Franz Josef then set your sights on the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier. The four-star hotel offers three styles of rooms with flexible bed layouts for families of three or four. The Standard Room is your more budget-friendly option, while the Superior Rooms and Superior Suites amp up the experience with a more roomy and stylish design or a separate lounge area. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, bar, private spa pools (at the nearby Te Waonui Retreat) and free WiFi. See more accommodation like this in our 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier© Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

10. Glow Worm Accommodation

Finally, families on a tight budget can find relief in some of the town’s hostels which have family rooms available with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. But book quickly, as these rooms are limited! One fine example is the Glow Worm Accommodation which offers free WiFi, free vegetable soup in the evenings and free breakfast. After a day on the glaciers, relax in the free communal spa pool or by the log fire or cosy TV room with free popcorn. See more accommodation like this in 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Franz Josef.

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Glow Worm Accommodation© Glow Worm Accommodation


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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