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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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8. Glenfern Villas
Located 3km 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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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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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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