YHA Franz Josef
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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Franz Josef

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Where to Stay in Franz Josef?

Fly over a glacier, skydive over a glacier, walk on a glacier, hike to a glacier… Whatever you intend on doing in Franz Josef, which is bound to be glacier-related, save on the accommodation by staying in one of the awesome backpacker hostels in Franz Josef!

Most of the hostels in Franz Josef have generous offerings of free Wi-Fi, breakfast and even soup on an evening so you can stretch those dollars further or save them for the 7 Ways to Take on New Zealand’s Glaciers. However, there are heaps more on offer in Franz Josef like horse trekking and kayaking, so get wised up by looking at Glacier Country – Guide for Backpackers.

So here are, what we consider, the best backpacker hostels in Franz Josef!

1. Glow Worm Accommodation

Let’s not beat around the bush. Free Wi-Fi, free vegetable soup in the evenings and free breakfast are all decent draw-cards for the Glow Worm 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 spa pool, log fire and cosy TV room with free popcorn. All of this is on top of your expected backpacker hostel facilities.

Check Glow Worm Accommodation out:

Glow Worm Accommodation© Glow Worm Accommodation

2. Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat is a pretty huge accommodation complex nestled in beautiful Franz Josef rainforest. Campervan power sites and backpacker accommodation are included. As well as free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free hot tube and sauna, there are also regular pizza and beer deals at their on-site bar – one of the 9 Great Backpacker Bars in New Zealand.

Check Rainforest Retreat out:

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3. Franz Josef Montrose

Another hostel with free breakfast, free soup, free Wi-Fi and free movie and popcorn? You can count us in! Franz Josef Montrose has a good central location in Franz Josef close to all the essential services. There’s off-street parking available too – something worth noting in the busy but limited streets of Franz Josef.

Check Franz Josef Montrose out:

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4. Chateau Backpacker & Motel

Enjoy your own space in the pod dorm rooms of the Chateau Backpacker & Motel. A pull-across curtain for each dorm bed with your own individual light, USB and plug socket. Find out more about pod hostels in What are Pod Hostels (and Why You Have to Try Them in New Zealand)? Plus, this is yet another hostel in Franz Josef with a generous offering of freebies including unlimited Wi-Fi, soup, breakfast and spa pool!

Check Chateau Backpacker & Motel out:

Chateau Backpacker & Motel© Chateau Backpacker & Motel

5. YHA Franz Josef

On the edge of the rainforest, YHA Franz Josef has a stunning backdrop for your stay in Glacier Country. Relax in the free sauna or cosy up by the fire after a long day on the glaciers. YHA members benefit from free WiFi and discount. Find out more in BBH, YHA, BASE or NOMADS: What is the Best Hostel Network?

Check YHA Franz Josef out:

YHA Franz Josef© YHA Franz Josef

Author

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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