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5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Franz Josef

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Luxurious Stays in Franz Josef Glacier

A special destination like the majestic Franz Josef calls for a special place to stay. While the offering of luxury accommodation in Franz Josef is quite exclusive, what you’ll find is sure to impress. From rainforest retreats to charming B&Bs, there’s a luxury accommodation in Franz Josef to suit a range of tastes, styles and needs. We’ll go through our top picks in this list of Franz Josef luxury accommodation.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Luxury Guide to Franz Josef and 5 Franz Josef Glacier Must-Dos.

1. Te Waonui Forest Retreat

A five-star experience nestled in the glorious rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is one of the most luxurious accommodations in Franz Josef. The soundproofed rooms to the five-course degustation menu in their restaurant are just some of the features that set this accommodation apart from the rest. As for the rooms, enjoy peaceful nights’ sleep with woollen underlays and plush down bedding, while enjoying the convenience of walk-in showers (in most rooms) and a private balcony stretching out into the native forest. Either king or twin rooms are available sleeping up to a maximum of three. If all of that wasn’t enough, the complex also includes a luxury spa with a full menu of rejuvenating treatments which feel extra heavenly after a day exploring the glaciers.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat © Te Waonui Forest Retreat

2. Franz Josef Oasis

A luxury boutique hotel just a few minutes north of the Franz Josef township, Franz Josef Oasis is a fine choice of accommodation in the Glacier Country. All of the 20 luxuriously-appointed rooms are on the ground floor soaking in the views of the mountains, forest, farmland and garden of the hotel. Rooms feature special extras like your own fireplace, spa baths, extra-long beds and more. The luxury hotel also features a restaurant with a generous buffet breakfast of espresso coffee, fresh fruit, local cheese and free-range eggs. An a la carte menu is also available on an evening with New Zealand favourites like New Zealand lamb, Marlborough king salmon and South Island rib eye steak.

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Franz Josef Oasis © Franz Josef Oasis

3. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

While Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the Scenic’s five-star retreat, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is the four-star hotel experience by the same hotel group. The fabulous hotel in an enticing setting of mountain views, rainforest and manicured gardens offers three styles of rooms with flexible bed layouts. The Standard Room is your entry-level option, while the Superior Rooms and Superior Suites amp up the experience with a roomy and stylish design or a separate lounge area. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant serving hearty South Island specialities and also provides access to the nearby day spa and hot pools at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier © Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

4. Holly Homestead B&B

For a stay in Franz Josef with a bit of character and Kiwi hospitality, choose Holly Homestead. The Bed & Breakfast accommodation oozes in historical charm set in a rimu colonial homestead and decorated in “country chic” style. The adult-only accommodation offers king, queen and twin room, as well as a Deluxe Super-King room for that extra bit of luxurious flair. All rooms are kitted out with quality linen, bathrobes and slippers, while the ensuites have heated towel rails and demister mirrors. The homestead is just 1.5km (0.9 miles) out of town. See more accommodation like this in our 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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Holly Homestead B&B© Holly Homestead B&B

5. Glenfern Villas

Located 3km north of the Franz Josef township, Glenfern Villas is a peaceful venue for a couples’ getaway or family stay. The apartment-style one and two-bedroom villas have oodles of space running out to a private deck soaking in the mountain views. Each villa has a fully-equipped kitchen and free WiFi for that home-away-from-home experience. Extra facilities include bike hire, Sky TV and a children’s playground. See more motel-style accommodation in our 10 Best Motels in Franz Josef.

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Glenfern Villas © Glenfern Villas


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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