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YHA FRANZ JOSEF - Youth hostel and family accommodation Franz Josef

YHA FRANZ JOSEF - Youth hostel and family accommodation Franz Josef

YHA Franz Josef

YHA Franz Josef – fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV and DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire.

YHA Franz Josef with fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV and DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire.

5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village.

5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village.

5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village.

YHA Franz Josef

YHA FRANZ JOSEF - Youth hostel and family accommodation Franz Josef

Special features at YHA Franz Josef that your family will love:

  • 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. 
  • Only a five minute drive to New Zealand’s famous Franz Josef Glacier and just a further 30 minutes to Fox Glacier.
  • Free sauna -  perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers.
  • Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV and DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire.
  • Full travel desk - friendly staff are able to book your transportation and activities all around New Zealand (with suggestions on the best of the best).

Offering the choice of any of their ground floor room types which includes shared, double or twin rooms. The bathroom facilities are shared and located close to the rooms, however if you wish to be close to the facilities it would pay to request this upon booking so they can confirm this for you. The bathroom includes extra wide doors, wheel-in shower, hand rail and shower seat. All facilities of this hostel are located on the ground floor which includes a TV room, lounge with fireplace, dining and kitchen facilities for added convenience.

About Franz Josef Glacier Village

Franz Josef Glacier village is an appealing alpine village surrounded by lush West Coast rainforest and mountain views and just a five minute drive from Franz Josef Glacier. Flowing almost to sea level into the dense rainforests of Westland National Park, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier are the fastest flowing glaciers in New Zealand and the only glaciers in the world located alongside a temperate rainforest with ready access. Spend a day or two exploring either or both Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers with an experienced guide or take a helicopter flight with breathtaking views of the glaciers.

The Glacier Hot Pools have recently opened in Franz Josef village; a wonderful place to relax whilst sitting in thermal hot water pools uniquely surrounded by the West Coast rainforest. Glow worms are only a short walk from the YHA Franz Josef Glacier hostel too. For those wanting to enjoy more of the beautiful West Coast scenery, they should check out the mirror-like Lake Mapourika and rare white herons at Okarito lagoon.

Top activities to do while staying in Franz Josef
  • Hike on one of the only glaciers to exist in a rainforest setting, the Franz Josef Glacier. Take a short trip down the West Coast to hike the Fox Glacier too.
  • Fly up and away on a magnificent helicopter flight over the glaciers or try heli-hiking; quad biking; horseback riding or kayaking on a pristine West Coast river.
  • Soak your cares away in Franz Josef’s Glacier Hot Pools, thermal pools in a rainforest setting.
  • Look for the rare white herons at nearby Okarito Lagoon and take picture perfect mirror image photos at the lakes of Mapourika and Matheson.
  • Night time native kiwi walks in Okarito.
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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.