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Certificate of Excellence
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 4 star Gold Qualmark-rated backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting. Our convenient location, well-equipped communal areas, and lively atmosphere are what make us popular with our guests. Our hostel is set back just behind the main street, a short stroll from the heart of the village and only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Fox Glacier is just 30 minutes drive away. The large open-plan lounge and dining area features extras like a fireplace, piano, guitar, board games, pool table, and more. 2GB free WiFi per day helps our guests stay connected to friends and family at home. Our TV room is well-stocked with free DVDs and we even have popcorn! The kitchen and laundry are fully-equipped for your convenience, and the sauna is just an added bonus after a day exploring the glaciers.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
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Accessible rooms
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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As a family of 4, with two children of ages 11 and 7, we found our stay at Franz Joseph YHA very comfortable. The location of the hostel makes it easy to access all the local attractions and shops. The rooms are clean and provide good space. The facilities are clean, well
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We booked here because all other accommodation was fully booked. Things have sure changed in 40 years since our backpacking days! The rooms were good, especially if u get the right size for your group (5+ bunks, mixed sex, you’re going potluck, I’m afraid). The kitchen
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi There, Thank you for leaving us such a great review. Its awesome to hear we super- exceeded your expectations! ' I am really happy you enjoyed all our facilities and I hope you will come visit us again. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Georgie Gater - Assistant Manager
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The hostel facilities are nice and the kitchen is very spacey. The staff is very kind and helpful, the best staff I’ve met in YHA hostels. The rooms are clean and proper, only thing is that there are not many places to charge your phone and the wifi is very limited. Our first
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Valittaja, I am so happy you had such a great stay with us. To hear you found our staff to be the best you have met in YHA hostels is awesome! We are really lucky to have such a great team and they will be thrilled when I pass on your review to them. I am sorry you had a snorer in your room, if you come stay with us again we have free earplugs at reception. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Georgie Gater - Assistant Manager
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It’s big and a bit noisy, but very clean with friendly staff and good facilities. Definitely worth it if it’s the price range you’re looking at. Several bus pickups for tours also appear to stop there. Not far from the center (food, I-site, etc.).
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef
Responded 11 Feb 2019
Hi there, Thanks for your review. We're glad to hear you found our hostel to be clean and our staff to be friendly. Hope you made the most of your time in Franz Josef and we look forward to seeing you soon! Kind regards, Mauro Giordano - Hostel Manager
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We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed ourselves. I think we stayed approx 30 years ago when it was a bit smaller. I remember the large stone fireplace and large lounge. We spent most of our time outdoors as we were lucky with the weather. Very good information about walks and
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef
Responded 21 Jan 2019
Hi there, Thanks a lot for your review. It's great to hear you stayed with us so many years ago and that you had the chance to visit us again! We hope you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again soon :) Kind regards, Mauro Giordano - Hostel Manager
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Is this accommodation suitable for 1 adult and 3 children ages 12,14,16?
Absolutely. It was a nice mix of all ages when I was there.
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"Depends of your wishes but the ensuite was very comfortable and you look out onto the bush"
"Spacious and clean ."
"If you are in a group of four go for the family room"
"The wireless internet signal was weak in the triple beds room"
"Excellent place"
US$36 - US$89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Franz Josef Glacier YHA
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)Franz Josef
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