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YHA Franz Josef for Groups


YHA Franz Josef is in one of the world’s most beautiful National Parks - the perfect location for those wanting to explore the glaciers, rainforest or rivers. We're located in the township with easy access to all that Franz Josef and the West Coast have to offer.


Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes:

  • A choice of three cereals
  • Fruit
  • Toast and spreads
  • Tea, coffee and fruit juice

Free booking service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including:

  • Interislander and Bluebridge ferries
  • Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains
  • InterCity coach travel and local shuttle services

Get in touch

Contact YHA Franz Josef's Groups Coordinators: [email protected] or phone 03 752 0754. Or contact our National Group Coordinators: [email protected] or phone 0800 278 299.

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Hostel Details & Location

Group Coordinator: Mauro & Georgie

Check in: 2:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 3 752 0754 Email this hostel

Reception: 9:00 am – 6:45 pm,

Location: 2-4 Cron Street,

Franz Josef

10 minutes' drive to Glacier


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How to get here

Nestled against the backdrop of the West Coast rainforest, YHA Franz Josef is the perfect base for groups to explore and discover the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers or go Kiwi-spotting on Okarito Lagoon.

We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!


The hostel has free off street parking for cars and vans. There is free bus parking available at the community hall opposite the hostel.


All major companies stop at our front door. They will also pick up from the door upon request.


The nearest airport is in Hokitika, approximately 2 hours drive north of Franz Josef. Flights are available into Hokitika from Christchurch daily. Car rentals are available in Hokitika. There is no scheduled bus service from the airport; talk to your Groups Coordinator about arranging a shuttle/bus for you.


The TranzAlpine travels from Christchurch to Greymouth daily. A daily bus service meets the train and arrives in Franz Josef late in the afternoon. Alternatively talk to your Groups Coordinator about organising your own private transport.

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Great for groups:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Breakfast options
  • Towel hire
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Communal dining area
  • Bed linen included
  • Luggage storage options
  • Secure bedrooms
  • Free booking service
  • Solar powered

Shared facilities:

  • 5GB free WiFi per day
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Recycling stations
  • Laundry facilities
  • Drying room
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access
  • Electric Vehicle charging

Entertainment and activities:

  • Pool table
  • Guitar
  • Library
  • Communal TV


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • HI bookings
  • Hair dryers
  • Towel hire
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hostel capacity

YHA Franz Josef can cater for up to 115 people across 36 rooms.

Shared rooms

  • 1 x 10 bed multishare room
  • 1 x 6 bed multishare room
  • 5 x 5 bed multishare rooms
  • 5 x 4 bed multishare rooms

Shared single sex bathroom facilities are conveniently located near the bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $2.

Private rooms

  • 13 x twin and double rooms
  • 9 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities

These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Safety & Security

Safety and security is a top priority at YHA. You can download our Group Health & Safety information for your planning resources or school board approvals.

We can also supply a copy of our COVID 19 hostel control measures for each alert level and our Worksafe COVID 19 Safety Plan. Or see our current COVID 19 alert level actions. 

All bedrooms require a key for entry. A door code is required to access the hostel outside of reception hours.

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