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Hostel Details & Location

Host: Mauro Giordano

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

Contact: +64 3 752 0754 Email this hostel

Reception: Winter: 8am – 8pm Summer: 7.30am – 9pm

Location 2-4 Cron Street,

Franz Josef

10 minutes' drive to Glacier


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How to get here

Find us at the end of Cron St on the left side. Free on-site parking is available. It is highly advised to carry snow chains at all times during winter.

Bus/Shuttle: All major buses and shuttles drop off/pick up at the hostel. Chat to reception for bookings.
Airport: Our nearest airport is in Hokitika; we recommend arranging a shuttle or rental car ahead of time.
Train: The TranzAlpine runs from Christchurch to Greymouth daily. Catch a bus from Greymouth to Franz Josef.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

YHA Franz Josef is a high quality hostel offering comfortable and modern backpacker accommodation, with the West Coast rainforest right outside the backdoor (or your balcony!).

With our sociable common areas and clean, comfy rooms, this is the perfect hostel to take in the sights of the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers on the South Island’s wild and wonderful West Coast. It's one of several YHA hostels powered by renewable energy (check out the sweet array of solar panels as you arrive), so you can feel good about minimising your impact on the beautiful environment around you while you stay.

Nestled into a stunning backdrop of rainforest and mountain views, YHA Franz Josef includes a spacious fully equipped kitchen, TV lounge with flat screen TV and free DVDs, open plan lounge/dining room with pool table and open fire, laundry/drying room, picnic area, BBQ, travel desk, free sauna and 2GB per day of free WiFi!

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Guests love:

  • Communal lounge
  • Sauna
  • 2GB free WiFi per day
  • Pool table
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry facilities

Shared facilities:

  • 2GB free WiFi per day
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Sauna
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Recycling stations
  • Laundry facilities
  • Drying room
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Pool table
  • Guitar
  • Library
  • Communal TV
  • Games available


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

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Union Pay
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our top picks for Franz Josef:

  • Explore the glaciers with a heli hike or scenic flight - we can book on your behalf
  • Relax in the Glacier Hot Pools
  • Look for the rare white herons at nearby Okarito Lagoon
  • Snap perfect mirror image photos at Lake Mapourika and Lake Matheson
  • Night time native kiwi walks in Okarito
  • Detox and rejuvenate yourself in our complementary sauna!

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