YHA Franz Josef

Description

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 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 offers backpacker accommodation comprising of shared, double, twin (some with ensuite bathrooms) and family rooms. Hostel facilities include a spacious fully equipped kitchen, TV lounge with Sky TV, flat screen TV and free DVDs, open plan lounge/dining room with piano and open fire, bike storage, laundry/drying room, pool table, picnic area, BBQ, travel desk, 2GB per day of free wireless internet, and a FREE sauna!

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"YHA Franz Josef is probably the best budget accommodation in the area: very modern, well run and airy, with a spacious kitchen, clean comfortable rooms, BBQ area and all the expected facilities." -The Rough Guide to New Zealand

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By Car:

The hostel is at the south end of Cron Street which is one street off the main road. From the village turn by the petrol station onto Condon Street. Turn right on to Cron and the hostel is at the end of the road on the left. Car parking is available.

Please note: it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times in the winter months.

By Bus/Shuttle:

All the major transport companies stop at our front door. They will pick up here as well upon request.

By Plane:

The nearest airport is in Hokitika which is about 2 hour’s drive north of Franz Josef. Flights are available into Hokitika from Christchurch daily. Car rentals are available in Hokitika. There is no scheduled public transportation from the airport.

By Train:

The Tranz Alpine travels from Christchurch to Greymouth daily. Daily bus service meets the train and arrives in Franz Josef late in the afternoon.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Cot Available On Request
  • Drying Room
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool Table
  • Recycling Stations
  • Sauna
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Sky TV
  • Street Parking
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 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.

Events

  • (Jan 25th - Jan 25th) Under the baton of David Bremner (principal trombone NZSO, conductor of Wellington Brass, the champion band of New Zealand), the 2018 National Youth Brass Band presents "History - a celebration of 200 years of brass ... NBS Theatre
  • (Jan 27th - Jan 27th) Christchurch-based indie rockers Salad Boys are touring NZ this Jan/Feb to celebrate the release of their second LP 'This Is Glue'. The LP will be released thru US label 'Trouble In Mind' and will be available in limited ... Barrytown Hall
  • (Jan 29th - Jan 29th) Donovan's Store
  • (Feb 4th - Feb 4th) Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before. Gold Trail is an amazing ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search ... Shantytown
  • (Feb 7th - Feb 7th) Flora Knight and Sean Donald are from different corners of the world. She’s a fiddle player from New Zealand who has previously played with The Eastern and The Lone Pine Specials. He's a guitar-picker raised in ... Old Lodge Theatre
  • (Feb 8th - Feb 8th) Baroque Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an enchanting concert with music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann featuring Baroque period dance specialist, Mareike Greb from Germany, in full period ... St Patrick’s Church
YHA Franz Josef scenic Fox Glacier easy access for groups YHA Franz Josef welcomes school and social groups YHA Franz Josef dorm room for groups

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


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Accommodation

Hostel capacity

YHA Franz Josef can cater for up to 110 people across 39 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 10 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 5 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 5 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 13 x twin and double rooms
  • 9 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities

 Contact YHA Franz Josef's Groups Coordinators: franzjosef@yha.co.nz  03 752 0754

Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 - 6 bed 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 $1.

Private rooms

Group leaders and supervisors can be accommodated in double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom 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.


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Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Free luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • Key entry for all rooms
  • TV Room & pool table
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free Wifi for group leaders
  • All bed linen included
  • Off street parking for cars and vans

Meals

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.

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Location

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 the 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!

By Car

The hostel is at the south end of Cron Street which is one street off the main road. From the Village turn by the petrol station on Condon Street. Turn right onto Cron Street and the hostel is at the end of the road on the left.

By Bus/Shuttle

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

By Plane

The nearest airport is in Hokitika which is 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 but talk to your Groups Coordinator about arranging a shuttle/bus for you. 

By Train

The Tranz Alpine 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. 

Car Parking

The hostel has free off street parking for cars and vans. 

Coach Parking

There is free bus parking about a 10 minute walk from the hostel. There is also bus parking available for $10 per night at the community hall opposite the hostel. 

 

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For multiple locations get in touch with our National Groups Coordinator, Rod: book@yha.co.nz | 0800 278 299