YHA Franz Josef

Description

With the West Coast rainforest right outside the backdoor, YHA Franz Josef is a high quality hostel offering comfortable and modern backpacker accommodation. YHA Franz Josef 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. 

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. YHA Franz Josef 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, wireless internet and a FREE sauna!

YHA Franz Josef has a limited number of camping sites available throughout the year. Please phone the hostel direct to determine availability and price. (Please note, these sites are suitable for 1-2 man tents only.)

This hostel has some pretty special extras: FREE popcorn anytime!

Quote

"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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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • Sky TV
  • TV Room
  • WiFi
  • 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

  • (Dec 11th - Dec 11th) Dave Dobbyn says that since day one, he has had a tune in his head. He'd be twiddling the dial on the radiogram, "travelling the world in music". Dobbyn has written the soundtrack to kiwi lives, with a string of hits ... NBS Theatre
  • (Dec 17th - Dec 17th) Ex-Dunedin punk-rock,etc band Blistering Tongues are touring the South Island in celebration of their 21st anniversary and you are invited! If you like original, dance-able, mosh-able, feel good music then this will be a ... Karamea Village Hotel
  • (Dec 20th - Dec 20th) Ex-Dunedin punk-rock,etc band Blistering Tongues are touring the South Island in celebration of their 21st anniversary and you are invited! If you like original, dance-able, mosh-able, feel good music then this will be a ... Barrytown Hall
  • (Dec 26th - Dec 28th) Interislander Summer Festival race days are renowned for being the perfect place to relax. Swap your high heels and suits for shorts and jandals, gather the kids and come along. From the moment you arrive until the ... Westport Racecourse
  • (Dec 28th - Dec 28th) Devilskin + City of Souls + Stonehurst. Devilskin will tour their explosive live set throughout New Zealand this summer from December 8 - January 21st. The tour, presented by The Rock will support Devilskin’s third ... Regent Theatre
  • (Dec 29th - Dec 29th) Dunedin surf - rock trio Koizilla, are pleased to announce the release of their debut EP 'Blunder Brother'. After winning OUSA Battle of the Bands, 'Blunder Brother' was recorded at Radio1 with house engineer Steven ... The Hard Antler
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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

 

 

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.

Find out more!

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

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.

Find out more about accommodation for groups across the YHA Network.  

 

 

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 Galciers 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. 

 

 

Contact us!

Would you like a quote for your stay? Complete our booking enquiry form: Enquire now

Have questions? YHA Franz Josef's Groups Coordinator: franzjosef@yha.co.nz  03 752 0754

Travelling elsewhere in New Zealand? Get in touch our National Groups Coordinators, Rod and Saskia: book@yha.co.nz    0800 278 299