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 big flat screen TV and free DVDs, open plan lounge/dining room with a pool table and open fire, laundry/drying room, picnic area, BBQ, travel desk, free sauna and 2GB per day of free WiFi!
"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
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.
All the major transport companies stop at our front door. They will pick up here as well upon request.
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.
The Tranz Alpine travels from Christchurch to Greymouth daily. Daily bus service meets the train and arrives in Franz Josef late in the afternoon.
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.
YHA Franz Josef can cater for up to 110 people across 39 rooms.
Room types available are:
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Contact YHA Franz Josef's Groups Coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
All major companies stop at our front door. They will also pick up from the door upon request.
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.
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.
The hostel has free off street parking for cars and vans.
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.