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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, hotel in Franz Josef

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Hotel in Franz Josef

Featuring free WiFi and free on-site parking, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is located on the edge of Westland World Heritage Park.

8.2
Very Good
1,038 reviews
Price from$141.79per night
The Terrace, hotel in Franz Josef

The Terrace

Hotel in Franz Josef

The Terrace offers 4-star accommodations with an on-site restaurant. Located in the center of Franz Josef, on a quiet street, The Terrace offers free unlimited WiFi and free onsite parking.

8.6
Excellent
815 reviews
Price from$99.06per night
Franz Josef Oasis, hotel in Franz Josef

Franz Josef Oasis

Hotel in Franz Josef

Opened in 2014 and offering 20 luxurious rooms with free WiFi, Franz Josef Oasis is just 10 minutes’ drive from the Franz Josef Glacier.

8.3
Very Good
161 reviews
Price from$274.90per night
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, hotel in Franz Josef

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Hotel in Franz Josef

Surrounded by natural rainforest on New Zealand's West Coast, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a short drive from Franz Josef Glacier. Guests enjoy free WiFi.

8.7
Excellent
192 reviews
Price from$472.41per night
Rainforest Deluxe, hotel in Franz Josef

Rainforest Deluxe

Franz Josef Glacier

Located in Franz Josef, Rainforest Deluxe has a bar. Providing a restaurant, the property also features a terrace, as well as a sauna and a hot tub.

9.3
Wonderful
231 reviews
Price from$251.51per night
Rainforest Retreat, hotel in Franz Josef

Rainforest Retreat

Franz Josef

Deep In the heart of west coast glacier country, Rainforest Retreat offers a range of accommodations set among lush native bush in the Franz Josef township.

8.7
Excellent
1,590 reviews
Price from$52.01per night
Glow Worm Accommodation, hotel in Franz Josef

Glow Worm Accommodation

Franz Josef

Glow Worm Accommodations is located in the center of Franz Josef and offers a range of shared dormitory rooms and private rooms with attached bathroom. Free unlimited WiFi is included.

8.7
Excellent
1,593 reviews
Price from$71.20per night
Alpine Glacier Motel, hotel in Franz Josef

Alpine Glacier Motel

Franz Josef

Featuring views of the surrounding mountains, Alpine Glacier Motel offers spacious units with smart tv, modern bathrooms, and heating.

8.6
Excellent
1,250 reviews
Price from$61.30per night
Franz Josef Montrose Backpackers, hotel in Franz Josef

Franz Josef Montrose Backpackers

Franz Josef

Franz Josef Montrose Backpackers offers free unlimited WiFi and free on-site parking. It features free access to BBQ facilities, shared kitchen and a communal lounge area with a TV.

7.9
Good
747 reviews
Price from$55.72per night
Haka House Franz Josef, hotel in Franz Josef

Haka House Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Set against a backdrop of rainforest and mountain, Haka House Franz Josef Glacier features solar hot water and power, a fully equipped shared kitchen and a guest lounge with satellite TV.

8.1
Very Good
157 reviews
Price from$67.05per night
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What Guests Said About Franz Josef:

  • 6.0

    A must see on any New Zealand itinerary, but one day is...

    A must see on any New Zealand itinerary, but one day is sufficient. Perfect for adventurous young people who like walking, not so much for older persons. The helicopter ride was bit of a rip-off as the weather closed in and we could not land on the glacier. Although they did give us a little refund, it was not up to our expectations and very expensive 20 minute ride.
    John
    Australia
  • 8.0

    Beautiful World Heritage site with exquisite natural flora...

    Beautiful World Heritage site with exquisite natural flora and fauna. The walks were amongst the most scenic and beautiful we’ve ever experienced. Only downside, which I feel needs to be more clearly explained to visitors, is that the glaciers themselves can only be seen and viewed from the lookout points if it is a clear day without low hanging cloud. We were disappointed to not actually see the Franz Josef Glacier nor the Fox Glacier from the fartherest reach of the walks. Environmentally, we were not prepared to fly/chopper to see the glaciers from the air. Nevertheless, the walks themselves are a must do, driving through the region is gob-smackingly beautiful and the walk around Lake Matheson a must see.
    Vanessa
    Australia
  • 8.0

    Our helihike was cancelled due to weather, so we did a quad...

    Our helihike was cancelled due to weather, so we did a quad bike in the rain. IT WAS AWESOME! We smiled for the entire two hours. There is a sweet chapel for quiet and reflection. We never saw the glaciers as it rained for three days straight which was so sad. The grocery and a few restaurants were enough to find something to eat.
    Amy
    United States of America
  • 8.0

    We were unlucky with the weather, as there was low cloud and...

    We were unlucky with the weather, as there was low cloud and some rain. We took a couple of walks to see the glacier from viewing points which were really good. Paths were very good, not muddy, and there were signs to explain the ecology and history.
    Jackie
    United Kingdom
  • 10

    A small town with a couple of shops and plenty pubs/...

    A small town with a couple of shops and plenty pubs/restaurants. The glacier is 7kms from the town - drive to the car park and then there’s a short walk to the viewing area - you’ll need binoculars or a long lens to truly appreciate the beauty of the glacier. Fox Glacier is 30 mins away and again there’s a pretty uphill walk to a viewing area. You can get a helicopter onto the glacier but they are $$$. Lake Mathewson is worth visiting while in Fox, park at the car park and walk 30/40 mins to the jetty. Beautiful especially at sunset but use bug spray as there are lots of midgies!
    Gillian
    United Kingdom
  • 10

    Our room was spacious and comfortable, meals were of a high...

    Our room was spacious and comfortable, meals were of a high quality, with breakfast outstanding, and all staff friendly, welcoming and efficient. When weather closed off our helicopter flights we had no problem extending our stay in the same room inspite of almost a fully booked hotel. Our experience at Scenic Franz Joseph led us to book Scenic in Dunedin and we experienced the same high quality there.
    Alan
    Australia

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  • 8.7
    Excellent · 1,590 reviews
    When we arrived the staff at reception were very friendly and we were surprised to hear that we had been upgraded to our own cabin, free of charge, instead of the double room we originally booked. The cabin was cozy and clean, perfect for 2 nights stay! Monsoon restaurant onsite was also a huge bonus with awesome food and a huge selection of gin! Rainforest Retreat was one of the highlights of our South Island road trip.
    Nicole
    New Zealand
  • 8.8
    Excellent · 625 reviews
    Very well designed and furnished was the room. All the comfort was there, even an leather sofa with a big coffee table and as surprise there was a fireplace (gas). And the patio was wonderful and straight against the rainforest. The cleanliness and comfort was excellent. The location was ideal, only few steps away from all the cafes and restaurants and the Franz Josef Glacier was only a short drive away.
    Karin
    Australia
  • 9.4
    Wonderful · 959 reviews
    Most important is the motel has a generator so we had power when a major storm closed highway in/out of Franz Joseph Glacier and knocked down power lines for more than 24 hours. Room looks new or newly renovated. Table and kitchen counters are quartz, nicer than I would expect of a motel. Kitchen has everything thing necessary to prepare meals if so desired.
    K
    Karl
    United States of America
  • From $382.63 per night
    8.8
    Excellent · 121 reviews
    Alex & Izzy really seem to enjoy what they do. Alex took great care in showing each group of guests around the facility to show everything that was available. Breakfast was ready right when we requested it. There are fancier places in Franz Josef, but we really enjoyed this place, and it's a fantastic value for the money.
    Carolyn
    United States of America
  • From $71.20 per night
    8.7
    Excellent · 1,596 reviews
    It's great to have the rooms (which are clean and well-equipped - including a fridge) open to the outside. The outdoor space is very nice, with a view on the glacier. Nice to have breakfast and soup included in the price too! Great atmosphere and friendly staff (with good advice on nearby markets).
    Arthur
    France
  • From $71.20 per night
    8.7
    Excellent · 1,596 reviews
    There was a lot of attention to detail to make it a welcoming place. Soup in the evening was great. Outdoor picnic tables, long tables in the kitchen that made it easy to meet people. Excellent staff. Definitely felt like a backpackers not a sterile accommodation that so many hostels feel like now.
    Stephanie
    Canada
  • 8.8
    Excellent · 518 reviews
    The studio had everything you needed and was very decently sized. Great bed and the bubble bath was a very nice added bonus! Located right in Franz Josef village. We did a glacier hike and just had to cross the street to the Franz Josef Glacier Guides building which was very convenient.
    Hanne
    Belgium
  • 8.4
    Very Good · 53 reviews
    Lovely cosy little "granny flat" at Franz Josef - superb location walk into town centre very easily. The hosts provided some discounts for dining out in the town and whilst the studio was tiny, there was everything we needed for a night's stay as we passed after the glaciers!
    vipenguin
    Australia
  • 9.3
    Wonderful · 231 reviews
    Loved the rainforest retreat deluxe, I wish we could stay a bit longer. We checked in a lil late but Mel at reception was so helpful and gave us directions to the sauna and spa. Such a nice room with everything you need. Will definitely stay here again
    Nadine
    New Zealand
  • 8.1
    Very Good · 999 reviews
    Amazing breakfast with pancakes and waffles ! The hostel is also in the center of Franz Josef, and the staff was very helpful. The rooms are quiet, clean and the curtains next to the beds offer some privacy. I enjoyed my short stay there !
    Clotilde
    France
  • 8.8
    Excellent · 625 reviews
    location was great and people working there were helpful and nice. 1st room was big, with a view of the glacier, and treetops but the bed was horrible. once we moved rooms the bed was comfortable and room more updated, but no view.
    Dana
    United States of America
  • 8.2
    Very Good · 1,038 reviews
    Good location. right in the centre of Franz Josef near other bars and restaurants. so very easy walking distance to everything. clean. room had views of the mountains which was nice
    Zoe
    Australia
  • From $136.71 per night
    6.6
    Pleasant · 556 reviews
    I loved the magnificent view of Franz Josef Glacier from our room. The room was clean and comfy and provided all that a basic room should provide.
    Janice
    Australia
  • 8.4
    Very Good · 939 reviews
    A comfortable and cosy place. Lovely view of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Next door to the Kiwi centre. A number of good eateries at hand.
    Rakesh
    India
  • From $198.13 per night
    8.5
    Very Good · 903 reviews
    Great Place for short stay close to Franz Josef Glacier. Simple cabines, but with all necessary comfort / possibility to upgrade to villa.
    PIOTR54
    France
  • 8.7
    Excellent · 1,590 reviews
    Fantastic location, close to the glaciers, beautiful amenities, and a rainforest sauna! Incredible way to spend 2 nights.
    Maureen
    United States of America
  • From $76.62 per night
    7.9
    Good · 749 reviews
    Nice backpacker hotel centrally located in Franz Josef. We had a room for two with private bath, everything worked fine.
    Oliver
    Germany
  • 8.2
    Very Good · 1,038 reviews
    We were upgraded to the adjoining rainforest retreat which was excellent. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend.
    Peter
    New Zealand
  • 8.4
    Very Good · 939 reviews
    Right in the heart of Franz Josef, close to shops, restaurants. Perfect view of the Glacier.
    Antony
    Australia
  • From $136.71 per night
    6.6
    Pleasant · 556 reviews
    view of the glacier
    Terry
    United States of America