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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.

8.1
Scored 8.1
Very Good
Rated very good
1,017 reviews
Price from$209.36per night
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
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
865 reviews
Price from$94.36per night
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.

8.6
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
202 reviews
Price from$235.31per night
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.

8.4
Scored 8.4
Very Good
Rated very good
214 reviews
Price from$293.70per night
Rainforest Deluxe, hotel in Franz Josef

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
Scored 9.3
Wonderful
Rated wonderful
233 reviews
Price from$205.09per night
Rainforest Retreat, hotel in 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
Scored 8.7
Excellent
Rated excellent
1,635 reviews
Price from$70.77per night
Glow Worm Accommodation, hotel in 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.

8.6
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
1,783 reviews
Price from$67.82per night
Haka House Franz Josef, hotel in 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.

8.2
Scored 8.2
Very Good
Rated very good
261 reviews
Price from$51.10per night
Franz Alpine Retreat, hotel in Franz Josef

Franz Alpine Retreat is located in the heart of the Southern Alps, a 5-minute drive from Franz Josef Town. The peaceful retreat offers free parking.

8.5
Scored 8.5
Very Good
Rated very good
947 reviews
Price from$94.36per night
Aspen Court Franz Josef, hotel in Franz Josef

Surrounded by beautiful native trees and bush land, Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef offers guests free Wi-Fi. Opened in December 2013, the property offers heated rooms with a flat-screen TV.

9.4
Scored 9.4
Wonderful
Rated wonderful
929 reviews
Price from$130.04per night
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What Guests Said About Franz Josef:

  • 6.0
    Scored 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
    Scored 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
    Scored 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
    Scored 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
    Scored 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
    Scored 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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  • From $58.39 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,277 reviews
    The Alpine Glacier Motel is well situated in the Franz Josef Glacier village, within walking distance to all the eateries, the helicopter landing area and adventure booking offices. Anthony was the duty manager when we arrived and he is very professional, helpful and friendly as are all the staff there. The room was exceptionally clean and with all the necessary items for a self catering stay. Our room had a small decking out the back from which you could see the snow capped mountains. We had a wonderful and momentous stay.
    Dave
    Australia
  • From $93.18 per night
    8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 933 reviews
    location was great with the Franz Josef glacier walk about 5km away & the Fox glacier walk about 24km away. restaurants & bars were also a short walk away. helicopter flights to the glaciers were in abundance on the Main Street which was a short walk away. we did the helicopter trip to the top of Fox glacier where we were able to get out of the helicopter & on to the glacier which was amazing.
    Gerard
    United Kingdom
  • From $145.67 per night
    10
    Scored 10
    Exceptional
    Rated exceptional
     · 14 reviews
    Bernie & Gerard were magnificent hosts! They made every effort to make us feel at home and tend to our needs. Louise and I were most impressed with their highly personal engagement, beautiful home, and are especially grateful for all of their assistance and guidance during our stay. We would be delighted to stay there again should our travels ever take us back through Franz Josef.
    Don Letendre
    United States of America
  • From $235.31 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 202 reviews
    Loved the location set amongst natural rainforest but only a 5 minute walk from the cafes and restaurants in Franz Josef. Beautiful, clean, well appointed rooms and professional staff. Can't fault the place! This would definitely be our pick of hotel if we visit again.
    Nicola Evans
    New Zealand
  • From $110.28 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 865 reviews
    Easy check-in, excellent location for walking 2 mins to town center, very nice accommodation and space in Cottage #17, and an incredible view of Franz Josef from our dining room window! A frisbee golf course in town an added plus!
    Christopher
    United States of America
  • From $100.85 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 632 reviews
    We had a rainforest outside our patio doors! Excellent location for Glaciers, plenty of choice in the Main Street for food, small supermarket. The lodge was very modern, warm, comfortable, plenty of space. Bed was sooo comfy!
    Ann
    United Kingdom
  • From $67.82 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,783 reviews
    Super friendly Staff Warm soup, breakfast and popcorn just make this place unique Whirl Pool. We didn't use it but it looked like fun! Great location for Franz Josef Glacier, Kiwi Wildlife Park,... Thank you so much!
    Kimberley Danuta
    Germany
  • From $70.77 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,635 reviews
    I always enjoy staying at the Rainforest Retreat. The staff are amazing we had a good sized room the laundry is functional and the sights as well as sounds heavenly.
    Onie 6
    New Zealand
  • From $205.09 per night
    9.3
    Scored 9.3
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 233 reviews
    Rainforest Retreat is absolutely beautiful! the whole grounds are set in amongst the bush with cute little walkways everywhere and hidden gems along the trails.
    Libby
    New Zealand
  • 9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 277 reviews
    Stunning views from this small but beautiful cabin. Spotlessly clean. Can watch the sun set over Franz Josef Glacier from the deck. Very comfortable bed.
    Brenda
    Australia
  • From $93.18 per night
    8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 933 reviews
    Great place to access all the local hiking. The hotel was walking location to many of the hiking areas and all dining etc. We had a great stay!
    Sharon
    United States of America
  • From $81.39 per night
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 603 reviews
    The location was good, and there really was a view of the glacier, just not from our room. Plenty of space, loved the small kitchenette.
    Margaret
    Australia
  • From $70.77 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,635 reviews
    The location was great. Close to dining and the glaciers. Rooms was clean and felt very secluded. Staff were very friendly and helpful
    KRistenk
    United States of America
  • From $67.82 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,783 reviews
    One of the nicest hostels I've stayed at while visiting new Zealand Common area is awesome and lots of things to do around
    Oz
    Israel
  • From $110.28 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 865 reviews
    Nicely setup room with view of the glacier close to the village center.
    Robert
    Germany
  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,085 reviews
    It had a ton of amenities and was in close proximity to Franz Josef.
    Julie
    United States of America
  • 8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,015 reviews
    Clean and location near restaurants. Excellent hotel service.
    HAYLEY
    Australia
  • From $138.59 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 339 reviews
    Location and view was fab. Just slightly out of Franz Josef
    olivia
    New Zealand
  • From $81.39 per night
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 603 reviews
    great view of the glacier, good space, good kitchenette
    Kaitlyn
    Australia
  • From $144.49 per night
    9.4
    Scored 9.4
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 929 reviews
    great location for exploring the glacier area
    david
    United States of America