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Alpine Glacier Motel
8.8 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,106 reviews
8.8

Alpine Glacier Motel is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as a Jacuzzi. It also provides laundry facilities, an express check-in and check-out feature and luggage storage.

Rainforest Retreat
8.8 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

ExcellentBased on 2,199 reviews
8.8

Providing a sauna, Rainforest Retreat is situated in Franz Josef and is a short walk from Glacier Hot Pools. It provides 4-star accommodation and views of the garden.

Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef
9.4 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,023 reviews
9.4

Aspen Court Franz Josef is situated on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this contemporary motel features include a 24-hour reception, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Yha Franz Josef
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

ExcellentBased on 610 reviews
8.8

Featuring a sauna, YHA Franz Josef is situated in Franz Josef and offers modern accommodation. It also provides a 24-hour reception, bicycle rental and 24-hour room service.

The Terrace
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

ExcellentBased on 618 reviews
8.8

Offering free wireless internet access in all areas, Terrace Motel is situated in Franz Josef and is a five-minute stroll from Glacier Hot Pools. It has 4-star rooms with views of the mountains.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
8.5 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

ExcellentBased on 558 reviews
8.5

Located in Westland National Park, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is an easy drive from Fox Glacier and provides free private parking on site. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

Tips for booking a Franz Josef Glacier hotel

Cheapest month:July
Most expensive month:December
Average price in Franz Josef Glacier:€101/night
Absolute cheapest price found:€12/night
Cheapest day:Tuesday
Most expensive day:Sunday
€45 - €152
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
€44 - €133
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

Top Rated Franz Josef Glacier hotels

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The Terrace
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Offering free wireless internet access in all areas, Terrace Motel is situated in Franz Josef and is a five-minute stroll from Glacier Hot Pools. It has 4-star rooms with views of the mountains.

2
Yha Franz Josef
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Featuring a sauna, YHA Franz Josef is situated in Franz Josef and offers modern accommodation. It also provides a 24-hour reception, bicycle rental and 24-hour room service.

3
Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef
9.4 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Aspen Court Franz Josef is situated on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this contemporary motel features include a 24-hour reception, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

4
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
8.5 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Located in Westland National Park, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is an easy drive from Fox Glacier and provides free private parking on site. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

5
Rainforest Retreat
8.8 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Providing a sauna, Rainforest Retreat is situated in Franz Josef and is a short walk from Glacier Hot Pools. It provides 4-star accommodation and views of the garden.

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Rainforest Retreat
8.8 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Providing a sauna, Rainforest Retreat is situated in Franz Josef and is a short walk from Glacier Hot Pools. It provides 4-star accommodation and views of the garden.

€11
Avg. per night
Yha Franz Josef
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Featuring a sauna, YHA Franz Josef is situated in Franz Josef and offers modern accommodation. It also provides a 24-hour reception, bicycle rental and 24-hour room service.

€16
Avg. per night
Alpine Glacier Motel
8.8 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Alpine Glacier Motel is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as a Jacuzzi. It also provides laundry facilities, an express check-in and check-out feature and luggage storage.

€51
Avg. per night
The Terrace
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Offering free wireless internet access in all areas, Terrace Motel is situated in Franz Josef and is a five-minute stroll from Glacier Hot Pools. It has 4-star rooms with views of the mountains.

€56
Avg. per night
Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef
9.4 Excellent

0.6 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Aspen Court Franz Josef is situated on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this contemporary motel features include a 24-hour reception, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

€74
Avg. per night
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
8.5 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Located in Westland National Park, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is an easy drive from Fox Glacier and provides free private parking on site. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

€75
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in Franz Josef Glacier

3 stars

€51 - €74

No. 1 most popular

€74
Avg. per night

Best value

€51
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

€56 - €75

No. 1 most popular

€75
Avg. per night

Best value

The Terrace
8.8 Excellent
€56
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Franz Josef Glacier

About Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef is positioned within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park and is world-famous for being the gateway to the iconic Franz Josef Glacier. The Waiho River courses past Franz Josef, where you’ll find breweries, restaurants, hot spas and unique outdoor adventures.

Things to do

You can’t visit Franz Josef without experiencing the 12-kilometre-long temperate maritime glacier called Franz Josef Glacier. You can embark on guided and self-guided walks up and onto the glacier or ride in a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view. If you’re lucky, you might even get to walk through ice tunnel passageways.

For a slightly different view of New Zealand’s scenery, drive about 10 minutes to Lake Mapourika, which formed during the last Ice Age. It features an unusually dark water colour produced by fresh rainwater, which runs into the lake through the surrounding forests. You can also embark on a Tatare Tunnels Walk from the town centre, which takes you through dense forest and early-20th-century bedrock mining tunnels.

Get up close with unique New Zealand wildlife at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, home to kiwi birds and tuatara lizards. You can take a self-guided walk through the natural bush enclosures or organise a backstage pass to see the hatching and incubation programs.

Don’t forget to spend some time hanging out around Franz Joseph’s lively town centre. It’s filled with alluring restaurants, such as the rustic Alice May and The Landing, renowned for its cocktails. If you need a cold one, head to SnakeBite Brewery to try locally-crafted beer. Purchase unique souvenirs from Te Koha Gallery and grab a coffee and snack at Blue Ice Cafe.

Getting around

Franz Josef is accessible by car, or you can take a bus from Christchurch, Wanaka and Greymouth. You can walk around the centre of town, but will need a car or a tour to explore further afield.

Franz Josef Glacier travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Franz Josef Glacier?

    One of the most popular hotels in Franz Josef Glacier is Rainforest Retreat, which has been reviewed by 2,199 users and currently has a rating of 8.8/10. Other top-rated locations include Yha Franz Josef and Chateau Backpacker & Motels, which have received 8.8/10 and 7.9/10 ratings from our users, respectively.