Backpacker Hostels in Franz Josef, New Zealand

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Get to know Franz Josef (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Franz Josef. To help you make friends with Franz Josef before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Franz Josef is also named and spelled Franz Josef Glacier - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Get to know Franz Josef (no more

Every second building in Franz Josef caters to the tourism industry -- should the glacier melt away one day, so will the village. On one hand, it's a bit sad to have absolutely no local flair, but on the other hand, it's quite convenient. Ways are short, and everything's easy to find. Unfortunately there isn't much in terms of shops to stock up on supplies, so it's best to bring in everything you need while staying at a Franz Josef hostel. Though touristy, the village has a nice atmosphere to it and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and crisp fresh air. The main draw isn't the village itself, but the nearby glacier and there are plenty of tour operators that will happily take people there on foot or in a helicopter. There are also opportunities for kayaking and plenty of tracks for unguided walks. You might get hungry from all the strenuous outdoor activities, and you will find quite a decent selection of restaurants in town.

When it comes to Franz Josef hostels, there are a few places and they are all next-door neighbours in the village -- they differ in size and a bit in price and a lot in what they have to offer. All accommodation are next door neighbours right in the village. Some of the hostels are frequented by tour buses whilst others solely cater to independent travelers. No matter what, advanced bookings at Franz Josef hostels are highly recommended, as places do fill up at all times of the year. For people arriving late in the evening, it's best to let the hostel know in advance, as they all have limited reception hours, closing as early as 6 p.m.!

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FAQ about Franz Josef Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Franz Josef. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Franz Josef. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 5 Hostels in Franz Josef. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
YHA Franz Josef is the best hostel in Franz Josef for groups. compares prices for 5 hostels in Franz Josef, New Zealand.

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Rainforest Backpackers Retreat is the best rated hostel for partying in Franz Josef.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Franz Josef

Your Packing List for Franz Josef

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Franz Josef and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Franz Josef Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Franz Josef, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$17 Average dorm price
$17 Cheapest hostel in Franz Josef
Chateau Backpacker & Motels is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Franz Josef
Rainforest Backpackers Retreat is the best rated
Most Franz Josef hostels are located in
Franz Josef Glacier
9.1 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Franz Josef - from the Community

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