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What to do in Franz Josef

The Franz Josef Glacier Township is a real gem, nestled between the countries highest mountains and the wild Tasman Sea we are at the heart of pioneer country.

There are loads of things to do in Franz Josef (including skydiving!), here are a few of our top things to do, places to stay & eat at while in town

Where to stay

Stay tuned for more awesome places to call home while in Franz Josef

Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat Franz Josef GlacierRainforest Retreat has a great variety of rooms & rates to suit pretty much any traveller.

Grab dinner at the Monsoon bar & restaurant located on site with it's diverse menu featuring

the usual Kiwi suspects like Lamb Shanks along with some tasty Asian food - one of our

favourites being the Laksa - yum!


Chateau Franz

Chateau Franz Josef Glacier

At Chateau Franz Backpackers you will receive a unique West Coast experience and true West Coast

hospitality in a friendly, fun environment. The many accommodation options range from backpacker dorms,

doubles and twins with shared facilities, modern double units with tea/coffee making, own bathrooms, TV

and views, and Queen/twin Studio Motels TV as well as a two bedroom family unit sleeping 5 persons. Free Hot Soup in the Winter.


Top Ten Franz Josef

Top 10 Franz Josef Book a Skydive

Top 10 Franz Josef is located 2 minutes drive from our office.  They have everything from tent spots to motel rooms.

'Every type of budget accommodation under the sun' - Top 10.

Our favourite thing about Top 10 Franz is the trampoline and go carts! Hours of fun for kids of all ages.



Glacier View Motel

Glacier View Motel Franz Josef Book a Skydive

Glacier View Motel is just 2km north of Franz Josef Village.  Relax at this lovely motel during your stay in Franz.

Bruce & Sue will give you a warm welcome and look after you during your stay.






There's plenty to keep you entertained while in Franz Josef.  Hike on the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.  Join Ben & Wayne from Glacier Country Kayaks

for a guided tour of Lake Mapourika.  Try your hand wood carving or flax weaving at the Te Koha Gallery.  Get stuck in with the guys at

Across Country Quad Bikes on one of their high octane trips.  After all the excitement of Franz in the daytime take some time out at the Glacier Hotpools

to unwind before the sun rises over Glacier Country and the adventure starts all over again.


Where to Eat & Drink

The Landing Bar & Restaurant - Lots of yummy food to choose from and a great outside deck to enjoy it on.  Quiz night every Monday night!

Full of Beans Cafe - Our next door neighbours do good cake! They have a choice selection of counter food and a hot menu to get you salivating.

Aviators Cafe - Just over the road from us, Aviators have heaps of tempting food to choose from for your lunch.  We love their frappes!

Alice May - A warm and friendly place to enjoy an evening meal with a rustic West Coast feel & the food to match.

Blue Ice Bar & Restaurant - At the top end of the main street, Blue Ice provides a quality a la carte dining experience.  Don't miss their pizzas!

Monsoon Bar & Restaurant - As mentioned above, Monsoon is part of Rainforest Retreat - We can be found there every Tuesday night playing

limbo to give away a 2 for 1 skydive.



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