Franz Josef has grown from a small mountain town, near the eponymous glacier, to a place with the most adventure activities in New Zealand. You can hike to the glacier in half a day or a full day, go to the glacier by helicopter, or take scenic flights around it. The hostel is on the edge of the forest and has a mountain cabin style with fireplace, sauna access, a spacious living room and 2 kitchens. Also, it's a stop for all buses and transportation services that go through Franz Josef.
The Chateau Franz is one of the most popular backpacker accommodations in Franz Josef. It offers free use of the spa, a free soup and a fireplace. Accommodation options are varied. You can sleep in a room with up to six bed, an individual room or family cabins.