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4.2 out of 5

"Easy going staff, very comfortable rooms, close to everything, great breakfast and soup as well!! " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 17 Jan 2019

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Hotel Description

At Chateau Backpacker & Motels you'll be within steps of Te Wahipounamu and Our Lady of the Alps. Highlights at this hostel include free continental breakfast, free self parking, and a spa tub.

You can enjoy WiFi, TVs, and coffee/tea makers, featured in all 43 rooms. Refrigerators and hair dryers are also available.

This hostel has free WiFi in public areas, limo/town car service, and a library. Additionally, you'll find laundry facilities, a terrace, and a garden. There's also the convenience of limited parking.

With a stay at this Franz Josef Glacier hostel, you'll be 4.5 km (2.8 mi) from Franz Josef Glacier.

Backpacker Double (shared facilities)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
NZ$53* Per night/room 1 Jul. - 2 Jul.

9 Bed Dorm Ensuite

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Motel Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Double Room, Ensuite

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Backpacker Double Ensuite

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

4 Bed Dorm

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Chateau Backpacker & Motels ratings based on 20 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Chateau Backpacker & Motels

Everyone (15) Couples (2) Family (3)
4 out of 5

Posted by on 16 Mar. 2020

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5 out of 5
Easy going staff, very comfortable rooms, close to everything, great breakfast and soup as well!!

Posted by on 17 Jan. 2019

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4 out of 5
All good Enjoyed my stay Onto it staff Clean room

Posted by , from Christchurch on 26 Sep. 2018

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4 out of 5

Much better than most reviews.

I had a double room for single use with shower. It was very clean, the bed comfy, with kitchenette, outside small table with 2 chairs, for 90$. People at reception had been very friendly, helpful and provided information about tours. Social room large enough with comfy seats. Kitchen with everything needed, no difference to most good hostels I had so far In NZL. Soup in the evening and breakfast in the morning for free. I do not know the conditions within the dorms, but ac Ording to my experience many of the reviews do not describe the hostel fairly

Posted by , from Germany on 28 Jan. 2018

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5 out of 5

Cheap place and awesome location!

This place is great, even though it’s a back packers! It’s quirky and unique but clean and so cheap. You get a free continental basic breaky and free soup after 6pm each night. The scenery behind is gorgeous. I would stay here again. My husband and I had the double room with ensuite. Parking is free and the staff are friendly.

Posted by , from QLD on 9 Jan. 2018

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4 out of 5

Great price in Franz Josef

Pros: Location, price, view of the mountains and it had a good atmosphere
Cons: Keep an eye on the breaky supplies. The first day breakfast was good, the second day they were short a staff member & thus some food wasn't restocked.
Location: It is a short walk to the shops, restaurants and attractions. The thermals springs are down the street.
We booked a deluxe double room with bathroom. It was very clean and comfortable. The room was upstairs with a great view from the balcony. The bed was comfortable and the room had a tv and fridge. Free breakfast and soup at 6pm were included (get in fast for soup). We also took the opportunity to do some washing for $2. We're usually hotel goers but we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and the staff were really helpful.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 6 Mar. 2017

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3 out of 5

More backpacker than motel

Nice enough rooms, couple of 100 meters away from action, friendly staff. More geared to young backpackers than middle aged, seniors. Self serve breakfast Ok as it was free. Tailet, shower - rather basic. Fridge, heater, TV, WiFi. So no complaints but was expecting a slightly more upmarket facility.

Posted by , from sydney on 2 Mar. 2017

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4 out of 5
The place was in a great handy location, close to cafe's and restaurants and only short drive to tourist attractions. The staff was very friendly. Would reccomend

Posted by on 1 Mar. 2017

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1 out of 5

Backpackers with horrible cleanliness

We had dirty sheets. The state of the shower was disgusting. Would not recommend

Posted by on 20 Feb. 2017

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4 out of 5
Double room with ensuite. Very clean, comfy and nice and warm. Breakfast provided was very simple, cereal and toast, but was enough to get us going for the day! The fresh free soup everyday was delicious!!

Posted by on 8 Nov. 2015

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About the Chateau Backpacker & Motels

Location 8 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, 7886

Property Features

Free breakfast is served. WiFi is free in public spaces. A spa tub, a library, and a terrace are also featured at Chateau Backpacker & Motels. The hostel can provide limo/town car service and tour/ticket assistance. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A complete renovation of Chateau Backpacker & Motels was completed in June 2016. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Franz Josef Glacier hostel.

  • 43 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces) , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: Hokitika (HKK) (135.9 km / 84.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Chateau Backpacker & Motels offers 43 accommodations with shared/communal kitchens and hair dryers. This Franz Josef Glacier hostel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Hair dryer

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 8 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property.

This property does not have a front desk.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Debit cards

Hotel Names

  • Chateau Franz Franz Josef Glacier
  • Chateau Backpacker & Motels Franz Josef Glacier
  • Chateau Franz Hostel Franz Josef Glacier
  • Chateau Backpacker & Motels Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.