At the feet of the Southern Alps, the property has magnificent mountain views and is nestled amongst native bush, making it the ultimate base to unwind and explore from.
For backpackers, travelling families, flashpackers and campervanners – they have cheap and cheerful Dorm Rooms, Motel Park accommodation, a Holiday Camp Site and even Deluxe Tree Huts and Lodges to suit everyone’s needs and budget.
Glacier Thermal Hot Pools
If you do the Heli-Hike the entrance to the Glacier Thermal Hot Pools at the base is included in the cost, otherwise, you can pay separately.
Surrounded by rainforest, it’s the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of adventuring. There are three natural hot pools with different temperatures to suit any preferences.
They also have private spas, showers, lockers and even massage facilities onsite to make it an ultra experience.
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There are a few little bars and eateries around the township for you to take your pick, but one that I especially enjoyed eating at was Rainforest’s own on-site restaurant and bar Monsoon.
From 7-9 pm they have happy hour specials with $5 beers, house wines and cocktails which you can enjoy on their deck for sunset or in front of the cosy fireplace.
They also have an excellent dinner menu where they specialise in gourmet woodfire pizzas, and their burger was one of the biggest and best of my life!
Another great option that I frequented for lunch is The Landing (a popular spot for a drink also). Our Stray bus driver recommended it to us and they do great food there and coffee and cake.
I had their soup of the day and eggs benedict (at different times), both dee-lish.
As mentioned earlier, I would recommend staying in Franz Josef for at least two nights if you are wanting to do the Glacier Heli-Hike. The weather at the top of a mountain is super unpredictable and tours can often be cancelled at the last minute.
I was travelling the South Island with Stray’s Ron Pass – a 2-3 week route that explores the best parts of the South Island, including Stewart Island!
More information about my incredible time travelling with Stray is coming very soon on the blog, stay tuned!
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