Chateau Backpacker & Motels

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Overview of Chateau Backpacker & Motels

Chateau Backpacker & Motels

2.0 star property

3.7/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Kitchen
  • Gym
  • Business services
8 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, 7886

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationWestcoast Wildlife Centre3 min walk
  • Popular LocationOur Lady of the Alps3 min walk
  • Popular LocationGlacier Hot Pools6 min walk

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About this area

Franz Josef Glacier

Chateau Backpacker & Motels is located in Franz Josef Glacier. Glacier Hot Pools and Fox Glacier Glow Worm Forest are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Te Wahipounamu and Murchison Glacier. Take in the nearby slopes with cross-country skiing, or try out other outdoor activities such as snowshoeing.

What's nearby

  • Westcoast Wildlife Centre - 3 min walk
  • Our Lady of the Alps - 3 min walk
  • St James Anglican Church - 5 min walk
  • Glacier Hot Pools - 6 min walk
  • Franz Josef Glacier - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • Hokitika (HKK) - 95 min drive


  • Sun Takeaway - 2 min walk
  • Full of Beans - 3 min walk
  • Alice May Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • Snake Bite Brewery - 3 min walk
  • Glasshouse - 4 min walk

About this property

Chateau Backpacker & Motels

Hostel remodelled in 2016
Take advantage of free continental breakfast, a terrace and a garden at Chateau Backpacker & Motels. For some rest and relaxation, visit the hot tub. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities, such as a library and laundry facilities.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • Free self-parking
  • Limo/town car service, tour/ticket information and a TV in the lobby
  • Barbecues, luggage storage and a front desk safe
  • Guest reviews say good things about the breakfast, overall value and helpful staff
Room features
All guest rooms at Chateau Backpacker & Motels have amenities, such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Guest reviews speak well of the overall comfort, size rooms at the property.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Showers and hairdryers
  • Communal kitchens, fridges and coffee/tea makers



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Limited on-site parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • Free off-site parking
  • Limo/town car service

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast

Things to do

  • Fitness centre
  • Hot tub

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Fridge


  • Front-desk safe
  • Library

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Business services

  • Conference space (484 square feet)
  • A meeting room


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Fireplace in reception
  • Renovated entire property – June 2016
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Hairdryer
  • Shower


  • TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Fridge
  • Shared kitchen access

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 15


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk, key retrieval


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types at the property

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

National rating

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

Property is also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Is Chateau Backpacker & Motels pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much does it cost to stay at ?

As of 20 Aug 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at on 9 Sept 2022 start from £39.39, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Chateau Backpacker & Motels?

Self-parking is free at this property; nearby parking is also free.

What time is check-in at Chateau Backpacker & Motels?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Chateau Backpacker & Motels?

Checkout is at 11:00 AM.

Where is Chateau Backpacker & Motels located?

Situated in Franz Josef Glacier, this hostel is steps away from Te Wahipounamu and Our Lady of the Alps. Westcoast Wildlife Centre and St James Anglican Church are also within 5 minutes.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Chateau Backpacker & Motels and receive a full refund?

Yes, Chateau Backpacker & Motels offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Chateau Backpacker & Motels cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 52 out of 211 reviews
5 - Excellent 25%
Rating 4 - Good. 83 out of 211 reviews
4 - Good 39%
Rating 3 - Okay. 50 out of 211 reviews
3 - Okay 24%
Rating 2 - Poor. 18 out of 211 reviews
2 - Poor 9%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 8 out of 211 reviews
1 - Terrible 4%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Four night stay
stayed for four nights, the accomodation is conveniently accessible to the centre of Franz Josef. The bed was comfortable and appropriately sized. Breakfast, albeit simple, was provided. Highly recommend for any one thinking of travelling on a budget.
Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Loved the Hospitality &Staff very informative &helpfull..Awsome Stay looking forward &happily recommend this Motel/Hotel/Backpackers...
Stayed 4 nights in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We loved having the soup on arrival, being able to have a continental breakfast included with pancakes and waffles. We like the undercover walking as it was raining and we were able to load and unload the car without getting too wet. The service was excellent.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2021

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Shared kitchen, pancakes included for breakfast and soup for dinner included
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2021