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Franz Josef Hot Pools – Review and Guide

Franz Josef Hot Pools – Review and Guide

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This is an unbiased review and guide to visiting the Franz Josef Hot Pools in New Zealand! We personally love these hot pools and have visited a couple of times. Here’s everything you should know before you go!

Every year thousands of tourists arrive at the town of Franz Josef to visit the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. The chance to stand on or near this glacier is one no visitor to New Zealand should miss.

However, what most people don’t know is that the glacier is not all that makes Franz Josef such an amazing place – the Franz Josef Hot Pools are also a great attraction!

During my visit to Franz Josef I had read about the Franz Josef Hot Pools but, to be honest I wasn’t sold on the idea right away. After paying $25 to visit some hot springs near Auckland and being rather disappointed, I was not so keen on spending the money to do it again.

That being said, as a blogger I must always give it a go so I can later let you (our lovely readers) know how it really was!

If you’re heading to Franz Josef and think you would enjoy relaxing in natural hot pools then this guide on the Franz Josef Hot Pools will help with everything you need to know before you go!

Franz Josef Hot Pools Overview

Are the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools nice?

The Franz Josef Hot Pools are beautiful hot springs with three different temperature pools to choose from. The facility is clean and the surrounding gorgeous make a beautiful setting.

How much do the Franz Josef Hot Pools cost?

It is $28 NZD per person for a single entry to the communal pools. Prices go up for multiple entry passes or for private pool rental.

When is the best time to visit the Franz Josef Hot Pools?

The hot pools are busiest in the evening once all of the tourists in town are done exploring for the day. The best time to visit to avoid crowds is right before the pools close, at this time there will be very few people there and it’ll be peaceful!

Can you rent a towel at the Franz Josef Hot Pools?

Yes, but you must pay extra for a towel. If you have your own, bring it!

Franz Josef Hot Pools Review

The Franz Josef main hot pools in New Zealand
Doesn’t that look inviting!

To my surprise, the Franz Josef Hot Springs are totally worth visiting. In my opinion, the Franz Josef Hot Pools are some of the most beautiful hot pools I have ever been to!

The relaxing vibe and tropical-like setting made enjoying the different temperatures on a cold night the best way to finish off a day on the Franz Josef Glacier Walk.

The main pools consisted of three different temperatures, 36, 38 and 40 degrees Celsius (97, 100, 104 Fahrenheit) so it really wasn’t hard finding the perfect temperature for me! Visiting at night was also a neat touch that I highly recommend.

From the moment you enter the Franz Josef Hot Pools, you feel as though you have entered another world, a world of luxury and tranquility.

Surrounding the pools are many native plants that blur out your surroundings and make you feel as though your miles from anywhere. The use of rocks to make natural seats added to this natural feel and the dim lights and the soft sound of running water took me to another place far away!

To put it simply, I highly rate The Franz Josef Hot Pools and would have no trouble recommending it to others. In no way is this a sponsored post for the company, nor did we gain free entry – it really is just that amazing!

Buy your entrance ticket to the Franz Josef Hot Pools online in advance!

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How much do the Franz Josef Hot Pools cost?

A lady in one of the Franz Josef Hot pools
The pools were almost empty when we visited!

The Franz Josef Hot Pools do offer a lot more than just communal pools and in fact, offer private pools as well as a range of Spa Massage treatments. Unfortunately, we only enjoyed the communal pools, however, I will list prices we noted during our visit.

Communal Pool

Entry to the communal pools was $28 NZD per person. There are all-day passes available for $5 extra, however, we were not given any time limit to our visit for the $28. My only guess is that the all-day pass allows you to leave and return! 

This pass can also be upgraded to a “Premium Pass” which included the use of a towel, bathrobe, drink, and take-home skincare package.

Private Pools

For a two-person private pool for 45 minutes, it costs $95 NZD, for 3 people $110, and for 4 people $125. To me, this pricing is really good value for how magical this place is! This can also be upgraded to a “Pamper Package” that includes a platter of food, aroma oils, and the use of towels and robes!

Spa and Massage

There were three types of massages on offer. Hot stone ($185), deep tissue ($140), and relaxation ($140). These prices are for 6o minutes and prices change depending on the length of time.

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Booking the Franz Josef Hot Pools

Bailey relaxing in the Hot pools
Bailey relaxing in the Hot pools

Bookings for private pools can be made online at The Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools website. I visited Franz Josef in the shoulder season and as such, bookings were not required. If you’re visiting in peak season then making a booking is the best way to secure your spot!

For general admission tickets, you can book your Franz Josef Hot Pools entrance pass online.

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Why I think you should go!

The Franz Josef Hot Pools, New Zealand

Despite the comments above about it being one of the best hot pools I had been to, I really believe this place puts the icing on the cake after exploring the Franz Josef Glacier. I mean hiking is hard work and hard work deserves a nice relaxing break (especially when you’re on holiday!)

The pools soothe the muscles and get you relaxed for another day of adventure visiting other New Zealand West Coast attractions such as the Blue Pools, Thunder Creek Falls or Punakaiki.

Before you go…

Thanks for reading this guide to the Franz Josef Hot Pools! I really hope you found it useful and inspired you to visit this little slice of heaven!

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them with a comment below. If not, then be sure to check out all our New Zealand travel guides here or check out these related articles below.

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