Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools celebrates 10 years

Tourism West Coast
Oct. 24, 2018

The Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a morning of aqua yoga, massages and giveaways.

People can enter the pools with a gold coin donation, but can also add an aqua yoga class ($10 per person), a 10-minute massage ($10), a sausage sizzle ($2 per sausage) – with all proceeds going to the Franz Josef Civil Defence.

The event is on 3 November from 8am to 1pm, with aqua yoga kicking off the festivities from 8am and the pools opening to the public from 9am.

Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools Business Manager Ashley Cassin says the birthday event is about celebrating the company’s history, but more importantly about thanking the local community for their support.

“The Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools opened in 2008 with more than 100 people visiting during opening weekend. Since then we have welcomed more than 500,000 manuhiri (visitors), which is awesome.

“We are so grateful for all the aroha we’ve had from the local community in that time.”

There are three main pools and three private pools, each named by the local Māori rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, which is part of the Ngāi Tahu iwi (tribe).

The pool complex is owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, one of the leading tourism operators in Aotearoa with 14 businesses.

When the pools were built, they were weaved around the large trees and roots in the area. The development team went to great lengths to preserve the natural rainforest that surrounds the hot pools.

“The rainforest is what makes the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools a truly unique and relaxing experience,” Mr Cassin says.

The pool temperatures range from 36-40 degrees and the water comes from rain and an on-site well that taps into the Waiho River Aquifer, which is sourced from the Franz Josef Glacier.

The complex also has spa and massage facilities, a licensed café and an iSITE centre.

The names of three public pools:

  • Te Puna Mahaki – The pool of calmness.
  • Te Puna Makoha – The pool of tranquility.
  • Te Puna Marino – The pool of serenity.

The names of the three private pools:

  • Te Wai Whakahaumanu – The reviving waters.
  • Te Wai Whakawai – The easing waters.
  • Te Wai Taurima – The tending waters.