Main town centres

Franz Josef

Directions

About

The small but lively Franz Josef village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above.

More information

Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village, though the Maori names are different.

The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above.

Within a short distance of the village are a number of options for taking in the natural attractions including a cycleway, walks of varying length, guided walks, kayaking, and action adventures like rafting or skydiving. You can take a visit to the white heron colony or the world’s rarest kiwi.

Ten minutes’ drive north of the Franz Josef village on State Highway 6 is the beautiful Lake Mapourika, a great place for fishing, birdwatching and kayaking.

Ōkārito Lagoon New Zealand’s largest estuarine lagoon is a 20-minute drive north. It is well known for its walks and coastal birdlife, including the white heron (kōtuku).

For a taste of gold mining history visit the Ōkārito settlement and explore its historic survivors.

Or take the Tatare Tunnels Walk—you’ll get a view of the Tatare Gorge and the option of venturing into the tunnels.

Directions

Franz Josef, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Franz Josef village is on State Highway 6 and is 2 hours by car from Hokitika, 5.75 hours from Wanaka and 25 minutes from Fox Glacier village. Franz Josef Glacier is just five kilometres from the village. From the glacier car park it’s a 45-minute walk to the public glacier viewing point.

Get directions

Related Listings

Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
Accommodation
Fox Glacier Top 10 Holiday Park Fox Glacier Top 10 Holiday Park

We have fantastic accommodation to suit all needs with spacious grounds and majestic views of Southern Alps.

$45 - $250
Learn more
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
See & Do
West Coast Wildlife Centre - Rowi Kiwi West Coast Wildlife Centre

West Coast Wildlife Centre is the home of the official breeding programme for the world's rarest kiwi called the Rowi and now the Haast Kiwi!

$15 - $60
Learn more
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
See & Do
Franz Josef Glacier Guides walks.jpg Franz Josef glacier walks

Enjoy moderate to easy walks around the township of Franz Josef and its glacier.

FREE
Learn more
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
See & Do
Glacier Country Lake Tours.PNG Glacier Country Lake Tours

Join us for a Scenic Cruise or Fishing Charter on Lake Mapourika - just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier.  Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water boasts panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers.

$115 - $200
Learn more
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
Accommodation
Westwood Lodge Westwood Lodge

Set in a beautiful bush garden, Westwood Lodge offers well-appointed bed and breakfast accommodation with stunning views of the West Coast's rainforests, mountains of the Southern Alps and the Franz Josef Glacier.

$330 - $445
Learn more
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
See & Do
Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools5.jpg Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

Nestled among the lush native rainforest in the heart of Franz Josef, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools provide a truly unique, natural setting for the ultimate in relaxation.

$29 to $149 (valid until 30 September 2020)
Learn more