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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Now using IBIS Technology

Franz Josef Glacier Guides are excited to announce that in March we transitioned to IBIS Technology! This upgrade has streamlined our booking and check-in processes, ensuring a smoother and more efficient experience for our manuhiri and booking agents.

With our new system, we’ve enhanced our pre- and post-trip communication, allowing us to deliver exceptional service at every step of the experience. Additionally, we've integrated a new pre-check-in system, enabling our manuhiri to complete medical and risk disclosures before arrival, streamlining the adventure right from the start.

At Franz Josef Glacier Guides, we are committed to continually improving our experiences, and our partnership with IBIS Technology further cements that.

Location: 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Janelle Shaw


Phone: +64 (27) 574 2920


Monteiths Brewing Co.

Crave a taste of West Coast history and a refreshing beer?

Look no further than Monteith’s Brewery Talk Experience! In just 15 minutes, you’ll become a craft beer connoisseur.

The Brewery Talk Experience will take you on a 10-minute guided journey of through the brewery’s rich history, learning how it became a West Coast icon. Explore the on-site museum at your leisure, uncovering brewery artifacts and fascinating stories. Our 5-minute interactive lesson, conveniently held at your table, equips you with the knowledge to appreciate your beer like a true expert – perfect for those pre-meal moments.

Savour three generous 200ml tasters of Monteith’s freshest tap beers or ciders, accompanied by informative tasting notes to guide your exploration. You will take home a valuable West Coast Passport, packed with exclusive vouchers to redeem at Monteiths Brewery and other exciting West Coast destination.

This quick but immersive experience is the perfect addition to your next West Coast itinerary.

Monteiths Brewery experience

Location: 60 Herbert Street, Greymouth, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Tayla Olivier


Phone: +64 (0)3 768 4149


Monteith's Brewery, Greymouth (credit Monteith's Brewery)

The National Kiwi Centre

National Kiwi Centre

Now using Rezdy Booking System

Discover the wonders of New Zealand's unique wildlife at the National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika! Our interactive experience offers up-close encounters with live Kiwi, Tuatara, and giant longfin Eels, alongside mesmerizing aquarium displays. Now, with the integration of the Rezdy booking engine, tour operators can seamlessly arrange visits, making it easier than ever to include our centre in their itineraries. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of New Zealand's natural heritage!

Location: 64 Tancred Street, Hokitika, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Vonnie Cherry


Phone: +64 (0) 3 755 5251


Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Spring 2024 Tawaki/Fiordland Crested Penguin Viewing Season

In mid-September each year Tawaki/Fiordland Crested Penguin, third rarest of the world’s 18 penguin species and the only rainforest breeding penguin, hatch their eggs. They breed in coastal rainforest in the remote south-west of New Zealand’s South Island.

From late September onwards Nature Guides from Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki lead rainforest discovery half-day trips for Lodge guests to sit quietly in our Open Hide. Here we watch and photograph large Tawaki Penguins walking between the Tasman Sea and their rainforest nests. It is a unique and very special wildlife experience. Over the 35 years that the Wilderness Lodge has been guiding Tawaki Penguin Discovery trips, the numbers of penguins breeding at this monitored site have tripled from 30 to nearly 100 pairs (200 birds + chicks). This is about 3% of their world population.

Location: State Highway 6, Lake Moeraki, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Gerry and Anne

Phone: +64 (0) 3 751 1881


Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

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Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Now offering Private Tours across all products

Experience the luxury of Lake Mapourika on a private kayak tour, customise a private boat tour for your group of friends, family or small gathering, enjoy a private fishing adventure with your mates or ride a quad bike off roads with a private guide! Franz Josef Wilderness Tours now have bespoke, private Kayak Tours, Scenic Cruises, Fishing Charters and even Quad Bike options available!

Location: 30 Main Road, Franz Josef, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Dale and Bronwyn


Phone: +64 (0) 3 752 0230


INFLITE Helicopters Franz & Fox

Welcomes a New Base Manager

“We live in one of the best parts of the world and I love helping showcase our region to travellers”.

Meet Jen Williams – 5th generation West Coaster, and the new Base Manager for Inflite Franz & Fox Helicopters.

Jen is a proud Franz Josef local who loves exploring her epic backyard with her husband, 2 children, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 6 horses, and menagerie of farm animals. Jen began working in tourism and aviation on the West Coast in 1999 and has since enjoyed various roles across the region, in between travelling the globe, and raising children.

She’s pumped to be working with Inflite Franz and Fox Helicopters as she adores the aviation industry and the shifting variables it offers. Jen finds particular joy in connecting with new people and gets an extra buzz from introducing visitors to the wonders of the West Coast, sending them on the experience of a lifetime, and making sure they walk away with a massive smile on their face.

Location: 69 Cron Street, Franz Josef, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Jen Williams


Phone: +64 (22) 8511 960


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