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Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world.

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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world.

Glacier Country offers a wealth of adventure activities:

  • Take a guided glacier hike.
  • Ride a quad bike.
  • Fly in a helicopter or sightseeing plane.
  • Do a tandem skydive.
  • Kayak on Lake Mapourika or Okarito Lagoon

Wildlife attractions include the kiwi breeding programme in Franz Josef, the White Heron Sanctuary in Whataroa and kiwi in the wild at Okarito.

After your busy day, soak in lovely hot pools

Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier provides stunning reflections and views of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Glacier Country is:

  • Whataroa.
  • Okarito.
  • Lake Mapourika.
  • Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Fox Glacier.
  • Lake Matheson.
  • Gillespies Beach.

Getting to Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

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Weather in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier


Great places to visit in Glacier Country


Whataroa

Whataroa is the gateway to South Westland and the best place to see the rare native White Heron (Kotuku).

You can visit the nearby Waitangiroto Sanctuary on a guided tour and there is also an excellent 10-minute walk here with informative panels that tell you about native wetlands.

Okarito

Okarito is situated on a sand spit dividing New Zealand’s largest wetland and the Tasman Sea.

It is an ecological gem with over 70 species of birds recorded here and a popular whitebaiting spot in season.

To see the variety of birdlife, hire a kayak or take a guided kayak tour Okarito Kayaks or Okarito boat tour on the Okarito lagoon.

There is also the easy 20 minute Wetland Walk which starts at the Old School House and crosses the estuary on a curving boardwalk.

The Department of Conservation's Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary is located here and you can take an evening tour to see the kiwi in the wild.

There are historical records and photos on Okarito’s gold mining history in the harbour masters Wharf Shed and the historic Donovan's Store has been lovingly refurbished by the locals.

See, do & stay

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See & Do
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Join us on a unique kayak adventure and kiwi sanctuary tour just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, Lake Mapourika was created by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier some 14,000 years ago.

$85-$145
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See & Do
Westland Tai Poutini National Park Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Westland Tai Poutini National Park extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the Tasman Sea and is split by the Alpine Fault.

FREE
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Accommodation
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With the West Coast rainforest right outside the backdoor, YHA Franz Josef is a 4 star plus Gold Qualmark-rated backpacker hostel offering comfortable, modern accommodation.

$27 - $145
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Moraine Walk Moraine Walk

Moraines are the debris of rocks and stones left when a glacier retreats.

FREE
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Eat & Drink
Monsoon Bar Monsoon Bar

Enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the decks or cosy up in front of the fireplace before settling in for a relaxed dining experience at Monsoon bar & restaurant.

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Glacier Valley Eco Tours Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a family owned business committed to giving our clients the best experience on our guided nature walks in Glacier Country.

$80 - $180 adults.
$40 - $90 children.
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