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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.

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

Find out time and distance from Glacier Country to other locations:

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.

Events

Events

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South Westland Weekend

Boating the Wanganui River Saturday, staying at Hotel Hari Hari Saturday night to have a meal and a catch up in the Restaurant that evening.

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See, do & stay

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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)
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Franz Josef Heli-Hike Franz Josef Heli-Hike

Combine two awesome scenic helicopter flights over Franz Josef glacier with a unique guided walk among the ice cave, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment.

$419 (child age 8-14)
$499 (15 years and over)
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See & Do
Franz Josef Glacier Guides Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Join us for a guided glacier experience you will never forget! Franz Josef Glacier Guides are proud to offer a range of world-class experiences designed to show you the very best of New Zealand's West Coast glaciers.

$82 to $999 (valid until 30 September 2020)
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Eat & Drink
The Landing Restaurant & Bar - Franz Josef The Landing Restaurant & Bar - Franz Josef

Welcome to The Landing Restaurant & Bar.

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Eat & Drink
King Tiger Eastern Eating House & Bar King Tiger Eastern Eating House & Bar

King Tiger is located in the heart of Franz Josef township, offering dishes from South East Asia.

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Accommodation
Glacier-Highway-Mote.jpg Glacier Highway Motels

Motel units located just four kilometers north of Franz Josef village centre providing guests a tranquil, relaxing setting with rainforest and native bush views.

$115 - $225
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