Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier is a dramatic large glacier located within Westland National Park in the South Island's West Coast and forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. The Franz Josef Glacier area has some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand located just six kilometres from the centre of the Franz Josef village. Come, See awe-inspiring remnants of the ice age cascade from snowfields to rainforest valley floors. Hop in a helicopter and have the glacial experience of a lifetime landing on the top of the glacier and exploring the crevasses and wonders of this remarkable glacier more
Franz Josef Glacier tumbles down from the tops of the white, lofty Southern Alps (the tallest in New Zealand) into the rainforest covered valley close to sea level at the astonishing rate of about 70cm per day – about 10 times faster than normal glaciers. This provides a very rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacier in a temperate environment, within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway. Franz Josef village is in a high rainfall zone with mild temperatures. Franz Josef is situated about 5 hours drive from Christchurch and the nearest notable town is Hokitika – about an hour and a half drive away.
This World Heritage region has so much more to offer than just the must-do iconic glacier. Imagine soaking in utter relaxation in the natural hot-water springs of the valley rainforest after a day flying up to, landing on, then hiking in and around the dazzling Franz Josef Glacier. New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors and true to form Franz Josef hosts many more outdoor adventures awaiting you. Expand your itinerary to include skydiving over this glorious landscape, alpine or valley rainforest hiking, bathing the in natural hot-water pools, kayaking, cycling, visiting the world renowned photographer Andris Apse’s galley, seeing the world’s rarest kiwi, touring New Zealand’s only White Heron colony, quad biking and more.
Franz Josef accommodation boasts a broad range of options, most are based in the Franz Josef village and many are built around taking advantage of the impressive views of this unspoilt region. Choose from your selection of accommodation that may including five-star luxury hotels, homely bread and breakfast accommodation, retreats set in lush rainforests, budget backpacker accommodation, outdoor camping and more options.
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Mobile-friendly - Ideally situated just a short stroll into the main Franz Josef village, surrounded by native bush and majestic mountains, providing privacy for guests in tranquil, peaceful setting. Those exhausted from travel may wish to have a warm relaxing soak in the Glacier Hot Pools Complex opposite the Motel or meet the rare Rowi Kiwi at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the thrill of riding two-seater quadbikes through dense rainforest and braided riverbeds. Have fun in the sun and see spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the famous Franz Josef Glacier OR as we like to say, the wetter the better to get down and dirty in the mud and water. All wet-weather gear provided and no experience necessary.
Mobile-friendly - Stay at our Franz Josef Glacier motel accommodation and experience our friendly service and modern units at competitive rates. Studio, Spa Bath, Family and Accessible units with free unlimited WiFi. We are located in the heart of the village, an easy walk to restaurants, activities and are just metres to the very popular Glacier Hot Pools.
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Mobile-friendly - Highly recommended. Flying Kiwi tours get you “off the beaten track”. Their unique travel style combines spectacular accommodation in remote locations with time to explore NZ’s best National Parks. Great flexibility allows you to choose between hikes, bike-rides & adventure activities. Meals and use of sports equipment included. Top rated in National Geographic’s Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.
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Mobile-friendly - Explore the West Coast's most spectacular glacier environment with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. We're proud to offer exclusive guiding access on Franz Josef Glacier and have a range of tours to suit all abilities. All trips include free entry to the Glacier Hot Pools.
Mobile-friendly - CURRENTLY CLOSED. Located in Franz Josef township, Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquillity. These unique hot pools are nestled among native rainforest offering a range of relaxation options including main pools, private pools and spa and massage treatments. The perfect way to unwind after a day of travel on the coast or exploring the glaciers.
Mobile-friendly - Set in a prime location in the centre of Franz Josef. Ideal base allowing you to enjoy everything the glacier region has to offer. A quick 4 minute walk from all the activities you may want to experience. Explore the West Coast. Accommodation ranges from Queen bed ensuite rooms, Twin bed ensuite rooms, Double or Twin Private rooms, Dormitory room.
Mobile-friendly - In a quiet rural setting with magnificent glacier and mountain views. Motels, cabins and camping sites in a park-like space. Nestled beneath a breathtaking glacial panorama, Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park is the perfect base for exploring the many attractions and activities of the region. Lodge available for larger groups, sleeping up to 30 in 7 rooms all with their own bathrooms.
Mobile-friendly - Franz Josef Wilderness Tours is teamed with an awesome crew from a range of backgrounds. Take a kayak or paddleboard trip with glacier and mountain views or a small personalized cruise to explore the waterways of Lake Mapourika! Fish for Brown Trout or wild sea run Salmon with a local fishing guide. Mountain bikes, stand-up-paddleboards, kayaks hire available.
Mobile-friendly - Experienced helicopter company providing visitors with diverse range of South Island scenic helicopter flights and private charters in the most spectacular alpine and coastal regions of New Zealand. Specialising in year-round snow landings and flight-seeing within National Parks. Operator of choice for hunters, climbers, ski-groups wanting access to backcountry. Also based at Fox Glacier in Fox Guides Building, Main Road.
Mobile-friendly - At New Zealand Self Drive Tours we can custom design your perfect New Zealand holiday package. With over 200 different tour suggestions, every one of our self drive itineraries are 100% customisable, allowing you to incorporate any of our excellent range of activities and accommodations. Chat with our New Zealand travel experts to begin crafting your dream New Zealand holiday!
Mobile-friendly - Set amongst native bush. Stylish rooms designed with outdoor decks, sitting areas, conservatory windows to put you right in the midst of the rainforest - so sit back, relax and sip your favourite brew while enjoying the greenery at your doorstep. Shops, cafes/restaurants and the Glacier Hot Pools are all just a few minutes’ walk away. Ideal Franz Josef Accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - Accommodation from the luxurious to the essential amongst the mountains and bush of South Island's wild West Coast. Rainforest Retreat offers deluxe lodgings, some with private spa pool. Rainforest Holiday Park has everything vehicle-based explorers need. Rainforest Flashpackers is famous for its fun and sociable environment. Rainforest's facilities also include huge communal spa pool and an onsite restaurant and bar.
Mobile-friendly - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is situated on the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. There are 130 rooms comprising of two distinctive wings. Facilities include spa pools, wireless Internet and a conference room for corporate guests.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is at the cutting edge of sustainable, luxury accommodation. Great care has been taken to not only respect and preserve the environment around the hotel, but to celebrate and embrace the rainforest within the hotel's design. Your comfort is a top priority, with luxuriously appointed rooms where you can unwind and relax.
A scenic flight is the best way to experience the dramatic glacier terrain of the West Coast. The Helicopter Line offers both scenic flights and the Franz Josef Heli Hike. The Heli Hike discovers up close the phenomenon of glaciers. Combine two awesome scenic helicopter flights with a unique guided walk.
Relax and unwind in the soothing comfort of fresh, warm water and aromatic wood smoke. Enjoy your own private tubs, nestled in a lush rainforest setting on New Zealand’s West Coast. Our wood-fired hot tubs combine the soothing comfort of warm water with the unique atmosphere of wood smoke for an unforgettable experience. Book your hot tub experience online now!
Mobile-friendly - Explore West Coast offers visitors to the region a scenic tours service around the West Coast of the South Island. We offer a range of unique and scenic tours giving you a chance to explore the Untamed Natural Wilderness of the West Coast region. Scenic tours of Punakaiki, Lake Brunner, Hokitika Gorge and the Glaciers are available.
Westwood luxury bed and breakfast lodge offers accommodation in a quiet rural atmosphere with views of native bush and the Southern Alps. The lodge is just two minutes drive north of the village of Franz Josef and only a short drive from the Franz Josef Glacier.
Mobile-friendly - Studio units and self-contained motels. Peaceful and affordable... no helicopter noise but just a short drive and you can take a sightseeing flight up to the glaciers - we can arrange the bookings for you. Guided rainforest tours and visit to New Zealand's only white heron (Kotuku) nesting colony.
Mobile-friendly - Visit NZ's only White Heron (Kotuku) nesting colony. This beautiful bird breeds in a secret location in one of the most romantic places—in the Waitangiroto nature reserve —part of Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage area. Seeing these splendid birds is a rare sight and visiting their breeding ground, a truly unique experience. Learn about this rare bird and its nesting habits.
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