New Zealand Glacier Country West Coast, South Island
A must-see on your South Island New Zealand trip
Okarito Nature Tours
From the mountains to the sea, you won’t want to miss any of it. Active adventure, relaxation or family fun all against the backdrop of spectacular scenery, New Zealand’s Glacier Country offers something for everyone.
Create your own unforgettable Glacier Country experience from the wealth of things to do in Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Okarito and the surrounding area.
West Coast of the Southern Alps
- The heart of Glacier Country, the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. The most accessible rivers of ice in the world, plunging down through rainforest almost to sea level.
- Lake Matheson’s mirror reflections of the Southern Alps/ Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, including New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman/Rarakiroa
- The small seaside village of Ōkārito with its great views, rich lagoon, magnificent birdlife and historic West Coast buildings.
… and so much more in the beautiful wetlands, beaches, grasslands, lakes, mountains and forests of Westland Tai Poutini National Park and the northern part of the UNESCO World Heritage Area, Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand.
This site is your Glacier Country visitor guide for:
What to see and do
Walks, tracks & tramps
Places to eat, drink and shop
Helpful visitor information and maps
Where we are
Glacier Country is on the West Coast of the South Island and is a 3.5-hour drive from Wanaka and a 5.5-hour drive from Christchurch.
You can self-drive or come by bus, coach or bike. If you are self-driving take it slow and enjoy the ride with all its amazing scenery, contrasts and atmosphere.
Come soon and explore the offerings of stunning Glacier Country New Zealand.
Enjoy it in a relaxed way or be as fully active as you choose. With a great range of accommodation from backpackers to hotels, and eating and drinking options from cafés and bars to fine dining, plus friendly local hospitality – it’s a winning mix for your travel planning.
For more information
Visit Westland Tai Poutini National Park DOC Visitor Centre & i-SITE in Franz Josef village.