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Deluxe Spa Units in Franz Josef 19 Nov 2018
What’s better than star gazing? Star gazing from your own private spa pool on the deck of a deluxe tree house of course. There’s no nicer way to end a hard day travelling than relaxing in a hot tub with a drink in hand at the Rainforest Retreat in Franz Josef. Rainforest Retreat Manager Oscar Morgan says they opened 19 deluxe units last year and also hosted a phenomenal 90,000 guests who each found the perfect place to sleep amongst 12 acres of native bush with stunning views and...Read more...
Remote Living At Its Best 19 Nov 2018
Remote living has its advantages and life in Fox Glacier is remote living at its best. Distinction Hotel General Manager Christian Scheule loves living in the stunning alpine environment for multiple reasons. “I have no travel expenses to get to and from work so I save on gas money,” says Christian. “There aren’t many shops here so in my free time I don’t go shopping, to get to the shops would mean five hours on the road.” It’s not just money saving that appeals to Christian,...Read more...
Rafting Season for 2018/19 Has Begun 03 Oct 2018
Rafting Season for 2018/19 Has Begun   There’s something about heading into the wild outdoors with no roads, no cars, just the water, rainforest and a paddle to get you back to civilisation.   Eco Rafting are a small family owner-operator business with over 20 years experience rafting the West Coast river systems.   Co-owner Kristen James says their season has just kicked off and rafting is a great way to get away from it all.   “Our tours are kept small and personal with a huge...Read more...
The 2018/19 Breeding Season for White Herons Has Begun 03 Oct 2018
The 2018/19 Breeding Season for White Herons Has Begun Everyone loves whitebait, even the birds. The White Heron/Kotuku nesting season has begun, coinciding with the start of the whitebait season. Established in 1987 White Heron Sanctuary Tours is owned and operated by the Arnold family of Whataroa (4th generation locals). There are only about 200 Kotuku birds in New Zealand so they’re incredibly rare. During autumn and winter they disperse widely throughout New Zealand and are generally...Read more...
Kayakers rewarded with stunning mountain views and lake reflections 04 Sep 2018
Glacier Country Kayaks One of Glacier Country’s must-do activities is kayaking on Lake Mapourika. This lake has spectacular views of the Southern Alps and the surface is often like a mirror, making for stunning reflections. With Glacier Country Kayaks, single and double paddlers are guided across the lake to a unique kiwi sanctuary, home to the rarest kiwi birds on the planet. Owner Bronwyn Burrows says some mornings, especially in winter, the lake has thick fog obscuring the other side...Read more...
Luxury spa offers relaxation and replenishment 04 Sep 2018
It’s not all about outdoor activities in Glacier Country, here you can also enjoy luxury spa treatments at Amaia Spa. Amaia is located within the five-star Te Waonui Hotel in Franz Josef and as you’d expect from one of NZ’s best hotels, the spa is impeccable, and a true haven of serenity set in amongst the rainforest. The professional therapists offer a multitude of beauty, face, body and massage treatments. Therapist Dennis Majadas says their 90 minute Signature Massage Treatment is a...Read more...
HeliServices NZ – Locally Owned & Operated 23 Jul 2018
It’s not ‘just a job’ when you get to take people to stunning environments like the top of Southern Alps. HeliServices.NZ is a company with strong family connections to the region and they aim to provide not just a scenic flight but also an awesome experience. General Manager Mike Nolan says James and Debbie Scott, the founders of HeliServices.NZ, come from a pioneering West Coast family going back many generations. “James and Debbie live near Fox Glacier and employ many locally based...Read more...
Going Big has it’s Benefits 23 Jul 2018
Going big has its benefits. Air Safaris has the biggest, and newest scenic aircraft on the West Coast which means their passengers get incredible views, longer flight time and low noise impact in the National Park. Steve Henery of Air Safaris says they use a Gypsland GA8 Air Van for many reasons including the large windows for unimpeded views. “The advantage of this type of aircraft is the large boxy body, which gives more room and bigger windows,” says Steve. The Air Van has all window...Read more...
A Day in the Life of a Skydiver 19 Sep 2016
I catch up with local Skydiver Henry Morgan & talk about jumping out of planes for a living… Where do you work: “Skydive Franz.  Our office is on the main street Franz Josef, and the Drop zone is 7 kms out of town at the airport.” How long have you been working there & how did you get the role of Drop zone Safety Officer?:  “I’ve been working for Skydive Franz since the company first opened six years ago.  I first started by packing shoots for them, then I went to skydive school...Read more...
10 Most Popular Restaurants in Glacier Country NZ 28 Aug 2016
 The Alice May Restaurant & Bar in Franz Josef Glacier The Blue Ice Cafe in Franz Josef Glacier King Tiger Eastern Eating House & Bar in Franz Josef Glacier   Snake Bite Brewery, Franz Josef Glacier offers amazing meals and local craft beers on tap.       The Speights Landing Bar & Restaurant Franz Josef Glacier   Lake Matheson Cafe Fox Glacier   The Last Kitchen, Fox Glacier   The Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon, Fox Glacier   The Hobnail Cafe, Fox Glacier   The...Read more...

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