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Glacier Name History 29 Jan 2019
Maori lived in South Westland many hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. They lived mostly along the coast in places where food gathering was good but travelled up and down the coast searching the mountains for pounamu (jade or greenstone). They named the Franz Josef Glacier – Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere (the tears of Hinehukatere) and Fox Glacier – Te Moeka o Tuawe (the bed of Tuawe). In Maori legend Tuawe was a warrior who fell to his death while climbing with his lover...Read more...
The Last Kitchen 29 Jan 2019
The Last Kitchen Owner Cherry Patel Wine goes with dinner, like, wine with dinner – and you know you’ve made a great choice of restaurants when the owners pay as much attention to the wine as they do the food. Cherry Patel, owner of The Last Kitchen in Fox Glacier moved here from Auckland a year ago and has put her heart and soul into creating an enjoyable dining experience for her guests. “We serve modern kiwi cuisine and Asian food that appeals to all ages,” says Cherry. “And we...Read more...
Conservation At Forefront of Okarito Boat Eco Tours 18 Dec 2018
A small Okarito business is walking the talk with their approach to conservation and protecting wild spaces. Paula and Swade from Okarito Boat Eco Tours operate their business with an extremely light footprint and love to introduce visitors to the beauty of the wildlife and environment while educating about the importance of the wetlands, birds and plants. Their boat trip takes small groups through the Okarito lagoon to see fish and birds in amongst the peaceful, natural environment with a...Read more...
Passion For Food at Snakebite 18 Dec 2018
To have a successful restaurant isn’t a piece of cake, it takes dedication and passion for food which Snakebite’s staff have in abundance. Snakebite co-owner and baker Billy Whiteman says they’ve tried to tick as many boxes as they can to provide a great customer experience. “We hand pick good produce, make nice food and have friendly staff in a modern setting,” says Billy. “We have bakery food, South East Asian dishes and gourmet burgers to cover all bases.” Billy uses as much...Read more...
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...
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