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To fully experience Glacier Country, you need to immerse yourself in the landscape. It is not until you make footprints on a high alpine snow field, journey deep into the towering rainforests, explore the blue ice caves of the glaciers, tackle a trout on a beautiful lake, jetboat up a glacial river, or contemplate the mountain reflections in Lake Matheson that you will truly encounter our wilderness.

Choose from Glacier Country adventures, including guided glacier walks, kayaking, kiwi encounters, quad biking, clay target shooting, off-road buggies, tandem skydiving and white-water rafting. There is also a range of scenic flights (helicopter or fixed wing, with or without snow landings), horse treks, hot pools, boat trips, kayaking and more.  The diverse range of activities in and around Fox Glacier & Franz Josef is available all year round.

Here you will find details of tourism operators in Okarito, Whataroa, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef who will ensure that  you  experience the very best of Glacier Country.

White Heron Sanctuary T...

Whataroa is the departure point for NZ’s only White Heron Sanctuary Tour. The tour consists of...
Whataroa is the departure point for NZ’s only White Heron Sanctuary Tour. The tour consists of a short minibus ride to connect with our jet-boat for a gentle 20 minute scenic...

Glacier Country Scenic ...

Welcome to Glacier Country & New Zealand’s Southern Alps With the Main Divide of the Southern...
Welcome to Glacier Country & New Zealand’s Southern Alps With the Main Divide of the Southern Alps as its backbone, the Whataroa Valley is the gateway to New Zealand’s spectacular ice...

Okarito Trig & 3 Mi...

The trail takes about ninety minutes return. The site of the Okarito Trig viewing platform...
The trail takes about ninety minutes return. The site of the Okarito Trig viewing platform was once a vital hub for the first survey network. Surveyor explorers such as Julius...

Andris Apse Gallery Oka...

The Andy Apse Okarito Gallery is situated at our home at 109 The Strand Okarito,...
The Andy Apse Okarito Gallery is situated at our home at 109 The Strand Okarito, and is open by appointment. Please phone or email to book a time and date if...

Moraine Walk Fox Glacie...

This easy walk is a perfect example of how plants can quickly regenerate after a...
This easy walk is a perfect example of how plants can quickly regenerate after a glacier has retreated. It takes forty minutes return, and you can see all stages of...

Lake Matheson Fox Glaci...

This is one of the easiest and most popular walks on the West Coast and...
This is one of the easiest and most popular walks on the West Coast and is suitable for people of all abilities and fitness. The 2.6 kilometre circuit around the...

Waitangitaona Wetland W...

This easy access walk is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and it gives you an...
This easy access walk is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and it gives you an incredible introduction to West Coast wetlands. It takes approximately twenty minutes to complete the circuit,...

Canavan's Knob Fra...

The track takes approximately forty minutes return and includes a steady climb through rainforest to...
The track takes approximately forty minutes return and includes a steady climb through rainforest to a breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea and the Franz Josef Glacier. In mountaineering terms...

Amaia Luxury Spa

Indulge with our luxurious treatments that will pamper you and make you feel like a...
Indulge with our luxurious treatments that will pamper you and make you feel like a new person! Massage Therapy - Amaia Spa Signature Massage Treatment, Lomi Lomi Massage, Warm Bamboo Massage,...

Glacier Helicopters - F...

New Zealand is home to spectacular mountain peaks, deep mysterious lakes and creeping, icy glaciers....
New Zealand is home to spectacular mountain peaks, deep mysterious lakes and creeping, icy glaciers. This is the perfect environment for flying in, walking on the Fox Glacier. The rugged...

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