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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, 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.

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...

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...

Lake Wombat Track Franz...

This is an easy forest walk that will lead you to Lake Wombat, a bush...
This is an easy forest walk that will lead you to Lake Wombat, a bush enclosed tarn at the foot of Alex Knob. This is a kettle lake that was...

Lake Mapourika

Lake Mapourika is a kettle lake. It was formed when a large block of ice...
Lake Mapourika is a kettle lake. It was formed when a large block of ice was left behind by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier some fourteen thousand years ago. It...

Fox Glacier Bike Rental

There are many areas to explore by bike around Fox Glacier Village. The ride on...
There are many areas to explore by bike around Fox Glacier Village. The ride on the bike track through the rainforest to the glacier carpark is a wonderful chance to...

Air Safaris Franz Josef

‘The Grand Traverse’ scenic flight offers you the best value for money experience of this...
‘The Grand Traverse’ scenic flight offers you the best value for money experience of this majestic area. Air Safaris will take you on an unforgettable 50 minute (allow 1 hour) scenic...

Okarito Township and La...

The historic settlement of Okarito was built on a sand-spit within the bounds of the...
The historic settlement of Okarito was built on a sand-spit within the bounds of the Okarito Lagoon. Originally a Maori settlement and then a busy gold mining town, the village...

Roberts Point Track Fra...

This walk takes around five hours return from the Franz Josef Glacier carpark. It climbs...
This walk takes around five hours return from the Franz Josef Glacier carpark. It climbs via a rocky track and multiple swing bridges to a high viewpoint above Franz Josef...

Mount Fox Route Fox Gla...

The cliché in the early guide books that this track is “not for the faint...
The cliché in the early guide books that this track is “not for the faint hearted” is no exaggeration. If you are fit and experienced it will take you about...

Pakihi Walk Okarito

The Pakihi Walk is within the bounds of the Okarito Kiwi Zone. On a clear...
The Pakihi Walk is within the bounds of the Okarito Kiwi Zone. On a clear day you can get a panoramic view of the Southern Alps, the rainforest and the...

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