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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.

Te Weheka Walkway/Cycle...

Walk or cycle through bush from Fox Glacier Township to the Fox Glacier car park....
Walk or cycle through bush from Fox Glacier Township to the Fox Glacier car park.  This is a shared-use track. 8.4 km return via same track.  Walking 2 hrs 20 mins...

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...

Glacier Hot Pools Franz...

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility and the...
Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after...

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...

Alpine Cinema

Alpine Cinema is located in Franz Josef, West Coast NZ, at the Alpine Adventure Centre. ...
Alpine Cinema is located in Franz Josef, West Coast NZ, at the Alpine Adventure Centre.  The Digital Cinema has a impressive large curved screen also offers pre-booked Play Station gaming...

Heliservices - Franz Jo...

Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island with...
Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island with an exciting scenic helicopter flight and snow landing on the majestic Fox and Franz Josef...

Across Country Quad Bik...

Experience the adventure of riding through rain forest tracks, river and grassland areas complete with...
Experience the adventure of riding through rain forest tracks, river and grassland areas complete with a glacial backdrop, in our unique location on the West Coast. Tucked under the majestic...

Fox Glacier Valley Walk

This walk will take you about one hour return, depending on where the safety barriers...
This walk will take you about one hour return, depending on where the safety barriers are. The Fox Glacier is the largest and longest of the spectacular West Coast glaciers....

Sentinel Rock Walk Fran...

Sentinel Rock offers the best view of the Franz Josef Glacier for the least amount...
Sentinel Rock offers the best view of the Franz Josef Glacier for the least amount of effort. In military speak a sentinel is a guard who stands watch over a...

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...

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