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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.

Callery-Waiho Walk Fran...

The Callery-Waiho walk is an engrossing track that takes about two and a half hours...
The Callery-Waiho walk is an engrossing track that takes about two and a half hours one way. Follow the footsteps of the old gold miners to the Franz Josef Glacier....

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...

Skydive Franz

Skydive Franz is one of only nine skydiving companies to make the Red Bull list...
Skydive Franz is one of only nine skydiving companies to make the Red Bull list of the Most Insane Places to Skydive in the World, stating that 'if you're going...

Minnehaha Walk Fox Glac...

This easy all-weather track is well graded and sheltered by the moss strewn forest and...
This easy all-weather track is well graded and sheltered by the moss strewn forest and a wealth of ferns. The track is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and takes about 20...

Franz Josef Glacier Gui...

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West...
The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers. From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep...

Peak View Lookout Fox G...

This lookout is a two minute walk from the car park on Cook Flat Road....
This lookout is a two minute walk from the car park on Cook Flat Road. Enjoy the picnic area and on a clear day use the plane table. It is...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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