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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.

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...

Gillespies & Galway...

There are a number of short walks that will take you to mining relics and...
There are a number of short walks that will take you to mining relics and a miner’s cemetery at Gillespie’s Beach. Gold was discovered at Gillespie’s Beach in 1865, and...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Skydive Franz

Skydive Franz – The Next Level Experience New Zealand's highest Tandem skydive in the heart of...
Skydive Franz – The Next Level Experience New Zealand's highest Tandem skydive in the heart of Glacier Country.  Just bring a sense of adventure and we'll do the rest! Choose from 13000,...

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...

Andris Apse Gallery Fra...

World-class Gallery features Limited Edition Collection of NZ Landscapes by internationally-renowned photographer Andris Apse.  Open...
World-class Gallery features Limited Edition Collection of NZ Landscapes by internationally-renowned photographer Andris Apse.  Open from 8am-8pm daily.  Gallery is located at Franz Josef Oasis Hotel, 5 minutes drive north...

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