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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.

Te Ara a Waiau - Walkwa...

Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef Township to the Franz Josef Glacier car...
Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef Township to the Franz Josef Glacier car park.  This is a shared-use track. 8.7km return via same track.  Walking 2hrs on an easy...

Tatare Tunnels Walk Fra...

The track takes you to the tunnels that were blasted through bedrock and used to...
The track takes you to the tunnels that were blasted through bedrock and used to supply water to Waiho River sluice face during the historic gold rush. The walk takes...

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...

SkyDive Fox Glacier

SkyDive Fox have the most spectacular Fox Glacier airspace! If you have the attitude, we have...
SkyDive Fox have the most spectacular Fox Glacier airspace! If you have the attitude, we have the altitude! This is Tandem Skydiving at its absolute best. Enjoy New Zealand's most spectacular scenic...

Glacier Valley Eco Tour...

Glacier Valley Eco Tours provide a 3 hour return guided nature walk, through native rainforest...
Glacier Valley Eco Tours provide a 3 hour return guided nature walk, through native rainforest & up the Glacier Valley river bed. Our tours are especially designed for clients who want to...

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...

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...

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...

The Helicopter Line - F...

Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s West Coast. It's a...
Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s West Coast. It's a wild place known for clear, sparkling rivers and lush rainforests; creeping glaciers and geological treasures....

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