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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.

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....

Ice Walks - Franz Josef...

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...

Terrace Walk Franz Jose...

This stunning short walk takes you straight into the podocarp hardwood forest. Walk to a...
This stunning short walk takes you straight into the podocarp hardwood forest. Walk to a historic gold mining sluice face only a few hundred metres from the centre of the...

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...

Copland Track - Welcome...

It takes around seven hours to reach the Welcome Flat Hut via a well marked...
It takes around seven hours to reach the Welcome Flat Hut via a well marked track and there is the added bonus of the relaxing natural hot pools. The hut...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Franz Josef Glacier Val...

This is your chance to take a gentle stroll and be inspired! Even when it...
This is your chance to take a gentle stroll and be inspired! Even when it is teeming with rain, the Glacier Valley is still a place of isolation, wonderment and...

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