New Zealand Glacier Country West Coast, South Island


Untamed Natural Wilderness

A must-see on your South Island New Zealand trip

From the mountains to the sea, you won’t want to miss any of it. Active adventure, relaxation or family fun all against the backdrop of spectacular scenery, New Zealand’s Glacier Country offers something for everyone.

Create your own unforgettable Glacier Country experience from the wealth of things to do in Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Okarito and the surrounding area.


  • The heart of Glacier Country, the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. The most accessible rivers of ice in the world, plunging down through rainforest almost to sea level.
  • Lake Matheson’s mirror reflections of the Southern Alps/ Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, including New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman/Rarakiroa
  • The small seaside  village of Ōkārito with its great views, rich lagoon, magnificent birdlife and historic West Coast buildings.

… and so much more in the beautiful wetlands, beaches, grasslands, lakes, mountains and forests of Westland Tai Poutini National Park and the northern part of the UNESCO World Heritage Area, Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand.

This site is your Glacier Country visitor guide for:
What to see and do
Walks, tracks & tramps
Local history
Places to eat, drink and shop
Local services
Helpful visitor information and maps

Where we are
Glacier Country is on the West Coast of the South Island and is a 3.5-hour drive from Wanaka and a 5.5-hour drive from Christchurch.

Getting here
You can self-drive or come by bus, coach or bike. If you are self-driving take it slow and enjoy the ride with all its amazing scenery, contrasts and atmosphere.

Come soon and explore the offerings of stunning Glacier Country New Zealand.
Enjoy it in a relaxed way or be as fully active as you choose. With a great range of accommodation from backpackers to hotels, and eating and drinking options from cafés and bars to fine dining, plus friendly local hospitality – it’s a winning mix for your travel planning.

Do not fly drones in Glacier Country. This region is the busiest for helicopter operations in
New Zealand so you’re nearly always within a no-drone zone. Additionally the surrounding
land, houses and buildings are privately owned or public land managed by the Department of Conservation where approval must be sought many days beforehand and strict rules adhered to. Flying a drone outside the rules is not only potentially dangerous, it is likely to result in being reported to the Civil Aviation Authority or the NZ Police. More information can be found at and

For more information

Our contact email is  You can also visit Westland Tai Poutini National Park DOC Visitor Centre or Franz Josef i-SITE in Franz Josef village.

Also check out the new Tourism West Coast website (click on either logos below)





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