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Fox Glacier Moraine Walk, West Coast, NZ
Franz Josef Township, West Coast, NZ
Franz Josef Rainbow, West Coast, NZ
Okarito, West Coast, NZ


Slow Travel Part 4 – The Environment   An empty beach at low tide. The peace of walking next to the ocean, vast and mesmerising. Waves crash against the shore, their spray mixing with the… Read more
Slow Travel Part 3 – The Local Economy   “Live simply so that others may simply live.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi   One night here, two nights there, leaving early to get things done quicker –… Read more
Springtime in Glacier Country   “There is no time like Spring, when life’s alive in everything”  ~ Christina Rossetti, Spring   Spring, or Kōanga, on the West Coast, is an exciting time of year, lasting… Read more
Slow Travel Part 2 – The Traveller   “There is no need to rush. What is meant for you always arrives on time.” ~Frachella   The second part of this series is dedicated to how… Read more
SLOW TRAVEL A NEW CONCEPT FROM OLD TIMES (4-part series)   “It always pays to dwell slowly on the beautiful things, the more beautiful, the more slowly.” ~ Atticus.   Nowadays, society is based on… Read more
Welcome to Glacier Country Stick Around!   Each year, people from around the globe travel to Aotearoa, New Zealand, arriving wide-eyed and ready for action. Tucked away deep in the South Pacific, with a low… Read more
Flash, Bang, Wallop – What a Picture!  Geoff Marks   The unrivalled diversity of the natural landscapes in the Glacier Country region of New Zealand’s West Coast make it a Mecca for photographers. With an ever-changing… Read more
Okarito Lagoon – Jewel of the West  Geoff Marks   Located 130km south of Hokitika and about 30-minutes’ drive north of Franz Josef, Okarito is truly one of New Zealand’s most remarkable hidden gems.  Ōkārito… Read more
A Warm Welcome: Hiking the Copland Track  Geoff Marks   Westland Tai Poutini National Park lies at the heart of New Zealand’s largest stretch of wilderness. Covering 1,320km² the park extends from the top of… Read more
Jody Direen is a Tui Award winning International Recording Artist. Originally from Wanaka, she shares why she chooses to call Franz Josef Glacier home.   There is more than meets the eye in Franz Josef… Read more