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Glacier Country offers New Zealand wilderness at its very best.

New Zealand’s West Coast boasts two of the world’s most accessible glaciers. With a surprisingly mild climate and phenomenal accessibility, Glacier Country is unique in its breathtaking combination of towering ice and lush rainforest.

Download our free Franz Josef and Fox Glacier town maps to help you plan your visit.

Franz Josef Glacier and Lake Mapourika Area
Experience the powerful glacier and its valley, close to the main highway. Visit Lake Mapourika for fishing and birdwatching. Choose from surging waterfalls, great viewpoints, temperate rainforest, glow worms and historic relics.  More info

Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson Area
Take in a dynamic, accessible glacier and its surrounds. Explore beautiful Lake Matheson with its stunning reflections. Check out lush rainforest, valleys, mountains, hot springs, wild beaches, a historic beach settlement, a seal colony, streams, ferns and glow worms.  More info

Ōkārito and Whataroa
Explore Ōkārito Lagoon, with its thousands of wading birds and the famous kōtuku (white heron) and royal spoonbill. Check out the rare rowi (Ōkārito brown kiwi), historic buildings and the walks.  Admire the dramatic background of the Alps.  More info

Bruce Bay and Paringa
Soak up great vista of beaches and forest. Visit Lake Paringa for fish, birds and native bats. Explore hunting territory or the local salmon farm.  More info

Westland Tai Poutini National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Area
Most of Glacier Country is within Westland Tai Poutini National Park and is a part of Te Wāhipounamu South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area.  More info

Walks, tracks, tramps and more
You have plenty to choose from to get you out and about in Glacier Country’s natural heritage. From a half-hour easy walk, to a three-day trek, to a guided glacier walk, there are walks and hikes to suit every fitness and interest level. There are places to cycle and prime spots for views and picnics.  More info

Native plants and animals
Glacier Country offers a rare opportunity to experience a wide range of native plants and animals in one region. From coastal lagoon and lake-plant communities, to rainforest, to tussock grasslands, subalpine and high alpine land, there will be a bird species to match. Find fur seals on the coast, look out for a dolphin at sea, or by night visit glow worms or go bat spotting.  More info

Glacier Country’s warm and friendly visitor experience will provide everything from heart pumping activities to unbridled relaxation. Whether you’re a family, a couple or a backpacker, Glacier Country has something tailored to you.





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