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.
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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
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
Glacier Country NZ offers a rare opportunity to experience a wide range of native plants and animals in one region. From coastal lagoon and lake-plant communities, 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.
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 New Zealand has something tailored to you.