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Landscapes and Nature

The untamed natural landscape is at the heart of every activity in Glacier Country. With New Zealand’s highest mountains on one side and the wild ocean on the other and spectacular glaciers, mirror lakes, rivers and lush fields in between – Glacier Country is a nature lovers’ dream.

Create an unforgettable experience by exploring the natural beauty of the environment on your own or join one of many guided outdoor activities.

Join the crew for a kayak or SUP adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier!  Enjoy open water panoramic views before navigating through the rainforest-clad streams of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

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Mountain Helicopters is a small private company offering value based fares. They fly from both Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier and their emphasis is on personal service catering to the needs of small groups, families and individuals.

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If you have the attitude, we have the altitude! This is Tandem Skydiving at its absolute best.

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Mountain Helicopters is a small private company offering value based fares. They fly from both Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier and their emphasis is on personal service catering to the needs of small groups, families and individuals.

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Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon.

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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 Glaciers.

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White Heron Sanctuary Tours is the original and only tour to visit New Zealand’s only White Heron nesting site. For over 28 years the Arnold family have been delighting visitors by sharing this world class attraction with them.

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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 Glaciers.

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Enjoy a breathtaking guided glacier walk onto the world famous Fox Glacier with New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company. Fox Glacier Guiding offer walks and ice adventures to suit all fitness levels.

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From the Glacier Country Scenic Flights base beside the Whataroa River guests will fly into this magical alpine environment, experiencing lush sub-tropical rainforest, amazing rivers of ice, alpine snowfields and a multitude of stunning peaks including New Zealand’s highest mountains, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

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The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers. Franz Josef Glacier Guides offers a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability. 

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Glacier Valley Eco Tours provide a 3 hour return guided nature walk, through native rainforest and up the Glacier Valley river bed. Their tours are especially designed for clients who want to learn about the wonders of this incredible natural environment.

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Glacier Country Lake Tours in Franz Josef Glacier offers sightseeing Eco-Cruises, Fishing Charters and Guided Walks on the beautiful Lake Mapourika.

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A short scenic drive* from Franz Josef, a tour of the Okarito lagoon and rainforest waterways transports visitors to a place untouched by the passage of time.

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Glacier Helicopters West Coast, pioneered glacier and snow landings in New Zealand in 1970. Since then they have enabled thousands of visitors to interact and enjoy some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world.

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Air Safaris will take you on an unforgettable 50 minute (allow 1 hour) scenic flightseeing tour of the awe inspiring Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks – over 200 kilometres of New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery.

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Experience the adventure of riding through rain forest tracks, river and grassland areas complete with a glacial backdrop.

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Glacier Helicopters West Coast, pioneered glacier and snow landings in New Zealand in 1970. Since then they have enabled thousands of visitors to interact and enjoy some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world.

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Glacier Country Helicopter Ltd is a locally family owned and operated helicopter company.

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Eco Rafting, Specialist White Water Rafting Tours in New Zealand South Island, Multi Day Adventures, Heli Rafting on the best rivers in New Zealand.

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Skydive Franz is one of only nine skydiving companies to make the Red Bull list of the Most Insane Places to Skydive in the World, stating that 'if you're going to skydive you might as well have a jaw dropping view in the background'.

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Things to do

Landscapes and Nature