Things to do
Nature and Wildlife Tours
Nature and eco tours are a fantastic way to explore the natural environment and discover the unique wildlife in Glacier Country.
From landscapes to native birds, flora and fauna, these expert guides will take you to the best places and provide friendly, specialised and memorable information.
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.
The West Coast Wildlife Centre is centrally located in Franz Josef Glacier Village and is one of the most popular indoor attractions on the West Coast.
White Heron Sanctuary Tours (Est 1987) is the original and only tour to visit New Zealand’s only White Heron nesting site. For over 30 years the Arnold family have been delighting visitors by sharing this world class attraction with them.
Kayak, Cruise or Fish on Lake Mapourika only minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Join the crew for a unique mirror lake adventure! Enjoy panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers, rainforest-clad streams of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and excellent trout or salmon fishing.
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.
Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon.
Glacier Valley Eco Tours provide many informative guided nature tours in Glacier Country NZ. Their tours are especially designed for clients who want to learn about the wonders of this incredible natural environment.
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.