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.
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.
Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon.
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.
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.
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.
Glacier Country Lake Tours in Franz Josef Glacier offers sightseeing Eco-Cruises, Fishing Charters and Guided Walks on the beautiful Lake Mapourika.
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.
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.