Things to do
Things To Do In the Rain
Glacier Country is set amongst some of New Zealand’s oldest untouched native rainforests and the most dynamic flowing Glaciers and rivers in the world! The scenic backdrop of the tallest peaks in New Zealand create a big uplift of warm air that flows off the Tasman coast. As that warm air lifts it creates RAIN – the main ingredient for our lush temperate environment!
Rain brings the rainforest to life and creates a beautiful, uniquely West Coast setting. There’s an abundance of enjoyable things to do in the rain here, so let’s have a look…
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.
Showcasing carefully selected, contemporary NZ made products in a modern and relaxing shopping environment adjacent to the Lake Matheson Walkway.
Experience the adventure of riding through rain forest tracks, river and grassland areas complete with a glacial backdrop.
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.
Hidden in one of the most beautiful locations in the world the Waiho Hot Tubs in Franz Josef Glacier is the perfect way to unwind. Enjoy the nature while indulging in your own private wood fired hot tub.
Okarito Kayaks is a small family owned kayak business offering freedom rental and guided kayaking trips on the Okarito Lagoon.
The Glacier Shop in Franz Josef is the perfect place to purchase gifts and mementos to delight visitors and their friends back home.
Petr Hlavacek Gallery is a purpose built destination gallery on a 5.5 acre property. It is nestled in a secluded setting at mountain foothills, outside of the small village of Whataroa, on the West Coast of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Okarito is home to one of New Zealand's top photographers - Andris Apse, and his books and prints can be viewed at his home gallery in Okarito.
Westland Wonderland movie and the Alpine Adventure Centre theatre
James Scott and Videographer Dean Trolle have combined to create the most amazing and stunning videography of South Westland.
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.