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Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world.

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world.

Glacier Country offers a wealth of adventure activities:

  • Take a guided glacier hike.
  • Ride a quad bike.
  • Fly in a helicopter or sightseeing plane.
  • Do a tandem skydive.
  • Kayak on Lake Mapourika or Okarito Lagoon

Wildlife attractions include the kiwi breeding programme in Franz Josef, the White Heron Sanctuary in Whataroa and kiwi in the wild at Okarito.

After your busy day, soak in lovely hot pools

Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier provides stunning reflections and views of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Glacier Country is:

  • Whataroa.
  • Okarito.
  • Lake Mapourika.
  • Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Fox Glacier.
  • Lake Matheson.
  • Gillespies Beach.

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Getting to Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

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Weather in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier


Great places to visit in Glacier Country


Whataroa

Whataroa is the gateway to South Westland and the best place to see the rare native White Heron (Kotuku).

You can visit the nearby Waitangiroto Sanctuary on a guided tour and there is also an excellent 10-minute walk here with informative panels that tell you about native wetlands.

Okarito

Okarito is situated on a sand spit dividing New Zealand’s largest wetland and the Tasman Sea.

It is an ecological gem with over 70 species of birds recorded here and a popular whitebaiting spot in season.

To see the variety of birdlife, hire a kayak or take a guided kayak tour Okarito Kayaks or Okarito boat tour on the Okarito lagoon.

There is also the easy 20 minute Wetland Walk which starts at the Old School House and crosses the estuary on a curving boardwalk.

The Department of Conservation's Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary is located here and you can take an evening tour to see the kiwi in the wild.

There are historical records and photos on Okarito’s gold mining history in the harbour masters Wharf Shed and the historic Donovan's Store has been lovingly refurbished by the locals.

Events

Events

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19 January 2020
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Cecil Turbine + Jane McArthur Band - Okarito

All the way from Melbourne, Australia, Cecil Turbine and Jane McArthur Band will perform in Okarito on 19 January 2020.

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See, do & stay

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Accommodation
Heartland Glacier Country.jpg Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is privileged to be located within a unique world heritage area.

$239 - $528
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Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting

Shoot undercover with total protection from any rain (it can get wet here in the rainforest) in a building designed especially for our environment and your shooting experience.

$110 - $130
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Otto/MacDonalds Campsite Otto/MacDonalds Campsite

Easily accessible. Boat, fish for trout or swim in Lake Mapourika.

$6.50 - $13
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Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools5.jpg Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

Nestled among the lush native rainforest in the heart of Franz Josef, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools provide a truly unique, natural setting for the ultimate in relaxation.

$29 to $149 (valid until 30 September 2020)
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White Heron with chick White Heron Sanctuary Tours

A unique experience to visit New Zealand’s only white heron nesting site in the Waitangi roto Nature Reserve.

Adult: $NZ 150 /
Child up to 12 years: $NZ 75
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Glacier-Country-Helicopters-Franz-Josef.JPG Glacier Country Helicopters Ltd.

Glacier Country Helicopters offer a choice of three scenic flight across the rainforests, glaciers and mountains that form our incredible backyard.

$280 - $495
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