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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is a dramatic large glacier located within Westland National Park in the South Island's West Coast and forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. The Franz Josef Glacier area has some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand located just six kilometres from the centre of the Franz Josef village. Come, See awe-inspiring remnants of the ice age cascade from snowfields to rainforest valley floors. Hop in a helicopter and have the glacial experience of a lifetime landing on the top of the glacier and exploring the crevasses and wonders of this remarkable glacier more

Franz Josef Glacier tumbles down from the tops of the white, lofty Southern Alps (the tallest in New Zealand) into the rainforest covered valley close to sea level at the astonishing rate of about 70cm per day – about 10 times faster than normal glaciers. This provides a very rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacier in a temperate environment, within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway. Franz Josef village is in a high rainfall zone with mild temperatures. Franz Josef is situated about 5 hours drive from Christchurch and the nearest notable town is Hokitika – about an hour and a half drive away.

This World Heritage region has so much more to offer than just the must-do iconic glacier. Imagine soaking in utter relaxation in the natural hot-water springs of the valley rainforest after a day flying up to, landing on, then hiking in and around the dazzling Franz Josef Glacier. New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors and true to form Franz Josef hosts many more outdoor adventures awaiting you. Expand your itinerary to include skydiving over this glorious landscape, alpine or valley rainforest hiking, bathing the in natural hot-water pools, kayaking, cycling, visiting the world renowned photographer Andris Apse’s galley, seeing the world’s rarest kiwi, touring New Zealand’s only White Heron colony, quad biking and more.

Franz Josef accommodation boasts a broad range of options, most are based in the Franz Josef village and many are built around taking advantage of the impressive views of this unspoilt region. Choose from your selection of accommodation that may including five-star luxury hotels, homely bread and breakfast accommodation, retreats set in lush rainforests, budget backpacker accommodation, outdoor camping and more options.

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    YHA FRANZ JOSEF

    Nestled into the stunning backdrop of rainforest and mountain views, YHA Franz Josef is in the centre of the township and handy to the glaciers and the West Coast. With great prices and quality accommodation, including private ensuite, multi-share and family rooms, YHA Franz Josef offers WiFi, drying room, bike storage, free sauna, parking, spacious kitchen and BBQ. Limited camp-sites.

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Operatunity Presents: It's Rainin' Men!

Thu 29th Jun 2017

Four fabulous men sing some of the greatest songs ever written, ranging from music theatre, powerful ballads, Rat Pack, 50’s songs in a show of melody and memories!

Where: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey

From: 11:00am on Thursday 29th June 2017
To: 1:00pm on Thursday 29th June 2017

Rhys Darby Mystic Time Bird

Tue 4th Jul 2017

Darby’s shows are always a mix of astute observations and stand-up cocooned in a fantastical story that takes his audience on a journey through the ridiculous to the downright silly. This show promises to be no ...

Where: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey

From: 8:00pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017
To: 10:30pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017

Rhys Darby Mystic Time Bird

Wed 5th Jul 2017

Darby’s shows are always a mix of astute observations and stand-up cocooned in a fantastical story that takes his audience on a journey through the ridiculous to the downright silly. This show promises to be no ...

Where: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller
Address: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller

From: 8:00pm on Wednesday 5th July 2017
To: 10:30pm on Wednesday 5th July 2017

Legal Tender In Concert

Sun 9th Jul 2017

The ‘Legal Tender” duo of Ian Campbell and Moira Howard-Campbell have been performing an eclectic mix of country/folk, originals and covers around New Zealand for more years than they care to remember. Frequent ...

Where: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 11 Revell Street, Hokitika, Westland

From: 2:30pm on Sunday 9th July 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 9th July 2017

New Zealand Guitar Quartet

Sat 15th Jul 2017

New Zealand Guitar Quartet AOTNZ Tour 28 June – 21 July 2017. Four uniquely accomplished guitarists, Christopher Hill, Jane Curry, John Couch and Owen Moriarty, bring an infectious energy to the concert stage. ...

Where: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 11 Revell Street, Hokitika, Westland

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 15th July 2017
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 15th July 2017

Operatunity Presents: The Last Night of The Proms

Mon 14th Aug 2017

A variety show of magnificent melodies, singalongs, skits, madness, and mayhem as we all experience a Right Royal time. Cameron Barclay, star of the Ten Tenors joins Sue Boland, John Cameron, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, ...

Where: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller
Address: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller

From: 11:00am on Monday 14th August 2017
To: 1:00pm on Monday 14th August 2017

Operatunity Presents: Fabulous 50's

Thu 28th Sep 2017

Relive the romance and the fun when vocals met harmonies as we celebrate the greatest hits of the 50's. Singers and Band pay tribute to greats like Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Doris Day and Bill Haley and the Comets! ...

Where: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey

From: 11:00am on Thursday 28th September 2017
To: 1:00pm on Thursday 28th September 2017

Westport Whitebait Festival

Sat 21st Oct 2017

This is a family friendly, a community event held annually on Palmerston Street during Labour weekend. There is live music, entertainment, late night shopping, stalls, community and sports group fundraisers, food and ...

Where: Palmerston Street, Westport, Westport, West Coast
Address: 174 Palmerston Street

From: 3:00pm on Saturday 21st October 2017
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 21st October 2017

Deb Webber Show

Sun 12th Nov 2017

Doors open 2:30 pm and the show starts 3 pm. There is no assigned seating, sit wherever feels right for you. Then the incredible Deb Webber will walk through the audience, giving spontaneous readings - connecting to ...

Where: Westport RSA, Westport, Buller
Address: 137 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller

From: 3:00pm on Sunday 12th November 2017
To: 5:30pm on Sunday 12th November 2017

Deb Webber Show

Tue 14th Nov 2017

Doors open 7 pm and the show starts 7:30 pm. There is no assigned seating, sit wherever feels right for you. Then the incredible Deb Webber will walk through the audience, giving spontaneous readings - connecting to ...

Where: Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 32 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth, Grey

From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 14th November 2017
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 14th November 2017

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