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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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The Danberrys (Nashville)

Fri 15th Dec 2017

Described as "a rhythmically seductive and emotionally connecting band," The Danberrys are led by Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, ...

Where: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland
Address: The Strand, Okarito, Westland

From: 8:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017
To: 10:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017

Interislander Summer Festival Westport Trots

From: Tue 26th Dec 2017

West Coasters - join Westport Trotting Club on Boxing Day and December 28 for the Interislander Summer Festival. It's your chance to unwind from the Christmas rush (and enjoy a picnic of Christmas leftovers!) at a ...

Where: Westport Trotting Club, Westport, Buller
Address: 15 Derby St, Westport, Buller

From: 10:00am on Tuesday 26th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Thursday 28th December 2017

Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Trots

Sat 30th Dec 2017

The perfect way to enjoy the lead up to the New Year is a day spent at Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Family Trots. Rally your family and friends, pack a picnic - or sample the local fare - and set up a base ...

Where: Reefton Racecourse, Reefton, Buller
Address: Lower Broadway, Reefton, Buller

From: 10:00am on Saturday 30th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 30th December 2017

Interislander Summer Festival Greymouth Family Races

Sun 7th Jan 2018

Enjoy a great family day out at Greymouth Jockey Club's Interislander Summer Festival event with free children's entertainment as well as thrilling thoroughbred action. There is loads of great entertainment for the ...

Where: Greymouth Racecourse, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Omoto Road, Greymouth, Grey

From: 10:00am on Sunday 7th January 2018
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 7th January 2018

Interislander Summer Festival Hokitika Family Races

Wed 10th Jan 2018

Enjoy a family day out at Interislander Summer Festival Hokitika Family Races with exciting thoroughbred racing, live music, free kids entertainment, Fashion in the Field and plenty of that great West Coast atmosphere.

Where: Hokitika Racecourse, Hokitika, Westland
Address: Park Street, Hokitika, Hokitika, Westland

From: 10:00am on Wednesday 10th January 2018
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018

Treasures of Tauranga Bay Community Conservation and Fun Day

Sun 21st Jan 2018

Come and find out about the Biodiversity Treasures of Tauranga Bay and the projects happening there, connect with the people who are working to protect it and come for a great day out with loads of activities for ...

Where: Tauranga Bay, Westport, Buller
Address: Tauranga Bay Rd, Westport, Buller

From: 10:00am on Sunday 21st January 2018
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 21st January 2018

National Youth Brass Band

Thu 25th Jan 2018

Under the baton of David Bremner (principal trombone NZSO, conductor of Wellington Brass, the champion band of New Zealand), the 2018 National Youth Brass Band presents "History - a celebration of 200 years of brass ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Thursday 25th January 2018
To: 9:30pm on Thursday 25th January 2018

Gold Trail

Sun 4th Feb 2018

Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before. Gold Trail is an amazing ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search ...

Where: Shantytown, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Rutherglen Rd, Paroa, Greymouth, Grey

From: 9:30am on Sunday 4th February 2018
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 4th February 2018

Music & Dance

Thu 8th Feb 2018

Baroque Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an enchanting concert with music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann featuring Baroque period dance specialist, Mareike Greb from Germany, in full period ...

Where: St Patrick’s Church, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 40 High Street, Greymouth, Grey

From: 7:30pm on Thursday 8th February 2018
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 8th February 2018

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