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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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    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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MUD, Sweat & Tears - The Battle of Passchendaele

From: Fri 6th Oct 2017

To commemorate those who served at the Battle of Passchendaele, that had any connection to Westland (born in, enlisted from, retired to or died). At least 49 of our personnel fought during this futile battle of Mud, ...

Where: Westland District Library, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 20 Sewell St, Hokitika, Westland

From: 12:00pm on Friday 6th October 2017
To: 2:00pm on Tuesday 31st October 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

The Bentley Effect Film NZ Tour - Hokitika

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

"The Bentley Effect” film tour - Spreading hope across NZ to grassroots communities. “One of the most important films of the century” described by Polly Higgins, renowned barrister, award winning author and ...

Where: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 23 Weld St, Hokitika, Westland

From: 7:00pm on Monday 23rd October 2017
To: 9:30pm on Monday 23rd October 2017

Treasures of Tauranga Bay Community Conservation Day

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

This event is part of Conservation Week 2017 - conservationweek.org.nz. Come and find out about the Biodiversity Treasures of Tauranga Bay and the projects happening there, connect with the people who are working to ...

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

From: 10:00am on Monday 23rd October 2017
To: 3:00pm on Monday 23rd October 2017

Richie & Rosie

Fri 27th Oct 2017

Out of the United States, banjo player Richie Stearns (The Horse Flies, Donna the Buffalo) and fiddler Rosie Newton (The Duhks) are a really mesmerizing duo, playing mostly old-time/Appalachian styled originals with ...

Where: Formerly the Blackball Hilton, Blackball, Grey
Address: 26 Hart Street, Blackball, Grey

From: 7:00pm on Friday 27th October 2017
To: 11:59pm on Friday 27th October 2017

To Photograph Every Bird In New Zealand

Fri 27th Oct 2017

“To photograph every bird species in New Zealand” is the theme of the illustrated talk to be given by Paul Gibson of Whanganui. Paul will tell how his attempts have gone to date and share with you many of his ...

Where: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 23 Weld St, Hokitika, Westland

From: 7:00pm on Friday 27th October 2017
To: 9:00pm on Friday 27th October 2017

Magic Lightbox

Wed 8th Nov 2017

Delaney Davidson, presents his all new show Magic Lightbox. Remember the slide show of the returned traveller? Remember the projected image on a sheet in the living room? Remember the live orchestra providing music ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 8th November 2017
To: 10:00pm on Wednesday 8th November 2017

Delaney Davidson and His All New Show: Magic Lightbox

Thu 9th Nov 2017

Delaney Davidson in carnival mode – AOTNZ ‘Magic Lightbox’ tour Oct/Nov 2017. Remember the slide show of the returned traveller? Remember the projected image on a sheet in the living room? See these old-time ...

Where: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey

From: 8:00pm on Thursday 9th November 2017
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 9th November 2017

Delaney Davidson and His All New Show: Magic Lightbox

Fri 10th Nov 2017

Delaney Davidson in carnival mode – AOTNZ ‘Magic Lightbox’ tour Oct/Nov 2017. Remember the slide show of the returned traveller? Remember the projected image on a sheet in the living room? See these old-time ...

Where: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller
Address: 55 Bridge St, Reefton, Buller

From: 8:00pm on Friday 10th November 2017
To: 11:59pm on Friday 10th November 2017

Deb Webber Show: SOLD OUT

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

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