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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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ALPINE GLACIER MOTEL

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    It's In the Drag

    Sat 19th Aug 2017

    Be prepared to laugh, the irrepressible and hilarious girls (and I say that loosely) from K Road in Auckland's Heel's Cabaret will recreate the iconic Selwyn Toogood show from the 1960's "It's in the bag" remember this ...

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

    From: 7:00pm on Saturday 19th August 2017
    To: 9:30pm on Saturday 19th August 2017

    Doug Avery The Resilient Farmer Book Tour

    Fri 25th Aug 2017

    Don’t miss this unforgettable evening with Doug Avery to celebrate the publication of his much-anticipated book. Recently awarded an MNZM Queen’s Birthday honour in recognition of his services to agriculture and ...

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

    From: 6:30pm on Friday 25th August 2017
    To: 9:00pm on Friday 25th August 2017

    An Déise (Ireland)

    Wed 30th Aug 2017

    An Déise are three of Ireland's top traditional musicians; Paddy Tutty (fiddle, bodhran), Derek Morrissey (button accordian) and Caoimhin O Fearghaíl, TG4 Ireland musician of the year in 2012 (guitar, vocals, flute, ...

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

    From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 30th August 2017
    To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 30th August 2017

    An Déise

    Thu 31st Aug 2017

    An Déise are three of Ireland's top traditional musicians; Paddy Tutty (fiddle, bodhran), Derek Morrissey (button accordian) and Caoimhin O Fearghaíl, TG4 Ireland musician of the year in 2012 (guitar, vocals, flute, ...

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

    From: 7:30pm on Thursday 31st August 2017
    To: 11:59pm on Thursday 31st August 2017

    Tui Birds and Friends

    Thu 31st Aug 2017

    Tui Birds and Friends is comprised of Hokitika native Tui and two fellow music students from The University of Otago, Isaac Shatford and Morgan Cashmore. They bring to you a selection of romantic works for piano as ...

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

    From: 7:00pm on Thursday 31st August 2017
    To: 8:15pm on Thursday 31st August 2017

    Tui Birds and Friends

    Fri 1st Sep 2017

    Tui Birds and Friends is comprised of Hokitika native Tui and two fellow music students from The University of Otago, Isaac Shatford and Morgan Cashmore. They bring to you a selection of romantic works for piano as ...

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

    From: 7:00pm on Friday 1st September 2017
    To: 8:15pm on Friday 1st September 2017

    Tui Birds and Friends

    Sat 2nd Sep 2017

    Tui Birds and Friends is comprised of Hokitika native Tui and two fellow music students from The University of Otago, Isaac Shatford and Morgan Cashmore. They bring to you a selection of romantic works for piano as ...

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

    From: 7:00pm on Saturday 2nd September 2017
    To: 8:15pm on Saturday 2nd September 2017

    Say It Out Loud

    Wed 6th Sep 2017

    If you’ve always had a sneaky feeling that you are missing something when you are engaging with someone, that’s because you’re right. Talking makes up only 7 percent of all communication. The other 93 percent ...

    Where: The Ashley Hotel, Greymouth, Grey
    Address: 74 Tasman St, Greymouth, Grey

    From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 6th September 2017
    To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 6th September 2017

    The Story of the Blues Show

    Sat 9th Sep 2017

    The Story of the Blues - A Stunning Night of the Blues... Take the journey from the crossroads to Chicago! 5 Piece seasoned show band take you on train ride. Video screens, lights. Songs you all know and love by Nina ...

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

    From: 8:00pm on Saturday 9th September 2017
    To: 10:30pm on Saturday 9th September 2017

    Operatunity Presents: Fabulous 50's

    Thu 28th Sep 2017

    Operatunity Present's tributes to greats like Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Doris Day and Bill Haley and the Comets! Phenomenal star Suzanne Lynch leads a troupe of singers and band in our roll back of the clock to an ...

    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

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