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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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Jade Carving Tour

From: Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Come and discover the long-standing tradition of jade carving on the West Coast! Every day this summer you can join a free guided tour of our jade carving workshop in Hokitika. You'll get to meet local West Coast ...

Where: Mountain Jade, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 41 Weld St, Hokitika, Westland

From: 9:30am on Friday 22nd November 2019
To: 3:00pm on Friday 31st January 2020

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Greymouth Market

From: Sun 6th Oct 2019

The Greymouth Community Market is held every Sunday at the Greymouth campus of Tai Poutini Polytechnic. As of Labour weekend the Market will be outside in the Car park which is on a main highway and draws lots of ...

Where: Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 73-87 Tainui St, Greymouth, Grey

From: 10:00am on Sunday 6th October 2019
To: 2:00pm on Sunday 26th January 2020

Interislander Summer Festival Westport Trots

Thu 26th Dec 2019

A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Escape with friends and family to some of the country’s best scenic spots and enjoy an unforgettable day on-course with the ...

Where: Westport Racecourse, Westport, Buller
Address: Derby Street, Westport, Buller

From: 10:30am on Thursday 26th December 2019
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 26th December 2019

Mickey & Michelle w/ Courtney Allison

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Harpist Michelle Doyle and violinist/vocalist Michael O’Donnell are set to embark on an epic 3000km tour of New Zealand’s ‘Te Araroa’ trail. They are also bringing their instruments with them to perform a series ...

Where: The Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 6 Cargills Road, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey

From: 7:00pm on Friday 27th December 2019
To: 9:30pm on Friday 27th December 2019

Interislander Summer Festival Westport Trots

Sat 28th Dec 2019

A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Escape with friends and family to some of the country’s best scenic spots and enjoy an unforgettable day on-course with the ...

Where: 15 Derby St, Westport 7825, Westport, West Coast
Address: 15 Derby St, Westport 7825

From: 10:30am on Saturday 28th December 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 28th December 2019

Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Family Trots

Mon 30th Dec 2019

A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Treat the whole gang to classic summer memories and smiles with a fun-filled day out trackside at the Interislander Summer ...

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

From: 10:30am on Monday 30th December 2019
To: 11:59pm on Monday 30th December 2019

Interislander Summer Festival Greymouth Family Races

Sun 5th Jan 2020

A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Treat the whole gang to classic summer memories and smiles with a fun-filled day out trackside at the Interislander Summer ...

Where: Omoto Racecourse, Greymouth, West Coast
Address: Omoto Rd, Greymouth 7805

From: 10:30am on Sunday 5th January 2020
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 5th January 2020

Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Family Races

Wed 8th Jan 2020

A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Treat the whole gang to classic summer memories and smiles with a fun-filled day out trackside at the Interislander Summer ...

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

From: 10:00am on Wednesday 8th January 2020
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 8th January 2020

Interislander Summer Festival Greymouth Family Races

Tue 14th Jan 2020

A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Treat the whole gang to classic summer memories and smiles with a fun-filled day out trackside at the Interislander Summer ...

Where: Omoto racecourse, Greymouth, West Coast
Address: Omoto Rd, Greymouth 7805

From: 10:30am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 14th January 2020

Gold Trail

Sat 8th Feb 2020

40km Mountain Bike Ride that will leave a lasting impression for life. This is achievable by everyone young, old, middle aged, athlete, weekend warrior or first time rider looking for a real challenge. You’ll be ...

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

From: 9:30am on Saturday 8th February 2020
To: 1:30pm on Saturday 8th February 2020

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