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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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The Kugels

Fri 13th Sep 2019

29 Aug - 29 Sep 2019 AOTNZ Tour. Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting. Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Friday 13th September 2019
To: 11:59pm on Friday 13th September 2019

Loss, Grief and Healing Seminar with Sue

Fri 13th Sep 2019

If you’re reading this notice, then you’ve been drawn to my seminar event for a very special reason. I have been told that the universe certainly works in mysterious ways, and we are often guided to certain people ...

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

From: 7:00pm on Friday 13th September 2019
To: 10:00pm on Friday 13th September 2019

Birds, Bones, Caves and Conservation

Sat 14th Sep 2019

As part of part of the Conservation Week 2019 Underworld Adventures would like to invite the local community to experience and learn about one of the most precious parts of the West Coast - the fragile cave and karst ...

Where: Underworld Adventure Center and Cafe, Charleston, Buller
Address: State Highway 6, Charleston, Buller

From: 6:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 14th September 2019

The Story of the Blues

Sat 14th Sep 2019

Just recently returned from a 10 date USA tour. With 3 albums to their name. Ryan Neville and the Midnight Blues Show band will be performing their 5 Star show the Story of The Blues. Pre sale tickets only $23 - ...

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

From: 8:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019

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Afternoon Country Variety Concert with Joy Adams

Thu 19th Sep 2019

Waikato based Country Entertainer, Joy Adams will present an afternoon of great music at one of her favourite venues - The Old Lodge Theatre. With 19 Albums to her credit, Joy is a Multi-Award Winning ...

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

From: 1:30pm on Thursday 19th September 2019
To: 3:30pm on Thursday 19th September 2019

Wool On Wheels Pop Up

Thu 19th Sep 2019

Do you love a good yarn? So do we! All the variety of a major yarn market in one room so you can squish to your heart's delight. This is your annual opportunity to browse an amazing selection of artisan yarns, ...

Where: New Coasters, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 38 Albert St, Greymouth, Grey

From: 4:00pm on Thursday 19th September 2019
To: 7:00pm on Thursday 19th September 2019

Coast Road Dawn Chorus Gathering

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Come along for a day of sharing and learning on predator trapping. We have a packed day of skills based workshops, interactive talks, a guest speaker and a guided tour of the Barrytown School trapping project by some of ...

Where: Barrytown Hall, Punakaiki, Buller
Address: 6 Cargills Rd, Punakaiki, Buller

From: 9:30am on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 4:30pm on Saturday 21st September 2019

Dog Training - Kiwi and Weka Avoidance

From: Sat 21st Sep 2019

Dogs and their owners are invited to participate in kiwi and weka avoidance training in Hokitika on 21 and 22 September 2019. This event is part of Conservation Week 2019 - www.conservationweek.org.nz Dog owners ...

Where: Goldsborough Campsite, Kumara, Grey
Address: Stafford Loop Rd, Kumara 7882, Kumara, Grey

From: 9:00am on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019

Wild Ones

From: Sat 17th Aug 2019

Over four Saturdays this term, children will enjoy stretching their creative minds and using their muscles to build and play in the bush. Inspiring activities set the stage for creative outdoor play. They’ll also ...

Where: Kahurangi Lodge, Kumara, West Coast
Address: Serpentine Road, Kumara

From: 9:00am on Saturday 17th August 2019
To: 3:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019

Tour of Camerons Beach with Guardians of Paroa

Sun 22nd Sep 2019

Do you love penguins and spending time out on our beautiful coastline? Join the Guardians of Paroa for a leisurely walk along Camerons beach to look at predator trap boxes and penguin nesting boxes the Trust has ...

Where: meet at Camerons Hall, Greymouth, West Coast
Address: 2 Pandora Ave, Camerons

From: 9:30am on Sunday 22nd September 2019
To: 12:30pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019

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