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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Mobile-friendly - Ideally situated just a short stroll into the main Franz Josef village, surrounded by native bush and majestic mountains, providing privacy for guests in tranquil, peaceful setting. Those exhausted from travel may wish to have a warm relaxing soak in the Glacier Hot Pools Complex opposite the Motel or meet the rare Rowi Kiwi at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the thrill of riding two-seater quadbikes through dense rainforest and braided riverbeds. Have fun in the sun and see spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the famous Franz Josef Glacier OR as we like to say, the wetter the better to get down and dirty in the mud and water. All wet-weather gear provided and no experience necessary.
Scenic flights over the South Island's spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Mobile-friendly - Our spectacular "Grand Traverse" Scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Experienced pilots, safe, modern aircraft, every seat has a window - get the big picture!
Mobile-friendly - Air Safaris offers a range of helicopter flights from Lake Tekapo. All with a snow or alpine landing. Chose from the 30 minute Explorer, the 45 minute Grandeur or the 60 minute Magic. See New Zealand’s tallest mountains and longest glaciers up close.
Mobile-friendly - Warm, affordable accommodation in a delightful, popular area of New Zealand. Quiet location near fantastic natural scenic attractions. Close to the picturesque glacier, local cafes, restaurants, pubs and tour operators. Quality, comfortable accommodation, modern facilities, picturesque views—we have it all! Friendly hosts keen to assist.
Mobile-friendly - Situated in Franz Josef Glacier township surrounded by beautiful native bush and stunning mountain views. Amaia Luxury Spa offers outstanding Skin and Body Therapies in a peaceful and relaxed environment. Gorgeous Facial Therapies that will restore your natural radiance and balance your skins needs. Massage Therapies including Lomi-Lomi to soothe away tension and promote a sense of well-being.
Mobile-friendly - Stay at our Franz Josef Glacier motel accommodation and experience our friendly service and modern units at competitive rates. Studio, Spa Bath, Family and Accessible units with free unlimited WiFi. We are located in the heart of the village, an easy walk to restaurants, activities and are just metres to the very popular Glacier Hot Pools.
Mobile-friendly - Franz Josef Glacier is a spectacular and unique ice fall of crevasses, pinnacles, ice caves and canyons. Centrally located in Franz Josef Village, we provide a unique West Coast experience. Accommodation options from backpacker dorms, doubles and twins with shared facilities, modern self-contained backpacker units, modern double units, queen/twin studio motels. Two-bedroom family unit sleeping five. Check out our free stuff!
Mobile-friendly - Chauffeurnz.com specialises in transport for the South Island of New Zealand. We are committed to providing ultimate comfort private chauffeur services to meet each client's unique requirements while on holiday or corporate transfers. If you would like to be privately chauffeured in the luxury of Lexus sedans and Mercedes Benz mini vans we are the transport business for you.
Purpose-built for couples, families or groups, the Franz Alpine Retreat has the facilities that allow you to feel at home. Relax amongst some of the most stunning scenery this country has to offer, and do your own thing at the first escape that we have created at Franz Josef. Enjoy the breathtaking environment around you and check out our packages.
This stunning E-Postcard showcases the cascading Franz Josef Glacier, located on the West Coast of New Zealand. Digital postcards are fun to send and receive and an ideal way to message a friend or family member. Send one today!
Mobile-friendly - An internationally unique guiding operation, Franz Josef Glacier Guides prides itself on providing the most incredible glacier experience. The skill and experience of their guides, combined with crampons, allow you to travel comfortably through some of the most spectacular and challenging terrain imaginable.
Mobile-friendly - Located in Franz Josef township, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquillity. These unique hot pools are nestled among native rainforest offering a range of relaxation options including main pools, private pools and spa and massage treatments. The perfect way to unwind after a day of travel on the coast or exploring the glaciers.
Mobile-friendly - In a quiet rural setting with magnificent glacier and mountain views. Motels, cabins and camping sites in a park-like space. Nestled beneath a breathtaking glacial panorama, Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park is the perfect base for exploring the many attractions and activities of the region. Lodge available for larger groups, sleeping up to 30 in 7 rooms all with their own bathrooms.
Mobile-friendly - Glacier Country Helicopters Ltd are a local family-owned and operated helicopter company based in Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of the South Island. Their scenic flights depart on demand, taking our guests into the stunning wilderness of rain forest, glaciers and mountains they've grown up to love over the past years, a real journey of discovery and adventure.
Mobile-friendly - Glacier Country Lake Tours provides Scenic Cruises and Fishing charters on Lake Mapourika. The Hannah-K is a fully enclosed scenic tour boat designed to let you enjoy the beauty of the West Coast in comfort and style. Fish for Salmon and Trout or sit back and enjoy the panoramic mountain views, pristine rainforest and native birdlife of Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.
Mobile-friendly - Active adventure, relaxation or family fun all against the backdrop of spectacular scenery, Glacier Country offers something for everyone. From the mountains to the sea, you won't want to miss any of it. Create your own unforgettable Glacier Country experience from the wealth of things to do in Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Okarito and the surrounding area.
Mobile-friendly - Unique kayak adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Join us for a kayaking tour you'll never forget. Ranked number one on the list of things to do while in Franz Josef! Explore a glacial lake, native rainforest while enjoying views of this unique alpine environment. Read more about our team, before we meet you out on the lake!
Glenfern Villas offers luxurious One and Two bedroom Villas that are ideal for the discerning traveller. Roomy, luxurious, stylish and contemporary, apartment-style, self-catering accommodation in Franz Josef Glacier. Check out this Trip Advisor award winner. Features include sun-deck, outdoor furniture, petanque court, mini bar, Sky TV with large flatscreens and air-conditioning. Next door to Tatare Peaks Animal Farm.
Mobile-friendly - Dormitory rooms as well as private rooms on different levels with a cosy, homely atmosphere. Only a few minutes' walk to everything Franz Josef has to offer! Book all your activities at our reception. Take a private room or share one of our dorms. We have a cosy log fire in a large communal area that extends outside.
Mobile-friendly - Experienced helicopter company providing visitors with diverse range of South Island scenic helicopter flights and private charters in the most spectacular alpine and coastal regions of New Zealand. Specialising in year-round snow landings and flight-seeing within National Parks. Operator of choice for hunters, climbers, ski-groups wanting access to backcountry. Also based at Fox Glacier in Fox Guides Building, Main Road.
Mobile-friendly - INFLITE Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters are the only company to offer glacier landing flights in both ski planes and helicopters. Experience the natural quiet of Tasman Glacier and absorb the ever changing landscape of the Southern Alps including NZ's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. INFLITE Mount Cook is proudly Qualmark Gold & only 5 minutes from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village.
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