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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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Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story

Tue 19th Jun 2018

An explosive documentary breaks new ground, uncovering an unlikely truth about Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon, when the award-winning Kangaroo hits New Zealand screens from June 19. The ...

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

From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 19th June 2018
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 19th June 2018

The Addams Family Musical

From: Wed 20th Jun 2018

This weird and wonderful family comes to life in this magnificently macabre new musical comedy from the authors of ‘The Jersey Boys’. The show features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. ...

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

From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Wed 20th Jun 2018

Enviroschools West Coast, Buller REAP, and Buller District Council are pleased to host an evening session on zero waste living at the NBS Theatre in Westport. Join Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the No-Waste Nomads ...

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

From: 5:30pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018
To: 7:30pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Fri 22nd Jun 2018

Reefton Early Learning Centre and Reefton Area School are pleased to host an evening session on zero waste living at the The Broadway Tearooms & Bakery Reefton. We're the Future Dough Co in Reefton - along with a ...

Where: Broadway Tearooms & Bakery, Reefton, Buller
Address: 31 Broadway, Reefton, Buller

From: 7:00pm on Friday 22nd June 2018
To: 9:00pm on Friday 22nd June 2018

Norðan - Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle

Tue 26th Jun 2018

Norðan - North Atlantic Soundscapes - with slideshow on big screen. Angelika Nielsen - violin, vocals; Thomas Loefke - Celtic harp, photography. Bookings: Hokitika Regent: Tel.: 03 7558101 Angelika Nielsen - the ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 26th June 2018
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 26th June 2018

Atv & Trail Mud Plug 2018

From: Sat 21st Jul 2018

What an amazing turnout we had last year, so this time we’ve decided to open our tracks to the public for two days! Bring your bike, come out and tear up 20kms of extremely muddy farm and forestry tracks. Creek and ...

Where: On Yer BIke, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 511 State Highway 6, Greymouth, Grey

From: 9:00am on Saturday 21st July 2018
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018

South Island Comedy Stars In Hokitika

Fri 24th Aug 2018

Blowout Comedy is proud to bring you this killer show! On Friday August 24th some of the best comedians the South Island has to offer are hitting the West Coast performing for one night only at The Lodge Theatre in ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Friday 24th August 2018
To: 9:30pm on Friday 24th August 2018

Spring Challenge

Sat 29th Sep 2018

The fact you're on this page and reading this, then you can do it. It's that simple! Welcome. The Spring Challenge is an adventure race for women which began in New Zealand in 2007. It is a team event where ...

Where: Carters Beach Domain, Westport, Buller
Address: Marine Parade, Carters Beach, Westport, Buller

From: 6:00am on Saturday 29th September 2018
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 29th September 2018

Don McGlashan - Free Flight NZ Tour

Sat 20th Oct 2018

Coming to a town near you. Don McGlashan on a Nationwide 17-date NZ Tour One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has today announced an extensive 17-date nationwide New Zealand tour, where he ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 20th October 2018
To: 10:30pm on Saturday 20th October 2018

The ABBA Show

Fri 7th Dec 2018

Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute - The ABBA Show - is coming to town! Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show is a ...

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

From: 8:00pm on Friday 7th December 2018
To: 10:30pm on Friday 7th December 2018

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