It is not until you place your footprints onto a high alpine snow field, journey deep into the towering rainforests, explore the blue ice caves of the glaciers, tackle a trout on a beautiful lake or jetboat up a glacial river, that you will truly experience all that N.Z's Glacier Country has to offer
The range of activities available at Franz Josef Glacier Village is truly diverse. All activities are available all year round.
There’s also a range of scenic flights (choose from helicopter or fixed wing, with or without snow landings), horse treks, hot pools, boat trips, kayaking and the stunning mirror views of Lake Matheson and the two villages to explore.
Everyone from the thrifty backpacker to those who are looking for decadence and those inbetween will find clean and hospitable places to stay at Franz Josef Glacier Village in Glacier Country on the South Island's West Coast.
The range of accommodation at Franz Josef Glacier villages includes hotels, motels, lodges, bed and breakfast and holiday parks. Most are set amongst rainforest and beautiful untouched scenery.
Services & Shops
The Franz Josef Glacier Township has a good range of service providers that you may not expect to find in a small village. You can get petrol, post mail, check your email, be rescued by our MTA approved mechanic, hire a bike or a car, talk to a police officer, visit the health clinic, rent a car, spend time in a historic church, or purchase images from our professional landscape photographer.
Dine & Shop
There are cafes & bars that offer hearty food in a relaxed family environment through to a world class five star restaurant. The hospitable staff at our local eateries can even cater for large groups by arrangement. There are locations that offer indoor/ outdoor dining so you can sit back and enjoy a view of New Zealand’s Southern Alps while you satisfy your appetite with sumptuous food. A range of shops supply the essential stuff from post cards to wine.
Life is relaxed on the West Coast of the South Island and there is a strong community spirit here, borne from the area's early isolation and pioneering history. This spirit underpins the legendary West Coast hospitality ensuring visitors happy and enduring memories.
We look foward to your visit to Franz Josef Glacier.
Online visitor guide for Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Westland National Park, a spectacular World Heritage Area on the West Coast. Daily glacier updates & live webcams, accommodation, attractions, activities, walks, maps and photos.