west-coast

West Coast

Highlights

  • Walk to glacier lookout
  • Nearby rainforests, waterfalls and lakes

Proximity

The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area.

West Coast
Franz Josef, West Coast

Franz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a 1.5 hour walk will take you to within 750m of its terminal face. 

If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a heli-hike or a guided ice walk. Aerial sightseeing is another option.

There's a range of natural attractions in close proximity to Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lose yourself in the rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes.

In the town, you’ll find plenty of places to stay and eat, or relax at the Glacier Hot Pools or explore the wildlife centre. At nearby Lake Mapourika, you can take a kayak tour or rent a stand-up paddleboard.

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