A unique must-see region
The small but lively Franz Josef Glacier village is only a few kilometres from the Glacier itself, and is situated at the base of the spectacular Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. The village has an excellent variety of accommodation, restaurants, activities and general services.
There are a range of attractions such as guided glacier hikes with us, a cycleway, forest hikes of varying length, kayaking, fishing, and action adventures like quad biking or skydiving to name a few. You won't be short of options, so make sure you set a couple of days aside to make the most of your stay!
Things to do in Franz Josef
Kayaking & Scenic Cruises
Enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers reflected upon Lake Mapourika’s mirror-like water. You’ll also get up close and personal with some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforest as you paddle or cruise your way through the protected habitat of the elusive kiwi. Fishing charters also available.
West Coast Wildlife Centre
The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a unique and interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation and wildlife all under one roof. Discover highly endangered Tuatara and see live young Rowi kiwi. This all-weather attraction is fun for all ages to explore and takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Franz Josef Glacier.
Soaking in a Hot Tub
The ultimate way to relax. Waiho Hot Tubs is located across the road from the Glacier Base Building and is the perfect activity after our Glacier Heli Hike or Ice Climb. Relax for an hour in one of their private hot tubs, hidden in a rainforest setting. A truly pampering experience, beautiful in the sun and magical in the rain.
Accommodation in Franz Josef
Centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Village is Rainforest Retreat. Nestled in six acres of idyllic native bush, Rainforest Retreat offers a range of premium accommodation that embraces its beautiful, secluded, natural environment. A great place to relax and indulge.
Top 10 Holiday Park
In a quiet setting with excellent views, the Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park has a great range of accommodation. It has a choice of cabins and self-contained Park Motels, spacious powered sites and plenty of grassy sites for tents.
Set amidst views of snow-capped mountains and rainforest covered hills, along with views of the Franz Josef Glacier, this is the closest motel to the centre of Franz Josef. It is a three-minute walk from several restaurants and bars, and four minutes to the hot pools.
Snake Bite Brewery
Snake Bite strive to be honest, authentic and affordable – their simple aim is to complement the real taste of Asia with some of the exciting NZ Craft Beers that are brewed with passion in a relaxed and casual environment.
At The Landing Bar and Restaurant, they have made 'Their Place' a special place where you will be treated like royalty without being pretentious, where every night is a celebration and every occasion made memorable.
Blue Ice Restaurant & Bar
Blue Ice is a great restaurant for those seeking a special meal. With a broad menu including New Zealand, European, Filipino and Asian options, and an extensive wine list, Blue Ice offers excellent service and a pleasant interior.