Glacier Country - West Coast

Glacier Country - West Coast

  • If you're planning a holiday to New Zealand's Glaciers, looking for West Coast accommodation,
    or simply after visitor information and details on the full range of attractions, dining options and services at the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, then  has everything you need to know. 

    Here the lakes, rivers, forests and beaches of an untamed, yet accessible wilderness are as pure as you will find anywhere. Glacier Country is at the heart of the broader UNESCO World Heritage Area. This place is known as "Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand".

    What to See & Do

    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 Glacier Country.

    The range of activities available in & around Fox Glacier & Franz Josef is truly diverse and all activities are available all year round. 

    Choose from Glacier Country adventures like guided glacier walks and other activities such as kayaking, kiwi encounters, quad biking, off-road buggies, tandem skydiving and white-water rafting. There‚Äôs 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.

    Glacier Country Accommodation

    Everyone from the thrifty backpacker to those who are looking for decadence and those inbetween will find clean and hospitable places to stay in Glacier Country on the South Island's West Coast.

    The range of accommodation between Whataroa and Paringa, including Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier villages includes hotels, motels, lodges, bed and breakfast and holiday parks.

    Most are set amongst rainforest and beautiful untouched scenery. Here we have included details of accommodation operators who will extend true West Coast hospitality to you during your stay in Glacier Country New Zealand!

    Where to Dine & Shop

    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. On our website are details of tourism operators who will extend true West Coast hospitality to you during your stay in Glacier Country New Zealand.

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    Glacier Country - West Coast