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Things To Do In Franz Josef


What better way to experience some of the world’s most accessible glaciers. From the pristine snow-capped mountain tops to the lush rainforest, flying by plane or helicopter means you get to witness the glaciers in their entirety. Flying over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier is a absolute must to add to your to do list while you’re in Franz Josef. Check out the Franz and Fox Glacier options below. 

Air Safaris

Fox & Franz Heliservices

Glacier Helicopters

The Helicopter Line


Franz Josef is full of fun, family activities and we’ve put together a list of the timeless classics that we think all our guests should take advantage of.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers is just an arm's reach away when walking through the glaciers. It gets you up close and personal with the New Zealand snow and is sure to take your breath away. 

Glacier Country Horses

If the walk isn’t for you, Franz Josef has guided tours takes you through glacier country on horseback.

West Coast Wildlife Centre

This is the only place in New Zealand where you can meet the Rowi kiwi!  The Wildlife Centre is such a short walk away, you'd regret not taking advantage of being so close.  It's definitely a must-do activity while you are visiting Franz Josef.



Glacier Country on New Zealand’s West Coast offers many activities and things to do. Staying in a Franz Josef motel puts you right at the doorstep of some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking scenery. Take a look at all the tours our small wee town has to offer.

Okarito Boat Eco Tours

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Okarito Kiwi Tours

White Heron Sanctuary Tours

Glacier Country Tours & Kayaking

Okarito Nature Tours


After a long day of exploring all the things there are to do in Franz Josef, there is nothing nicer than putting your feet up. The Amaia Spa could be your perfect place to recoup, rejuvenate and re-energize in between your Franz Josef activities.  We also have a good selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs for a convivial evening!


If you’re here in Franz Josef looking for some wild ways to have fun, our town has plenty of activities. From cross-country motorbike riding to shooting clay targets or jumping out of a plane, Franz Josef has it all. Check them out below.

Across Country Quad Bikes
Franz Josef Clay Shooting
Skydive Franz

Glacier Shuttles & Charters

Glacier Shuttles & Charters will get you to the glacier and back and also offer charters around the region.

Click here for the Glacier Shuttle Bus timetable

Give them a call on: 0800 999 739



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