Explore South Westland
First stopping in at Tree Top Walkway, Ross Goldfields then down to Franz Josef. On the way back call into Okarito for photos and history of the area.
Tree Top Walkway is an Exhilarating Treetop Adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops.
Ross Goldfields, The Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre is located at the southern end of Aylmer Street and is the one-stop spot for gold mining history and regional information. The centre boasts a small museum where a replica of NZ’s largest gold nugget The Hon Roddy resides. This was uncovered at Ross in 1909. There is the Award-winning DVD “Ross Gold Town” which plays continuously, numerous models, artefacts, photographs and old newspaper articles. There are also countless research documents available that relate to Ross’ extensive past, including mining and cemetery records.
The township of Franz Josef is a popular tourist hot spot with thousands visiting the town to view the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Walk up to the Glacier terminal face along a marked track following the river bed for those photo opportunities. The track is 30min return, this can be subject to change due to access restrictions. Good foot ware is required and a good level of fitness is recommended.
Visit the Wildlife Centre, home to our native bird, the Rowi Kiwi. An all weather indoor attraction where you can view the rarest Kiwi bird and the Tuatara. Spectacular glacier exhibit, interactive displays with West Coast movie viewing and story telling. New Zealand souvenirs gift shop and cafe onsite.
On your way back stop in at Okarito for photos, Ōkārito is a small coastal settlement on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, 127 kilometres southwest of Hokitika, and 10 kilometers from State Highway 6. It is built at the southern end of the Ōkārito Lagoon at the mouth of the Ōkārito River.
Add on a helicopter scenic 20 minute flight for additional cost that will take you up the Glacier and land on top of the Glacier for another photo opportunity.
This is a full day tour.
This tour departs from central Greymouth accommodation and the Greymouth Railway Station and Visitor Information Centre in the morning , bookings are essential.
Allow a full day.
Bookings are essential
Contact Greymouth i-SITE
Phone: 0800 GREYMOUTH