Hokitika the township, known as the ‘Cool Little Town’, is a vibrant place to visit with its range of tourist shops from The Gold Room and Jade Factory to its Arts and Craft Galleries. Hokitika is situated on the beach and close to Lake Kaniere. The Hokitika Gorge, known as the ‘Blue Gorge’, with flowing turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush, is a short drive inland from Hokitika.

  • Tree Top Walk & CaféAn exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Receive an exclusive discount if you book through Greymouth i-SITE $5.00 off Entry Price. Enquire Now

Franz Josef is the slightly bigger Glacier Country township with a range of activities from glacier tours, hot pools, quad biking, horse trekking, to flights and jade carving to list but a few. The Glacier access road is 5kms to the car park area where you can walk the valley floor to view the Glacier.

  • West Coast Wildlife Centre-Meet and discover New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi, the Rowi at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. Enjoy a unique and interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation and Wildlife all under one roof! Discounts only available from the Greymouth i-SITE 10% OFF ENTRY 5% OFF ‘Back Stage Pass‘ Enquire Now
  • Glacier Country KayaksGlide effortlessly across the glassy Lake Mapourika, taking in the stunning views of the unique setting. At the back of the lake your guide will help you navigate your kayaks into the heart of the Okarito Kiwi sanctuary via a narrow bush-clad creek silently paddle past 900-year old trees all to the sound of native Birdsong. Kayak and walk tours also available. Bookings Essential Enquire Now
  • Air Safaris-Experience the rainforest and coastal plains of Westland through to the vast snow fields and dramatic icefalls of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, then around Aoraki Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and over the Tasman Glacier. Booking essential Enquire Now
  • Franz Josef Glacier Guides-The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers. The Westcoast Glaciers are treasures, as the glacier falls down into the rainforest. Franz Josef Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, Bookings Essential Enquire Now

Fox Glacier, the smaller of the two townships also offers a full range of accommodation and has activities including sky diving, glacier walks, scenic flights and the popular Lake Matheson just 6km from the township. Enjoy breakfast at Matheson Cafe before heading out for a morning walk around the reflective lake. The Fox Glacier is only 6kms drive from the township to the car park where you can complete a valley walk to view the Glacier.

  • Skydive Fox GlacierFly up to alpine altitudes, around Mount Cook and over the top of the Fox Glacier. Launch into a 65 second freefall with a back drop of the Southern Alps, Glaciers, rainforest and the ocean. Booking essential Enquire Now

If planning on visiting the Westland District please plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

For further information on Glacier Country contact the

Greymouth i-SITE 0800 767 080 – email info@westcoasttravel.co.nz

View accommodation and activities in the Westland District – Hokitika, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef