Activities

Interesting places nearby include Lake Mapourika (10mins), Okarito Lagoon & Beach (20mins), Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson (30mins).

  • Glacier Hot Pools The Glacier Hot Pools offer a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way to relax after exploring the rugged West Coast.
  • Helicopter Line The Helicopter Line offers scenic helicopter flights with snow landings and photo opportunities to the Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and/or Mount Cook. Also available is a Heli-hike where you get to fly to the glacier then hike on the glacier itself with a local guide.
  • Wildlife Centre The West Coast Wildlife Centre offers information with interactive displays of glacier formations and the opportunity to see live kiwi in their nocturnal house and / or in incubators of varying stages, (season permitting).
  • Skydive Franz Be surrounded by NZ's highest mountains in NZ's highest tandem skydive at 19,000 feet (75+ sec freefall) but also 16,000 feet (60+ sec freefall) and 13,000 feet (45+ sec freefall) options available.
  • Air Safaris Air Safaris offer scenic flights in a fixed wing aircraft (all passengers have a window seat) over Aoraki Mount Cook, two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of NZ's most memorable and spectacular scenery.
  • Quad Bikes Across Country Quad Bikes offer the thrill of riding through rainforest, riverbeds and glorious mud to view an outstanding panorama of the Franz Josef Glacier and the Mighty Southern Alps.
  • Glacier Country Kayaks Glide along Lake Mapourika enjoying panoramic reflections of the surrounding mountains and glaciers and explore the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Free photos included wit Glacier Country Kayaks.
  • Franz Josef Glacier Guides Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
  • South Westland Horse Treks South Westland Horse treks enable you to ride glacier country on horseback. Riding in small groups they offer 1, 2, 3 hour or full day treks taking in the stunning views of the Southern Alps and Mt Elie de Beaumont.