Our office is currently in the process of shifting to the village of Okarito, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Hokitika and Haast. Our tours are operated in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, home to Rowi kiwi, kereru (wood pigeon), kea, kotuku (white heron), royal spoonbills,  fern birds, bush robins, Ruru, long-tailed bats & geckos. This is a lush temperate rainforest - so we can get a lot of rain (up to 9 metres a year!), as well as waterfalls, mountain views, rivers and beautiful native flora and fauna.

For more information on Glacier Country see www.glaciercountry.co.nz

Distances

The Glacier Valley Eco Tours is the following distance by road from these locations:

  • Haast – 144km
  • Franz Josef Glacier - 30kms
  • Fox Glacier - 60kms
  • Hokitika – 134km
  • Greymouth – 173km
  • Westport – 273km
  • Christchurch – 381km
  • Timaru – 486km
  • Invercargill – 525km
  • Dunedin – 552km

The closest airport to Franz Josef Glacier is Hokitika, with daily departures to and from Christchurch with Air New Zealand. There is also Avis, Hertz and Thrifty rental car companies. www.airnewzealand.co.nz
The Tranzalpine passenger train departs Christchurch daily to Greymouth, with rental car companies available at the train station. www.railnewzealand.com/train-services/the-tranz-alpine
The Intercity bus departs Greymouth daily and arrives in Franz Josef Glacier township at around 4:30pm. www.intercity.co.nz

Activities in Glacier Country NZ

AIR SAFARIS
Air Safaris operate scenic flights from Franz Josef as well as return Trans-Divide flights from Tekapo to Franz Josef. Cross the Southern Alps in 30 minutes. Join one of our guided tours and explore Franz Josef.
https://www.airsafaris.co.nz

GLACIER COUNTRY KAYAKS & SUPS - for a guided tour on Lake Mapourika, mirror creeks, kotuku and mountain views.
https://www.glacierkayaks.com/

OKARITO BOAT ECO TOURS - Join Paula and Swade on an informative boat tour on Okarito Lagoon. Paula and Swade know their birds, we definitely recommend!
https://www.okaritoboattours.co.nz/

Accommodation

KAHERE RETREAT - Luxury wooden handcrafted chalets just out of the Franz Josef village set in native bush
GLOW WORM ACCOMMODATION - Budget accommodation in the Franz Josef village
RIBBONWOOD RETREAT - Bed and breakfast just out of Franz Josef village
SUMMIT LODGE - beach/lodge accommodation in Okarito village contact Okarito Boat Tours above