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Things To Do In Franz Josef Glacier



Looking for other things to do while you’re in Franz Josef Glacier?  Look no further, we’ve provided a list of other recommended activities and operators nearby.  It’s easy to fit another activity alongside our kayak tours, boat tours and quad bike adventures…

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier was named after the Austrian emperor by geologist Julius von Haast in 1865. The glacier itself is just five kilometers from the small and friendly township, home to about 450 locals. A short 20-minute walk brings you close to a viewpoint of the glacier.

For a more immersive experience, consider a heli-hike, or scenic flight. These weather-dependent activities provide a chance to touch the ice. However, don’t miss out on the other amazing things to do locally in Franz Josef – there’s much more to see! Explore nearby natural attractions like pristine rainforests, the Waiho riverbed on a quad bike (seen on image to the right), or Lake Mapourika. Our small town offers numerous options for accommodation and dining. Lake Mapourika, close by, is where we run our kayak tours, scenic cruises, stand-up paddleboard rentals, fishing, or just jump in for a swim on your own!

Franz Josef Glacier Valley from above
hot tub in bush in Franz Josef Glacier

Waiho Hot Tubs

Immerse yourself in private tubs, nestles within pristine native rainforest on New Zealand’s West Coast. The Waiho Hot Tubs are heated by wood fire and blend the comfort of warm water with the essence of wood smoke, offering you an unforgettable retreat.  Advance bookings recommended.

West Coast Wildlife Center Kiwi Bird

West Coast Wildlife Centre

Visit the team at the friendly family Wildlife Centre with live kiwi birds on open display, a Franz Josef Glacier attraction, live Tuatara Encounter & VIP Backstage Pass Tours.  There’s also a cafe & gift shop to enjoy.  This is a great rainy day activity for anyone visiting the township.

Skydive Franz

Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers is described as one of the most beautiful places on earth to skydive. Experience the next-level with insane views of mountains, glaciers, forests and coastlines with high altitude experts Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier.  Choose from 10,000ft, 13,000ft or 16,500ft jumps and New Zealand’s highest at 18,000ft!!

Cliff from Glacier Valley Eco Tours Guiding a bushwalk

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a local family owned and operated guided walk tour company offering an exciting, diverse and extensive range of small-group and private day options rich in NZ birdlife. Glacier Valley Eco Tours delivers a personalized, safe and informative experience for all ages & abilities, with an emphasis on local knowledge, history, conservation & natural elements.

Helicopter on glacier

Glacier Country Helicopters

Join a local, family owned and operated Glacier Country Helicopters for a scenic glacier flight with snow landing. Unique flight routes plus options for private charters, backcountry drop-offs, and guided hunting. Enter the promo code WILDERNESS at check out to save!

Heliservices helicopter over top of glacier

Heliservices Franz Josef & Fox

HeliServices.NZ offers experienced helicopter flightseeing and private charters in the stunning alpine heights and coastal regions of the South Island. Our experienced team prioritizes safety and wellbeing. We look forward to having you onboard!

Franz Josef Glacier group and guide

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Explore the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Our glacier hiking tours cater to all fitness levels, providing the most spectacular and rewarding experience in the world.  Enjoy a heli-ride to the Glacier and then a guided walk with your experienced guide.

Glacier Helicoper on snow

Glacier Helicopters

Be inspired by the power and scale of our majestic glaciers with Glacier Helicopters.  Pioneers of glacier and snow landings in Aotearoa New Zealand way back in 1970, we continue to operate in our modern Airbus helicopters based at both Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Our professional pilots are experienced in all aspects of mountain flying and have a comprehensive knowledge of this world-famous glacial region. Our aircraft are operated by The Helicopter Line Ltd.

Inflite Franz Josef

Inflite Franz and Fox Helicopters

The only operator on the West Coast offering helicopter flights with landings on the famous Tasman Glacier! Fly with the regions only Carbon Zero operator and explore the breath-taking natural landscapes of Te Poutini and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Parks, Franz Josef & Fox Glacier, and more. The best way to experience New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery is to see it from the sky with INFLITE Franz and Fox Helicopters.

Kayak, Cruise or Quad Bike?

Our selection of kayak tours, boat cruises, fishing and quad bike adventures are always an option alongside these other amazing Franz Josef Glacier activities.  If you’re having trouble fitting it all in, feel free to get in touch with us to ask any scheduling questions!