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The Franz Josef Glacier Area
What to see and do in Franz Josef

The town of Franz Josef offers a range of both wet day and sunny day activities and some very good restaurants.

From the 10 Cottages you will be able to explore the free glow worm caves or once dark a very short walk into the forest will let you see glow worms up close.

While in Franz Josef you can walk up to the Franz Josef Glacier for free or join a guided tour that will provide you with a lot more information on the Glacier Valley.

There are numerous bush walks, some departing 100 metres from the 10 Cottages which means you can spend several days exploring the natural beauty of New Zealand and Franz Josef and relax and unwind.

For those wishing to explore Franz Josef Glacier itself there is either the Heli Hike or the Ice Explorer which take you on to the glacier for a hike on the ice. Alternatively you can go by Helicopter on a scenic flight and land at the top of the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers for a photo stop.

Many of our guests like to relax in the Glacier Hot pools after a day of exploring which are only a short walk away.

For those that want more action the Highest sky dive in New Zealand is based in Franz Josef and Glacier Country quad bikes will let you explore the area on rainy or sunny days. If you are looking for a more traditional way of exploring Franz Josef than South Westland Horse treks offer a variety of trips through rainforest and farm land.

Near Franz Josef you can also explore the lakes and lagoons by Kayak, visit the White Heron Sanctuary by Jet boat, or explore longer forest walks and Hikes.

Franz Josef services include, the Franz Josef Petrol station and postal agency, the Franz Josef Four Square supermarket, two Churches and the Foreign Exchange (Money Exchange) at Fern Grove souvenirs. The Franz Josef Medical centre is open most days but there is no pharmacy in the town.

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