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The Glaciers

The Glaciers of Fox and Franz Joseph provide yet another breathtaking feast for the eyes.


Glenfern Villas

Franz Josef

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Located just outside the main Franz Josef Glacier village, with its bars and restaurants, Glenfern Villas is the ideal base for you to explore everything the Glacier region and the amazing West Coast have to offer. Glenfern Villas offers one and two bedroom villas equipped to a high standard, offering roomy and stylish and contemporary apartment style accommodation. Glenfern Villas has fully equipped kitchens, complete with a range of crockery and utensils, as well as ample heating that will ensure you feel warm and comfortable during your stay.

  • Tour Desk
  • Gas BBQ
  • Children's Play Area

From £48 per person per night

Scenic Circle Franz Josef

Franz Josef

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On the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Circle Franz Josef Glacier Hotels encompass two very distinctive properties just one kilometre apart. Each of the three wings has its own individual charm and atmosphere. The Douglas and Graham Wings are within the Franz Josef Village, while just north of the village the Mueller Wing is situated on five hectares of landscaped grounds gently sloping down to the river. These hotels offer stunning alpine views and will welcome you in true New Zealand style.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar

From £59 per person per night


Scenic Circle Glacier Country

Fox Glacier

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Located in Fox Glacier township, Scenic Circle Glacier Country Hotel is the perfect place to relax between experiencing the natural wonders of The Westland World Heritage Park and Fox Glacier. The hotel features comfortable rooms along with a large open fireplace in the bar and you?ll find everything you need nearby including tour booking offices and the tourist information centre.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar

From £33 per person per night


The Glaciers Tours & Excursions


Fox Glacier Walk

Excursion (4 - 4 1/2hrs)

Fox Glacier Walk

For those with a half-day available this popular round trip is a delightful eco-adventure full of variety and interest. Walkers are kitted out with sturdy leather boots before boarding one of the glacier buses for the short drive through the rainforest and into the steep-sided glacial valley. Your guide leads you on a walk beside the river bed to our secret track which zig zags slowly uphill for forty five minutes through ferns and regenerating temperate rainforest. From high on the track, you enjoy fantastic views of the glacier and its upper and lower icefalls. From its high point, the track winds down to the edge of the ice. The route takes you onto the ice amongst crevasses and ice ridges and leads you into the middle of the glacier for spectacular views of the icefall and lower glacier.

At least one hour is spent on the ice before returning to the bus using a different track that follows the edge of the ice and passes the collapsing terminal face of the glacier. Your guide will be with you for the duration of the trip and will enjoy passing on fascinating details of the natural history of this landscape sculpted by ice.

Departs: Daily at 9.15am and 1.45pm.

From £44 per person