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Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Tours and Activities

Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are located just 20 minutes drive from each other, half way between Greymouth on the West Coast of New Zealand and Wanaka and Queenstown in the Southern Lakes district. There are plenty of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef tours and activities to do here. Not to be missed is taking one of the many Glacier trips on Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier. Depending on your time available, there is everything from a scenic helicopter flight with glacier landing, to half day Heli Hike trips to the middle of the glacier, or full day ice climbing expeditions on the upper ice falls.

Near Franz Josef is Lake Mapourika, with its beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountains that make up the Southern Alps, and kahikatea rainforest dating back to Jurassic times. Take a kayaking trip or small boat cruise out to Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, home to the rare Rowi, New Zealand’s most endangered Kiwi. Tours that include a guided walk with commentary from your guides on the flora and fauna of the sanctuary are available.