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  • Franz Josef Township

    The remarkable South Island township of Franz Josef is home to just 200 local residents.  For a small town on on New Zealand's West Coast, it's big on hospitality offering visitors from around the world an excellent range of activities, accommodation, delicious dining and friendly bars.  Franz Josef is the perfect base for exploring some of New Zealand's wildest and most pristine scenery.

    Wildlife in the area thrives in rugged, alpine conditions surrounding the township.  The lush, natural rainforest is home to a captivating range of birds, flora and fauna. If you're very lucky you may spot a rare Kiwi.  Listen carefully, the distinct call of the Tui and Korero is never far away.

    A diverse and iconic range of activities in the region includes jetboating, heli-hiking, kayaking, ice climbing, tramping and guided glacier trips, make Franz Josef Glacier and the wider West Coast of New Zealand an ideal location for a vacation filled with adventure.

    For a truly unique Franz Josef Glacier Adventure, we highly recommend:  Franz Josef Glacier Guides.  Offering a range of glacier tours to suit visitors of all ages, abilities and interests.