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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

Only 1 1/2 hours south of Hokitika is the start of Glacier Country. Go here on a day trip from Hokitika or add it as a stop on your West Coast touring route. The West Coast is one of only two places in the world where you can view glaciers descending into temperate rainforest and they are the most accessible glaciers in the world.  

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are at the heart of the broader UNESCO World Heritage Area, Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand. They are rivers of blue ice surrounded by green, lush forest and you can walk up to them! They are turly spectacular. One of the most popular things to do in this area is to go for a guided walk or scenic helicopter flight to explore the glaciers.


Another must see area here is Okarito. The picturesque village on the sea has breathtaking views from the Trig Walk, magnificent birdlife (see it by kayaking on the large lagoon here) and unique examples of local history. 

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