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General Information

New Zealand is without question, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The country packs more diverse and spectacular scenery per square hectare that just about any other in the world. From the Waipoua Kauri Forest of the North Island to the glaciers of the South Island, the island nation is a paradise.

On the subject of glaciers, Westland National Park on the West Coast of the South Island has several for intrepid visitors to explore. The most popular are Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, both easily accessible from the township of Fox Glacier/Weheka. Though more drastic measures have been taken in recent years to curb the harmful effects of mass tourism and stem the retreat of the glacier ice, the park and indeed, glaciers themselves, remain near the top of New Zealand's natural wonders.


  • Welcome Flat Hut
  • Fox Glacier
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Ōkārito Lagoon
  • Gillespie's Beach


  • Glacier Tours
  • Tatare Tunnels Walk
  • Lake Matheson Walk
  • Canavan's Knob Walk
  • Ski Tours


  • Matheson Café
  • Café Neve
  • Cook Saddle Café & Saloon
  • Hobnail Café
  • The Plateau Café and Bar


  • Cook Saddle Café & Salooon
  • The Plateau Café and Bar
  • High Peaks Café Bar


Fox Glacier has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons.

  • Summer (November to February) 8-21°C
  • Fall (March to May) 5-19°C
  • Winter (June to August) 2-11°C
  • Spring (September to October) 5-16°C

Hotels in Fox Glacier

Recommended hotels

From US$83

1 10 Cottages Accommodation

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

8 Graham Place Map

The perfect Franz Josef Glacier Holiday Accommodation. The 10 Cottages, Franz Josef, offers hotel style studio Cottages and 2 bedroom houses ideal for your visit to Franz Josef Glacier, New... More

From US$91

2 Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

4 stars
4.3 / 5 11 reviews

36 Main Road Map


Set in the scenic alpine location, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier provides tasteful accommodations and friendly hospitality for a relaxing holiday in Franz Josef Glacier. Tourists can enjoy their... More

Perfect mountain getaway
Amazing hotel! Staff friendly, room spotless and with a magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains. Easy walk to all the glacier companies, the local pub and supermarket. My one negative comment...
27 Aug 2014
From US$98

3 58 On Cron

4 stars
4.5 / 5 13 reviews

58 Cron Street Map

Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, 58 On Cron Motel Franz Josef is the perfect base for guests to reside whether they are for business or pleasure. This property is just a... More

Fantastic place to stay in Franz Josef
We had a really good experience staying here - Staying over 2 nights. We were to arrive quite late on the first night, after normal opening hours for the office. So the staff went ahead and...
14 Jul 2015
From US$113

4 Sunset Motels Fox Glacier

4 stars
4.7 / 5 20 reviews

93 Cook Flat Road Map

Offering luxurious accommodation along with contemporary service, the Sunset Motel Fox Glacier with its friendly hospitality will make you feel you are right at home. GeneralThis beautiful... More

Pleasant Motel
Can't go wrong, simple and clean, nice view with the right room, not all have the views of the mountains as depicted in advertisement. Management was helpfull and happy to talk and provide tourism...
27 Jan 2014
From US$89

5 Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

3 stars
3.3 / 5 7 reviews

11 Cook Flat Road Map


Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is an ideal place for a pleasant and comfortable stay. This property is the perfect base to discover the surrounding areas. Situated in the base of the splendid Southern... More

Good customer service
Staff were friendly and helpful. Only stayed one night and it was perfect. Close to everything.
5 Dec 2014
From US$116

6 Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

3 stars
3.3 / 5 8 reviews

39 Main Road Map


Boasting a tranquil ambience and comfortable accommodation, this property is an ideal place for business as well as leisure travellers. GeneralThe hotel offers Wi-Fi access and well-equipped... More

Overrated place to stay
We found it very inconvenient to access our room via a myriad of levels and lifts. Despite returning to the front desk twice we didn't find staff particularly helpful.
14 Jan 2014
From US$84

7 Glacier View Motel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 6 reviews

State Highway 6 Map

Be it for a short- or long-term stay in this side of New Zealand, travellers find suitable base at Glacier View Motel featuring comfortably furnished accommodations, convenient facilities and... More

Good Old Fashioned Hospitality
This is an older style (bit dated) motel but spotlessly clean and comfortable. Plenty of room and is equipped with basic cooking facilities (cook top, microwave) and utensils. The proprietor was...
28 Apr 2015
From US$84

8 Terrace Motel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Cowan Street Map

Terrace Motel Franz Josef is a great holiday destination and also ideal for business trips. This motel is a perfect base to enjoy the beautiful rainforest and glacial region. This property is... More

Convenient Break
Despite a latish arrival we were welcomed in a wonderful way. The staff helped us with booking a tour to the Glacier and gave us good advice on facilities in town and other activities. The view of...
30 Sep 2014
From US$107

9 Franz Josef Oasis

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

Franz Josef Highway 6 Map

Featuring tastefully appointed accommodations, Franz Josef Oasis makes for a suitable base for travellers looking for a nature holiday in this side of New Zealand. While in Franz Josef Glacier,... More

Beautiful n clean
Very nicely room interior, very modern, new furniture, very clean, nice staff, considerate as has dinner provided and deliver to room. Dinner is delicious, very nicely cook can see the chef put...
25 Aug 2015

10 Glow Worm Cottages

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

27 Cron Street Map

Backpackers and tourists looking for comfortable lodgings while visiting the glacier at Franz Josef find suitable retreat at Glow Worm Cottages. Holidaymakers at this budget-friendly New Zealand... More

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