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2-Hour Quad Bike Experience from Franz Josef
"Once you have signed in at the office you will be able to begin your adventure. After a short 5-minute walk down to the containers you will get dressed up in the provided wet weather gear gumboots and helmet. You will then have a short detailed safety brief before you will test your skills on the two test tracks. The journey will then take you through dense rainforest riverbeds and grassland all with the back drop of the spectacular Southern Alps. There are plenty of selfie opportunities with a break halfway to give you some local information on the area. This place is truly special one of only a handful of places in the world where ice and forest meet in such a spectacular manner and the ATV quads are the ultimate way to view it all. The quad bike adventure is fun in the sun and even better in the rain. Enjoy a truly memorab"""Tucked under the majestic Southern Alps on New Zealand's rugged untamed West Coast sits Franz Josef village and the magnificent Franz Josef glacier offering spectacular mountain views & dense rainforest. This is where you will experience a 2-hour
From NZD70.00
 
Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk
"Choose from four different morning departure times to suit your schedule then head to the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef to meet your guide. Wrap up against the elements with the protective jacket trousers hats gloves and leather boots provided and don’t forget to grab your crampons! When you’re fully kitted out head to your helicopter and start your journey with a short flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier.Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and surrounding area from your vantage point high in the sky
From NZD379.00
 
65-Minute Southern Alps Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook
"The ultimate way to see the Southern Alps. Traverse the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breath-taking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Track north along the Tasman Sea before recrossing the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps Two glacier snow landings views of Mt Cook Mt Tasman and Mt Sefton stunning views of the West Coast of New Zealand hochstetter Icefall Grand Plateau and Plateau Hut
From NZD560.00

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Walks and more at peaceful Lake Brunner

Lake Brunner is just a little detour from Arthur's Pass on the way to the West Coast. Moana, the main town which is nestled at the northern end of the lake, is just 35kms south-east of Greymouth. The...
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History and stories about Blackball

Before I had ever visited Blackball or read about it in a travel guide it was already familiar to me. I had heard about it on TV several times and read about it in the newspaper for weeks. Obviously a...
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Stop off at Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

If you didn't stop off at Hokitiki and need a break from the road traveling to Franz Josef Glacier, pull over at Lake Mahinapua Scenic Reserve - about 10km south of Hokitiki. The inland lake offers a...
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Seals at Cape Foulwind

Take a short detour on SH67, which becomes Cape Foulwind Rd, and turn right into Lighthouse Rd, which will bring you to panoramic Cape Foulwind Clifftop views. If you're keen for a stroll, tramp from...
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Reefton - where the first Lights Went on

Somehow it comes as a surprise why the coal-mining town of Reefton is "The Town of Light". Although it is not a real centre of attention, on the way to the West Coast via Lewis Pass (and Hanmer...
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Step into a Fairy-Tale on Minnehaha Walk (Fox)

I list this little walk under Off the Beaten Path because no one would ever visit the township of Fox Glacier just for this. Everybody comes to walk on or to the glacier, so first heads to the booking...
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Water sports and walks at Lake Kaniere (Hokitika)

You would not call Lake Kaniere, 18kms south-east of Hokitika, picturesque. But it is a great inland lake for water activities like jet-skiing and boating, and also a lot of anglers are seen there.The...
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Last Stop Karamea: West Coast at its Best

They call it "The West Coast's Best Kept Secret" and a secluded haven. And sure - this place is never inundated with tourists. There are no visitors who just have a quick look, and the reason is...
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The Black Gold of Denniston

Coal mining has always been a big issue on the West Coast, and still locals who live from the industry hate people who want to stop coal mining and instead - that is the actual hot topic - save the...
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Tramping from Gillespies to Galway Beach

Already the way to the starting point of this coastal walk (3.5 to 4 hrs return) is an adventure of its own. About 12kms of the 21kms from Fox Village - right after a fantastic and unexpected viewing...
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Meet the Tuis on the Way to Lake Wombat (Franz J.)

This is a nice little walk of 1 to 1.5hrs return. The destination - Lake Wombat - is idyllic but not very spectacular although it offers mirror views of the surrounding bush. But the walk is so...
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State Highwy 6, Franz Josef, New Zealand
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Statehighway 6, Fox Glacier, Westland, Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand
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214 Weld Street, Hokitika, 7810, New Zealand
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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State Highway 6, PO Box 27, Punakaiki, South Island, New Zealand
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The Esplanade, , Westport
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Top Things to Do in West Coast

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History House Museum

This little museum is tucked around the wharf-end of the floodwall, just opposite the artistic sculpture of mining tools. History House is pretty small, but it's full of photos and documents from...
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