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5 Activities in Franz Josef for Families

 

Franz Josef is a fantastic destination for families as there is so much to do! The best bit as plenty of these activities are low cost or even free!

#1 Glacier Hot Pools - The Glacier Hot Pools are located just a 2 minute walk from Te Waonui Forest Retreat and provide unique hot pool experience in the heart of the rainforest.

#2 Glow Worm Walk - This amazing short walk (30 mins return) is located on the outskirts of the township and takes you through native bush. On your journey in you'll being to notice groups of glow worms hiding in and under logs. The end of the track you'll find an old gold mining sluice face, this is where you'll get to see the bulk of the Glow Worms! Remember not to turn on your torch if you can help it - Glow Worms like the dark!

#3 West Coast Wildlife Centre -  Discover the world's rarest Kiwi, unearth the puzzle of glaciers and learn about the rich history of the West Coast all in one place. The West Coast Wildlife Centre is open every day and perfect for the family to visit.

#4 Okarito Boat Tours - Jump on the Okarito EcoTour and absorb the beauty of Okarito Lagoon for 2 hours. Home to the Kotuku - The Great White Heron. On a clear day you'll be treated to some of the best views and reflections of the Southern Alps. Learn the history of the area and take in the serenity of New Zealand's largest and untouched wetland. 

#5 Franz Josef Glacier - If you're in the area, viewing the glacier is a must! The full walk is 1.5 hours return but there are viewing opportunities along the way if you don't have time for the entire walk. Remember your camera as the glacier is extremely impressive! There is plenty of car parking available at the start of the walk which is just a few minutes out of the township.

 
 
 
 

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