Visit Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef glacier is a 12km long glacier on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The glacier fluctuates in length depending on snowfalls from previous years and general warming. The snow high in the mountains collects and is funnelled into the valley and then slowly compresed under its own weight into ice as the glacier is constricted into the narrow valley.

The snaking ice fall of the glacier through the lush temperate rainforest of the mountains makes for a dramatic sight.

You can access the glacier from the nearby town of Franz Josef but require appropriate skills or go on a guided glacier hike. Other popular options include taking a helicopter flight higher up onto the glacier and then doing a flight.

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Majestic Franz Josef glacier with a free day to hike and explore it.

The Ron Pass

Want to concentrate on the South Island? The "Ron" is for you – whether you have 2-3 weeks or 12 months, this includes our full South Island travel network.

Start and finish in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and depart to only see the South Island on this pass that covers the east coast and west coast of the island and all the way to top and bottom.

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Spend two days in Queenstown

The Willy Pass

"Willy" travels in a loop, showcasing the very best of the South Island. It includes our entire South Island travel network without the Far South.

This pass starts in Christchurch you will travel up the east coast to Kaikoura for whale watching and then head to Abel Tasman national park before heading down the west coast of the Island to Franz Josef glacier country. You'll travel as far south as Queenstown before heading back to Christchurch via the Rangitata River in Canterbury.

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 Stay at Hahei beach, an idyllic spot in the Coromandel, within walking distance to Cathedral Cove.

The Hop on Hop Off Everywhere In New Zealand Pass

Go everywhere! This is our biggest pass, and includes our entire New Zealand travel network. Grab your ticket to experience all of what our beautiful country has to offer!

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track around New Zealand amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! Travel to the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.

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Hike the captivating Abel Tasman National Park

15 Day Full South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour

If you're into nature, spectacular views and more fresh air then you know what to do with this tour is for you!

Keen for some spectacular snow-capped scenery mixed in with some adrenalin, marine wildlife and a bit of culture along the way? Then the South Island of New Zealand is your oyster on this 15 day Winter. Visit all of the main sites you have ever desired including Franz Josef, Queenstown, Abel Tasman, Kaikoura, Doubtful Sound and Wanaka and even some you may not have heard of!

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Half day ski on The Remarkables or Coronet Peak ski fields.

9 Day Alpine Explorer from Christchurch to Christchurch

Our Alpine Explorer 9 day trip not only gives you the opportunity to ski 4 different mountains combined with the best hikes, bike rides and adrenalin activities New Zealand has to offer.

9-day winter New Zealand tour, either heading South first toward the ritz and glamour of Queenstown or heading West and down the rugged and pristine West Coast of the South Island. This tour not only gives you the opportunity to ski 4 different mountains but also takes you to the base of Mt Cook; NZ’s highest peak, over the Southern Alps on one of world’s most famous train journeys, through 3 alpine passes and close to two different ice glaciers.... wow what more can you ask for within an action packed 9 days of showcasing NZ’s best winter wonderland!

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Learn NZ's cultural side through authentic Maori experiences

24 Day North and South Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour

Hike volcanic caters in Tongariro National Park, explore the Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers, stop for some skiing in Queenstown and Wanaka and tick off all the major cities of the North and South Islands.

Experience most of the highlights of this magnificent country on this winter adventure starting and finishing in Auckland over 24 days and 23 nights. Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wondrous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!

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Get your adrenalin kick in Queenstown

25 Day Complete New Zealand Auckland to Christchurch Winter Tour

Experience all of the highlights of this magnificent country on this winter adventure starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch over 25 days and 24 nights.

Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wonderful wildlife. Among the sites you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!

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Take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life.

27 Day Complete New Zealand Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour

Discover the Land of the Long White Cloud on this national adventure beginning and ending in Auckland.

Over 25 days you will witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wonderous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all! You'll travel in a small group with a fully qualified local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and New Zealand's beautiful environment.