Franz Josef Activities
The weather can have a major influence on activities so many operators require no deposit. The weather is generally clearer early in the morning. Booking ahead is highly recommended to secure a place. We can book any of these activities for you at no extra cost and you pay the operator when you do the trip.We are keen walkers and bird enthusiasts so can advise you on all our local walking tracks.
Ribbonwood Retreat bed and breakfast is ideally situated in the heart of the Westland National Park with views to the mountains, glaciers and temperate forest from every room. Learn all about the area with our resident expert on flora and fauna, Jonathan.
The rowi (Okarito brown kiwi) habitat is on our doorstep. The breeding colony of kotuku (white heron) is in the area at at the north of Okarito lagoon. Swim and kayak in the pristine waters of Lake Mapourika with panoramic views of the Southern Alps and rainforest. Explore the beaches and wetlands of Okarito, following the historic horse and dray "pack track" through lowland rimu forest, climbing above the seaside cliffs. Adventurous guests can climb spectacular ice walls in the upper part of the Franz Josef Glacier or take an informative, friendly and relaxed eco-style tour.
If walking is your thing, click on the links below and read the articles we have written about a few of our favourites:
Roberts Point Walk
Glacier Valley Walk
Glacier Country is located among the untamed natural wilderness of the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. From the highest mountains, largest glaciers, rainforests, dramatic beaches and much, much more. See these two videos for more ideas of what you might expect to experience here.