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Last updated: 05 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand’s biggest drawcards, but finding suitable accommodation in this part of the wild West Coast is tricky. This genuinely comfortable lodge-style property, complete with a billiard room and a fantastic bush garden, is therefore a pleasant surprise.

All nine rooms are spacious, warm and comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms and fine views of the surrounding native bushland. A cooked breakfast is included in the tariff, though you’ll need to make your own arrangements for dinner.

The lodge is conveniently just off the main West Coast freeway, and the main settlement of Franz Josef is a short drive away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hike on or helicopter over the Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef, South Island, New Zealand[9.8 miles]

‘Heli-hike’ onto and under, and take flight over, this awe-inspiring glacier, set amidst a wild, pristine landscape of snow-covered mountains. One of the best places in the world to explore these extraordinary natural wonders.

Best for ages: 13+ | £300 | 4 hours

Skydive over the Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef, South Island, New Zealand[11.6 miles]

One of the world’s greatest skydives, over a spell-binding panorama of snow-capped mountains, ocean, rivers, forest and the magnificent snaking form of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Best for ages: 13+ | £140 | 3 hours

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Boat tours of Okarito Lagoon

Boat tours of Okarito Lagoon

Franz Josef, South Island, New Zealand[19.1 miles]

Nature lovers, especially bird lovers, should not miss a cruise on this huge estuarine lagoon, filled with birds and other wildlife. Two-hour guided tours on a flat-bottomed jetboat allow you access even to shallow areas, where you can spot iconic white herons, godwits and oystercatchers. All to a magnificent backdrop of Mount Cook. Daily tours Nov-May.

Best for ages: 4+ | £50 | 2 hours

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