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Franz Josef Glacier offers a wide range of activities particularly for those people that like nature and the outdoors, although there is still plenty to do for those who want more adrenaline or just to take it easy and relax.

Take time and relax in the Franz Josef Glacier Hot pools

Relax in hot pools in a natural rainforest setting only two minutes walk from the centre of Franz Josef Village. The Glacier Hot Pools offer 3 large pools surrounded by forest along with private pools with their own changing rooms and bathroom. The Glacier Hot Pools is also the perfect place to get a massage or beauty treatment while you are staying in Franz Josef.

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Walk on the amazing Franz Josef Glacier

Take a helicopter flight onto the hard ice of Franz Josef Glacier with an experienced Glacier guide from Franz Josef Glacier guides and explore the ice formation of the Glacier.

Choose either a Franz Josef Heli Hike with more time taking in the view from the Helicopter and up to 2 hours on the Glacier or the Ice Explorer with less Helicopter time and up to 3 hours on the Glacier.

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Scenic Helicopter and Plane flights over Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and Mount Cook

One of the more popular activities is to take a scenic flight over the Glaciers, Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and, if you want, land in the snow at the top of the Glacier for a photo stop.

Flight times vary from 10 - 50 minutes and so Glacier scenic flights offer visitors with limited time a good way to see a lot of New Zealand's remote Mountains and Glaciers.

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Franz Josef Activities
  The Glacier Hot Pools offer a heaven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way to relax after exploring the rugged West Coast.

The Glacier Hot Pools are located 2-3 minutes walk from all Accommodation and offer a chance to relax in hot glacier water in a rain forest setting right on the edge of Franz Josef Village. The Glacier Hot Pools offer public pools, private pools and massage treatments.
  The Helicopter Line offers scenic helicopter flights with snow landings and photo opportunities to the Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and/or Mount Cook. Also available is a Heli-hike where you get to fly to the glacier then hike on the glacier itself with a local guide.
  The West Coast Wildlife Centre offers information with interactive displays of glacier formations and the opportunity to see live kiwi in their nocturnal house and / or in incubators of varying stages, (season permitting).
  Be surrounded by NZ's highest mountains in NZ's highest tandem skydive at 19,000 feet (75+ sec free fall but also 16,000 feet (60+ sec free fall and 13,000 feet (45+ sec freefall) options available.
  Across Country Quad Bikes offer the thrill of riding through rainforest, riverbeds and glorious mud to view an outstanding panorama of the Franz Josef Glacier and the Mighty Southern Alps.
  Glide along Lake Mapourika enjoying panoramic reflections of the surrounding mountains and glaciers and explore the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Free photos included.
  South Westland Horse treks enable you to ride glacier country on horseback. Riding in small groups they offer 1, 2, 3 hour or full day treks taking in the stunning views of the Southern Alps and Mt Elie de Beaumont.
  Air Safaris offer scenic flights in a fixed wing aircraft (all passengers have a window seat) over Aoraki Mount Cook, two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of NZ's most memorable and spectacular scenery.
  Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

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