Glacier Country Travel Guide

Glacier Country Travel Guide

If you’ve ever imagined setting foot on a mighty glacier, then a visit to the West Coast's Glacier Country won’t disappoint. The spectacular Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are among the West Coast’s scenic wonders, snaking down from the snowy mountains, and surrounded by splendid native rainforest. You can set foot on the glaciers on a guided tour, or take to the skies and enjoy a magnificent view of these mighty frozen rivers from the air. Hunting, fishing and pony trekking can also be enjoyed in Glacier Country.

Picturesque Lake Paringa offers fishing and birdwatching, or head to Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand’s largest natural wetlands. A huge variety of wading birds breed and nest at Okarito, and kayaking is a great way to see them in their natural habitat. The small West Coast township of Whataroa is another paradise for birdwatchers, and from here you can visit the White Heron Sanctuary – the only breeding colony of white heron (kotuku) in New Zealand.