Local Attractions

We offer luxury Penthouses, Studios and Two Bedroom Apartment accommodation in an exceptional location -  close to the town centre and overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

Local Attractions

Franz Josef Glacier is on the West Coast of the South Island and is a 3.5-hour drive from Wanaka and a 5.5-hour drive from Christchurch.Franz Josef Glacier is a must-see on your South Island New Zealand trip. Create your own unforgettable Glacier Country experience from the wealth of things to do in Franz Josef Glacier. We are happy to do any bookings for activities during your stay in our accommodation-Franz Alpine Retreat.


Scenic Flights / Air Safaris

With many tour options including different flight routes and landing on high alpine snow fields, Franz Josef Glacier Scenic Flights/Air Safaris offer you a once in a life time experience.

Air Safaris 03 752 0716

HeliService. NZ Fox & Franz 03 752 0793

Glacier Country Helicopters 0800 359 372

Glacier Country Scenic Flights 0800 423 463

Glacier Helicopters 03 752 0755

The Helicopter Line 03 752 0767

Mountain Helicopters 0800 369 423



Having your Original Franz Josef Kayak Adventure in Lake Mapourika, situated in the Franz Josef Glacier valley, was created some 14,000 years ago as the glacier retreated after the most recent ice age.The surrounding tall peaks leave the lake calm and mirror- like, with unbeatable panoramic views of snow fields, glaciers and some of the tallest peaks in the country.

Glacier Country Kayaks & SUPs 0800 423 262

Okarito Kayaks 0800 652 748

Heli Hike

From Franz Josef Village base, you’ll fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland National Park. You’ll land on the glacier, then start your journey with your experienced guide. You’ll amongst the

ice formations and pinnacles and see first-hand the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow. You’ll touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air on the top of Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides 0800 484 337

The Helicopter Line 03 752 0767

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Sky Diving

Skydive Franz has New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook and the biggest glaciers Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers immediately on the right and the wide blue ocean on the left. Skydive amongst mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers and ocean views.

Skydive Franz 0800 458 677

Quad Biking

Experience the thrill of riding our unique 2-seater quad bikes through rain forest, riverbed and grassland. We can have fun in the sun and see spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the famous Franz Josef Glacier OR as we like to say, the wetter the better to get down and dirty in the mud and water.

Across Country Quad Bikes 0800 234 288

quad biking
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Hot Pools

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. Our pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini (The West Coast).

Glacier Hot Pools 0800 044 044

West Coast Wildlife Centre 03 752 0600

Glacier Country Lake Tours 0800 423 262

About Franz Alpine Retreat

The Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built for couples, families or groups with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our rural and tranquil retreat is just 4km outside of Franz Josef township, away from the hustle and bustle of town but close enough to make use of all the wonderful things this town has to offer.

Check out our packages for the ultimate experience whilst with us or simply make a booking and escape with us.



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