The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers. From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland's National Park, from a height of 2700m above sea level to only 240m in as little as 11 km, making it the worlds steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier. It is the rugged gradient of the Franz Josef Glacier that ensures visitors enjoy the most dramatic glacier scenery available to the general public anywhere in the world. The glaciers offer a range of hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability. This is globally recognised as the ultimate New Zealand adventure tour.
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from the Franz Josef Glacier. The Hotel makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel wings. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and views available within Franz Josef village.
The Hotel offers guests:
• A warm welcome and friendly, personal service.
• Well-presented guest rooms with quality room amenities to ensure a good night’s rest and a pleasant stay.
• A choice of excellent dining options, including the Glasshouse Restaurant, Canavans Restaurant, and the Rata Bar.
• Convenient hotel facilities, including spa pools to soak in during the cooler months, wireless Internet, and a conference room for corporate guests.
• A convenient location, handy to all visitor amenities in the village and close to many of the renowned local attractions.
The professional, friendly staff are very knowledgeable helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area. Just be sure to bring your camera!
For guest convenience the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier offers:
Four spa pools
Four guest laundries
Gaming entertainment at the Public Bar
Tourist information and booking service
Wireless Internet service
Complimentary guest car parking
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier has 130 rooms, comprising 46 rooms in the Graham Wing and 84 in the Douglas Wing, the latter with desk space and balconies. Some special access rooms are also available.
All rooms include:
Hot drink making facilities
While attractions and activities are invariably linked with the world renowned surrounding environment there is room to be as adventurous or as tranquil as you like. Take your pick from:
Walking & trekking
Native bird watching
Quad bike tours
Off road driving adventures
Helicopter & light aircraft flights
Glacier hot pools
Nearby White Heron (Kotuku) colony
Hukawai Glacier Centre
Department of Conservation Visitor Centre
The internationally recognised Westland World Heritage Park encompasses 2.6 million hectares of spectacular wilderness, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The Franz Josef Glacier receives many more hours of direct sunlight throughout the year. More time in the sun means a warmer, more enjoyable glacier experience.
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