Striking glaciers and towering mountains make the West Coast an unmissable destination on South Island.

South Island’s West Coast is home to coastal walking tracks, deserted beaches and lush rainforests, but is particularly well known for the mighty Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Once you’ve taken in the glaciers, you’ll be met by glorious snowy peaks and stunning lakes in the Southern Alps.

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Time difference:

GMT +12 hours (GMT +13 hours from the last week in March to the first week in October)


New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) comprising of 100 cents.

Flying time to destination:

Christchurch: 24½ hours

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Kuoni Insider

Heli-hiking on the Franz Josef glacier, on New Zealand’s South Island, is an amazing experience. Landing high up on the ice, you are surrounded by rare and unusual scenery; towering ice formations in strange shapes, large ice caves and deep crevasses.

The feeling of remoteness and isolation is exhilarating. Armed with crampons and ice axes, you see an extraordinary range of ice-cold blues, sparkling ice crystals and have the chance to enjoy the fresh, health-restoring air. All this combines to make this day trip truly unforgettable.