Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
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The visitor centre in Franz Josef provides high quality visitor information and is your gateway to exploring Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can provide you with information and advice about recreational opportunities throughout the glacier region and beyond. You can also earn about the natural features, conservation and history of the area. 

Contact details

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 752 0360
Email westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address 69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856

Getting there 

Franz Josef village is on SH6 135 km south of Hokitika.. 

Opening hours

  • 8.30 am to 5 pm daily
  • Closed over lunch break on weekends and public holidays.
  • Closed Christmas Day 25 December

Information and services

  • Essential glacier valley safety information.
  • Latest weather forecast.
  • Day walks, backcountry tramping and huts. 
  • Commercial activities in the area – boat tours, glacier walks, scenic flights, skydiving, quad bikes and kayaking.
  • Conservation projects and volunteering opportunities.
  • Quality merchandise, maps and hut tickets available for purchase.
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