Reflections of Aoraki/Mount Cook in Lake Matheson
Image: Crystal Brindle | ©



The park extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, to the rugged and remote beaches of the wild West Coast. It is an area of magnificent primeval vistas – snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands and beaches.

This world-class scenic landscape forms part of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area and is a treasure trove of amazing geology, rare flora and fauna and wonderful history.

Find things to do and places to stay Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Guided glacier walks

If you want to get closer to, or onto the glaciers, the safe way is to book a guided trip from Fox Glacier Weheka or Franz Josef Waiau.  Guided operators operate in each village and provide a safe, informative way to get up close and personal with these amazing rivers of ice. 

The high peaks within the park are a mecca for mountaineers, but are only suitable for the fit and experienced. There are five huts within the park that cater for climbers.

Kayaking is available on many lakes and rivers in the park, and there is a self-guided kayak trail on the Ōkārito Lagoon.

Check, Clean, Dry

Clean all gear when moving between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

How to check, clean, dry your gear.


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 752 0360
Address 69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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