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

Check if a DOC visitor centre is open

Always call before visiting as some visitor centres may have to physically close due to staff shortages or other issues.

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can provide you with information and advice about:

  • visiting the world famous Franz Josef and Fox glaciers safely
  • recreation opportunities throughout the glacier region and beyond – find out about day walks, back country tramping and huts  
  • commercial activities in the area – boat tours, glacier walks, scenic flights, skydiving, quad bikes, horse treks and kayaking
  • conservation projects and volunteering opportunities.

Learn about the natural features and history of the area and see what’s happening with conservation in the local area. 

Don’t forget to check the latest weather forecast and read the essential glacier valley safety information.

Quality merchandise, maps and hut tickets available for purchase.

Opening hours

8.30 am to 5 pm every day.


The Visitor Centre is located on Cron Street, Franz Josef village.

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