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


DOC visitor centres are open at Alert Level 2

 To keep our staff and visitors safe we ask you to:

  • wear your mask
  • record your visit by signing in or scanning our QR code poster
  • stay 2 metres away from people you don’t know.

More about DOC's response to COVID-19.

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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