Heading North from Franz Josef
takes you through a wealth of scenic and geological experiences you will pass through several small townships all having significant historical and geological features and providing various levels of hospitality to travellers. There are several coastal and scenic bush walks en route and for those keen on sea, river or lake fishing plenty of opportunities to get the rod out. Those keen on a relaxing swim can also find the ideal spot.
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Hari Hari -
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Lake Ianthe -
Lake Ianthe is a sanctuary to an array of New Zealand Birds, a great spot for a cool dip on a hot westcoast day or to take the flask out and have a picnic tea. Enjoy the reflective images mirrored upon the lake. or drop the line in to catch a brown trout for tea.
offers hunting and fishing experiences, or the opportunity to dine on gastronomic wild food delights. An insight into the world of the west coast Bushmans paradise is obtained, while stopping to indulge in a well deserved coffee, tea or chilled drink. Ensure you get a photo of the sandfly sculpture that proudly hangs outside the Bushmans centre.
The Gold mining town, Ross township offers the opportunity to learn the art of gold panning and much much more it is rumoured the town sits on top of a highly sought after gold stream. Evidence of the towns gold mining history is abundant and several well prepared walking tracks are available. Ross is also renowned for its annual Themed Fireworks Display attracting people coast wide.
1.5 hours from Franz Josef is Jade country, home to the Wild Food Festival, and annual Drift Wood Art competition. Hokitika offers the chance to purchase world class carved Jade stone, and to watch the stone being carved or you may design your own piece of jewellery. Hokitika has many walking tracks and durring the whitebait season the whitbaiters populate the river mouth to catch the delicacy of the Westcoast.
Hokitika is also the start of the renowned coast to coast race recognised as a world class challenge to sportsmen and women alike held annually. Hokitika is also know as the gateway to the glacial region.