Shops & Services

The Supermarket stocks and supplies a select range of international foods, fine wines, beers and daily baked breads for those keen on self-catering as well as a small quantity of hardware goods and some replacement parts for tents and packs.

Emergency Services

There is an NZ Police Station within the township, along with a voluntary Fire and Ambulance Service. The Medical Centre holds clinics on a daily basis, with a Nurse or Doctor on duty. After-hours cover is provided and is covered by the Rural Nurses and the Local Doctor and St John Ambulance. These can be accessed by fronting up to the clinic or by dialing 111. For any emergency, dial 111.

The Service Station has a full range of fuel station services and is the town’s postal agency.

The Information Centre or i-SITE has a wealth of information relating to Franz Josef, our history, and the glaciers. It also acts as a booking agent for Franz Josef-based activities but, more importantly, provides information on the walking tracks, huts and conservation efforts, projects and local flora and fauna. The centre is owned and managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

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 travelers. There are several coastal and scenic bush walks en route and for those keen on sea, river or lake fishing, there are plenty of opportunities to get the rod out. Those keen on a relaxing swim can also find the ideal spot.

Heading South from Franz Josef

Take in the array of different experiences and scenery as the road takes you through picture perfect ice-capped mountains and coastal views. The journey is fantastic in all weathers: on clear sunny days, the views are spectacular, but on rainy days, you’ll get to see flowing rivers and waterfalls as they carve their way through naturally formed gorges and culverts to the sea.

Activities

It is not until you place your footprints onto a high alpine snow field, journey deep into the towering rain forests, explore the blue ice caves of the glaciers, tackle a trout on a beautiful lake or jet boat up a glacial river, that you will truly experience Glacier Country.

Rare Kiwi Chicks

In recognition of our support and that of our General Manager Anne Tunnah, 2 Kiwi chicks born at the centre have been named Oncron and Halo. The progress of these chicks is being closely followed by the team and guests of 58 On Cron Motel.