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Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka

Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka

Explore the beautiful and famous West Coast via Wanaka on a fully guided small group tour from Franz Josef. There is no better way to see the area.


NZ$ 290.00

Per Person


  • The stunning Lake Matheson - a photographers dream!

  • Bruce Bay & Ships Creek

  • Thunder Creek Falls & Blue Pools (temporarily closed)

  • Lakes Hawea & Lake Wanaka, including the famous "That Wanaka Tree"

  • Historic Cardrona Hotel

Full Description


1.    Franz Josef - Your tour starts in the stunning village of Franz Josef. We will be heading south down the coast on our fully guided adventure to Queenstown.   

2.      Lake Matheson -This spot is every photographers dream. On a calm day you can capture Mt Cook reflected elegantly across this picturesque lake. This 4.4km / 90 minute easy bushwalk will reward you with breathtaking views across the southern alps.   

3.      Bruce Bay -  At this location you will see where the thick native rainforest meets a seemingly endless open ocean of the Tasman Sea. This beautiful beach really is the best of the west.  

4.      Ship Creek – As we make our way south along the boarder where ancient rainforest meets the ocean we will make a stop at Ship Creek. Dig your toes in the sand and feel the crash of the relenting waves of the Tasman Sea. Explore the dunes via an easy 1km walking track. 

5.      Thunder Creek Falls – This easy 5 minute walk will reward you with the spectacular view of Thunder Creek Falls. This 28 meter waterfall is the remanence of a once great glacier that pours from a hanging valley into the Haast River below.

6.      Blue Pools (Temporarily Closed) – Located in Mt Aspiring National Park is the aptly named Blue Pools. This easy 3km round trip is well worth the effort to see the breathtaking blue waters of the Makarora River.

7.      Lake Hawea –  As we leave the national park behind make sure to keep your eyes open as we make our way westwards and past stunning Lake Hawea. We will stop for a quick photo at a lookout point between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.    

8.      Wanaka – Stretch your legs take a walk down to the lakeside for that iconic photo of the Wanaka Tree. Soak in the beauty of this expansive lake backdropped by Mt Aspiring and the Southern Alps. This is truly a photo opportunity that you do not want to miss!

9.      Cardrona Hotel – From Wanaka we head over the Crown Range Road that connects Queenstown and Wanaka. We do a quick stop here to see the Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand's oldest and most iconic hotels. Its rustic charm, spectacular mountain setting and rich history make it a must see while in Central Otago.

10.      Queenstown - Your tour concludes in the stunning town of Queenstown. As we drive into the town your guide will point out key sites and any local highlights before dropping you off to your central Queenstown accommodation. 


Fully Guided Small Group Tour at 16 or Less

Lunch - Please advise of dietary requirements

Bottled water & snacks

Meeting Point

The Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef. Please meet your guide at the hotel reception. 

Additional Information

We offer pickup from the listed hotels only. If your accommodation is not listed please select your closest alternative. Pickup time will depend on the location. If you are unsure please reach out to confirm.

Franz Josef Oasis Hotel
Kea Accommodation Village Franz Josef
Aspen Court Franz Josef
Cron Motel Franz Josef
Rainforest Retreat Franz Josef
Scenic hotel Franz Josef
Bella Vista Franz Josef
Glow Worm Accommodation Franz Josef
Alpine Glacier Motel Franz Josef
Franz Josef Montrose
Haka House Franz Josef
Te Weheka Bed & Breakfast Inn Fox Glacier
Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel
The Westhaven Motel
Fox Glacier Top 10 Holiday Park & Motels
Mt Cook View Motel
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
Bella Vista Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier Lodge

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

Children below the age of 4 are not permitted to travel. Children below the age of 8 are required to travel in a safety or booster seat. We can provide these for NZ$20 or you can supply your own.


NZ$ 290.00

Per Person

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Franz Josef / Waiau, New Zealand, 7856

Franz Josef to Queenstown via Wanaka Small Group Tour (One Way)

Franz Joseph to Queenstown via Wanaka. This small group, fully-guided tour takes you along the beautiful beaches of the West Coast, over the Hast Pass, past the stunning lakes of Wanaka and Hawea, on route to Queenstown.
Duration: 12 Hours
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