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Westwood Lodge, Franz Josef Glacier

Westwood Lodge

Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers, New Zealand

Westwood Lodge is located in Glacier Country, just outside of Franz Josef.

Guest accommodation is spread between the main wooden lodge and the separate Coach House building. All rooms are tastefully decorated and have mountain or glacier views. The lodge’s communal areas are cozy with log fires and lots of space to relax and take in the surroundings.

The hosts also have two well-behaved, friendly labradoodle dogs to welcome you during your stay.


This alpine-style lodge is in keeping with the surrounding countryside and offers a quiet, cozy retreat with lots of space for guests to relax in front of the dramatic glacial backdrop.

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Accommodation is offered in the main lodge and separate Coach House buildings. All rooms have patio doors that open out to a private deck area. There is a tasteful alpine feel throughout the lodge and all rooms are decorated accordingly.

Bathrooms are spacious. The lodge rooms have a bathtub and separate shower and benefit from garden and mountain views.

The Coach House Suites are larger and housed in a stand-alone building. They all have a separate shower and benefit from mountain and glacier views from the deck.


Westwood Lodge is a two-minute drive, or 20-minute walk from Franz Josef Township, however the route is on the main highway so you may need a torch in the evening. There’s a wide choice of restaurants and bars in town that cater for every taste.

Nearby local attractions include glacier walks, heli-hikes and hot pools.

Food and drink

Breakfast is served in the lounge area and is a continental buffet. Hot dishes can be made to order for each guest.

The lodge has a small licensed bar so you can enjoy a drink or two in the evenings whilst relaxing by the fire.

For lunch and dinner, your hosts will happily recommend local restaurants in nearby Franz Josef town.


Children must be at least ten years old to stay at this property.

Facilities and activities

The lodge has a spacious lounge area and separate games room with a full size snooker table. Complimentary parking and Wi-Fi are available for all guests.


The lodge has a disabled access guest room with wet room facilities and wheelchair ramp.

Tour ideas in Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Westwood Lodge as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
      Helicopter landing, Fox Glacier

      Flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

      Flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

      This is a 30-minute scenic flight that will take you high above the spectacular scenery of both Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, with views across to Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

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    • Fox Glacier Heli Hiking
      Helicopter landing, Fox Glacier

      Fox Glacier Heli Hiking

      Fox Glacier Heli Hiking

      The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are two of the fastest moving in the world, sometimes at a rate of up to 20 m a year. This means that the terrain is ever-changing as crevasses close and new ones open so your guide leads you on an unplanned route which is a true adventure.

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    • Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier
      Helicopter on Franz Josef Glacier

      Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

      Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

      Join your crew at The Helicopter Line Officer, Main South Road to commence a heli-hike tour. A scenic 10-minute helicopter flight takes you over Franz Josef Glacier to its icefall, where the helicopter lands and you start a two-hour guided walk among its ice caves, pinnacles and seracs.

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    Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers and nearby places