Punakaiki to Franz Josef

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Distance & Duration

217km/135mi, 3hr

Overview

From Punakaiki, head south past Greymouth to the coastal town of Hokitika. Here, you’ll find loads of pounamu (greenstone) and craft shops – along with plenty of places to eat whitebait, the tiny fish for which this area is justly renowned. Continue south to Franz Josef Glacier. Combine a glacier hike with a heli flight, or take a scenic flight above it all. Alternatively, head out for a kayak trip on Lake Mapourika.

Itineraries Including Punakaiki to Franz Josef