Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef)

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef): Hours, Address, Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef) Reviews: 4.5/5

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef)

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef)
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Department of Conservation Visitor Centre located in Franz Josef Glacier township. Please come and see us for local track and safety information, activity bookings, Great Walk bookings, current local weather, road closures and general conservation information. We also can help you with permits, concessions and hut passes.
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Mark G
2 contributions
South Island Tour
Aug 2019 • Family
Tahis place has spectacular views and surprises around every corner with a wide range of walks for all ages.
Written 15 October 2019
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AustTrail
Sydney460 contributions
Very helpful and well set up centre
Dec 2018 • Family
This visitor center was one of the best we have visited in the South island- friendly staff and even good souvenirs. Staff took initiative to help and there was a small cafe there too. Extensive map collection and lots of helpful information. A must stop in town.
Written 31 December 2018
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China133,762 contributions
Good DOC Visitor Centre in Franz Josef
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre is located on Cron Street and is open from 8.30am to 5pm daily.

This is a good place and opportunity to find information and maps on area hikes, weather, road conditions and other general travel information you might need. There are also gifts, souvenirs and plenty of brochures for other areas of South Island that you may intend to visit during your travels. Staff are on hand to answer travel related questions you have.

Note: the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre is located in the same building as the local i-Site, which can also help you will activity and tour arrangements as well as local accommodation and dining options.
Written 16 October 2018
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Judi L
Denver, CO692 contributions
Great Visitor Center
Oct 2017 • Couples
We traveled over Haast Pass where the scenery was breathtaking. We crossed the longest single-land bridge in New Zealand. The scenery is rugged, isolated, harsh, and remote settlements tucked into the hillsides. Westland Tai Poutini National Park is home to both the fox and Fran Josef Glaciers. The Visitor Center is new and modern. The amazing audiovisual exhibit helps you to understand the uniqueness of New Zealand.
I leaned a lot about glaciers and faults.
Written 31 October 2017
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SL_NZ1
Hamilton, New Zealand22 contributions
The Shay Isles of New Zealand
Sep 2017 • Solo
This amazing audiovisual display will help you understand the truly spectacular country of New Zealand. The Alpine Fault is explained. The truly astounding consequences of it rupturing are explained. Welcome to the Shaky Isles.
Written 19 September 2017
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Mei H
Queenstown, New Zealand69 contributions
Friendly staff and good tips.
Jun 2017 • Friends
We went to the new visiytor center to inquire some walks in the region last week. A very nice gentleman at DOC gave us some walk suggestions in the region, which is very helpful. The new visitor center have DOC, i-Site, Franz Josef Guide and Hot poo, all in one stop. A must visit place to get the information!
Written 20 June 2017
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poisonman
Winston Salem, NC628 contributions
Beautiful Park and View of Glacier
May 2017 • Friends
The glacier is slowly receding. They are going to have to extend the trail to get a better view of the glacier. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful explaining things.
Written 12 June 2017
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Steven B
7 contributions
Helpful staff and useful information
Mar 2017 • Couples
The guys at the Doc Visitor Center were really friendly, helpful and unbiased. They provide information about the weather, walks and campgrounds. :)
Written 20 March 2017
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billsellicks
Hitchin, UK19 contributions
OK but these sites are getting a bit monotonous
Jan 2017 • Family
The Westland National Park visitor centre was a stunning place to visit in the late 70s. It was full of highly informed rangers - men and women who were passionate to share their knowledge and love of this great place. There were free lectures and talks most evenings and free trips out with the rangers during the day. I know the world move on but returning after 35 years has been such a disappointment. Dear NZ conservationists and outdoors lovers do you really want to be flogging expensive trips which create noise and congestion? People can respond to the environment in all its beauty and diversity without being offered constant thrills for low attention spans. You have real treasure here - guard it well.
Written 12 January 2017
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M H
Darlington1,302 contributions
Modern visitors' centre
Nov 2016 • Couples
This modern visitors' centre is located slightly away from the main centre of Franz Josef. Certainly worth popping into if you're in the area in order to check out weather forecasts, walks etc.
Written 15 December 2016
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