Holly Homestead

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the West Coast of the South Island Location map Holly Homestead
Franz Josef is located in South Westland, West Coast of the Southern Alps on New Zealand's South Island.

Holly Homestead is located at 2900 Franz Josef Highway (on State Highway 6) approximately 1.5km north of the township of Franz Josef. This map indicates the location of Holly Homestead.

Check-in time is between 3:00pm and 8:30pm unless prior arrangements have been made. Please note that Holly Homestead does not have 24 hour reception.

Please contact us if you require check-in outside these hours or wish to drop off your luggage before check-in time.




Holly Homestead is located in Franz Josef - home of the famous Franz Josef Glacier (one of NZ's icons) with many exciting activities. Stay for a few days to allow yourself time to explore this spectacular area.

We are happy to recommend activities and assist you in booking them. We have experienced many of the local activities and attractions ourselves and love sharing our experiences with you.

Franz Josef Glacier carpark entry sign


Activities include:  
  • Scenic flights over the Glaciers to Fox and Franz or Mount Tasman and/or Mount Cook by helicopter or light aircraft
  • White Heron Sanctuary Tours (November to February)
  • Bird watching on Okarito Lagoon
Scenic Flight with snow landing
  • Glacier Valley Eco Tour
  • Bush, lake and coastal walks - Lake Matheson (located near Fox Glacier township) is a "MUST DO".
Reflective walk at Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier
  • Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier or the Fox Glacier 
  • allow approx 30 minutes drive between Franz Josef township and Fox Glacier township
Bernie & Gerard in an ice cave
  • Horse Trekking
Horse Trekking
  • Quad biking
Across Country Quad Bikes tour
  • Kayaking (either Lake Mapourika *OR* Okarito Lagoon)
Kayaking along a peaceful stream near Lake Mapourika

Kiwi tours - New Zealand's rarest Kiwi - the Rowi (one of five species of kiwi)

  • Okarito Kiwi Tour - guided tour into kiwi habitat (starts at sunset) *OR*
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre - all weather indoor attraction. Visit the breeding & incubation programme of the Rowi Kiwi.


  • Tandem Sky Diving at Franz Josef Glacier *OR* Fox Glacier
SkyDive near Fox Glacier

Holly Homestead B&B - State Highway 6 ( PO Box 35 ) - Franz Josef Glacier - West Coast - New Zealand
Phone +64 3 752 0299 - Fax +64 3 752 0298 - Email: stay@hollyhomestead.co.nz

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