Central South Island, New Zealand
Nestled in the heart of New Zealand's spectacular Glacier Country, Westwood Lodge is a stylish Bed and Breakfast located just moments from the South Island's majestic Southern Alps and the World Heritage Westland National Park.
At a Glance
Westwood Lodge couldn't be any better located for the Glacier National park
The roaring fire in the main lounge is wonderful on chilly evenings
A cosy and welcoming luxury bed and breakfast in the heart of glacier country
Views of New Zealand's unique coastal rainforests and the mighty mountains
Perfect for a relaxed stop-over whilst enjoying the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
The Maori name for the glacier is 'Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere' or 'the tears of Hine Hukatere', named after the Maori legend of lovers Hine Hukatere and Tuawe. Tuawe fell to his death while exploring Fox Glacier and Hine's tears of grief formed the Franz Josef Glacier.Scott Dunn team
Head to best restaurant in town, The Alice May, to grab a drink and bite to eat. There is an outdoor area for warm evenings with heaters should the sun be shining.Sarah Rowan
Book the Ice Explorer if the weather is good. You will be dropped by helicopter onto the Remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier. Your guide will navigate you through the maze of ice, explaining how climate change is impacting it and give you a thorough overview of the enthralling world of ice.Scott Dunn team
If you're looking for a unique experience, the Franz Josef Heli Hike is must or enjoy a one of the many walks that leads up to and around the surrounding areas of the glacier.Anna Chaplin
Westwood Lodge is a friendly, welcoming lodge and is architecturally styled to reflect the New Zealand West Coast forest environment with the warmth of natural timber throughout the rooms. Crackling open fires and stunning alpine views make this luxury bed and breakfast an idyllic spot from which to enjoy the mountain and National Park surrounds.
During your time at Westwood Lodge, relax in the lodge's beautiful sitting area with large open fire, the billiards room, the lounge and bar or cosy conservatory which has magnificent views out to the Mountains and Glacier beyond. All six of the Lodge Suites, split between the main building and the Coach House are spacious and stylish.
The surrounding region is home to ice glaciers, soft flowing streams, plunging waterfalls, primeval forests, serene lakes and rugged coastline. From scenic flights to heli-hikes, eco-tours and a range of water sports activities - New Zealand’s stunning West Coast is buzzing with adventure activity throughout the year.
The six Lodge Suites are designed to blend with the West Coast forest environment and warm natural timber is used throughout the large open plan rooms, with cosy electric blankets on the beds and under floor heating in the stylish bathrooms. Suites can be found in the Coach House (for great alpine views) and in the main house, where there is also one larger Grand Suite with a separate living area.
Only children over the age of 12 years are welcome to come and stay at Westwood Lodge as it is not suited to younger children.
Westwood Lodge's breakfast restaurant serves hearty breakfasts to prepare you for the day's adventures ahead and the lodge also has a games room with billiards table, sumptuous lodge lounge and bar with impressive fireplace and a cosy conservatory.
Activities in the surrounding region can all be organized by the lodge's hosts and include glacier climbs, quad biking, helicopter flight seeing, Okarito Lagoon kayak and boat tours, glacial hot pools and hiking.
Location & Directions
Central South Island, New Zealand
Westwood Lodge is situated just 1km from the center of Franz Josef and easily accessible by car or by a pleasant 15-minute walk along a designated footpath. Franz Josef is in New Zealand Glacier Country on the West Coast of the South Island.
When to go
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.