Glacier Hot Pools - NZ Travel

Glacier Hot Pools

Glacier Hot Pools

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along the west coast or enjoying one of its many attractions. The Glacier Hot Pools offers visitors to Franz Josef a relaxing natural sanctuary, located just two hours drive from Greymouth, six hours from Christchurch and a five hour drive from Queenstown.

Location: Cron Street.

Franz Josef township


Operating Hours:

12 noon to 10:00pm.

Last entry 9:00pm.


Child Ages: 5 to 16 years.

Infants free of charge.

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Help Notes:

Massage bookings must be made in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please so not take any mobile phones, passports, wallets or car/room keys with you on any walk.

Available Activities:
Private Pool (45 Minutes), including Public Pool Entry 

A totally unique, romantic, oasis in the rainforest. Our private pools are set back on the property and surrounded by the majestic rainforest, offering the very best in seclusion. The private pools have their own changing facilities with towels provided, as well as complimentary entry into the public pools. The fresh glacier water for the private pools is re-filtered after every use. Private pools are 45 minutes in duration. 

Minimum Numbers: 2 people

Maximum Numbers: 4 people

Suitable for Children: Yes, No child discount.

Public Pool Entry

Our three public pools weave their way through the rainforest and offer a superb place to relax and rejuvenate in nature. Ranging in temperature from 36 to 40 degrees, and covered by giant sails offering protection from the elements, the pools are in perfect synergy with the environment. Entry is available for single use with unlimited time in the pools.  Return passes are also available.

Suitable for Children: Yes.

Massage - 30 Minutes or 60 minutes Plus Public Pool entry 

The exclusive massage facility is an oasis of tranquility overlooking the natural setting and is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Your highly skilled, professional Massage Therapist will create an experience specifically designed to suit your needs and requirements.  From a Swedish massage or Relaxtion massage to trigger point therapy, Sports massage, or deep tissue massages, even Myofascial Release our therapists will tailor make your session to you.  

Suitable for Children: Yes. No child discount. Children under 16 years must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Includes:  Complimentary entry into the public pools onsite.

Eco Combo - Glacier Valley Walk & Glacier Hot Pools

This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glacier's history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Departures: 10:15am and 2:15pm

Duration: Up to 3 hours for the walk. Allow extra time for the Hot Pools.

Suitable for Children: Minimum age is 6 years old.

Includes: Glacier Valley Walk, transport from Franz Josef township and Glacier Hot Pools entry.

What to bring: 2-4 warm upper body layers, quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans), food and drink for the day, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, backpack and your bathing suit for the hot pools.

Ice Adventure Combo - Full Day Glacier Adventure & Glacier Hot Pools

Our world renowned all day option takes you into superb scenery, deep in the heart of the glacier. The excellent step-cutting skills of your guide allow you to travel through the most spectacular and challenging glacier terrain imaginable. Gaining confidence on the ice as you go you could find yourself squeezing through tight blue crevasses or sliding through ice caves to shuffling, down near vertical walls of ice. We'll take you further, into the most spectacular ice falls and guarantee the most extensive and rewarding glacier adventure available.

Departures: 8:15am and 9:15am

Duration: Up to 8 hours for the Glacier Adventure (Ice Time, up to 6 hours). Allow extra time for the Hot Pools

Suitable for Children: Minimum age is 12 years old.

Includes: Full Day Glacier Adventure, transport from Franz Josef township and Glacier Hot Pools entry.

What to bring: 2-4 warm upper body layers (ideally woollen or poly prop), quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans), food and drink for the day, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and backpack. Don't forget your bathing suit for the hot pools.

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