Curated with the discerning traveller in mind who values culture, food, adventure and luxury travel, Rainforest Retreat has curated an exclusive package for National Geographic readers. This bespoke "Lakes and Mountains" package encompasses a three-night stay in the opulent Deluxe Retreat Spa Tree House, coupled with adventures that epitomise the spirit of exploration in Glacier Country.

Package Inclusions

Deluxe Spa Tree House

Experience unparalleled serenity with a 3-night stay for two people in our Deluxe Spa Tree House, nestled in the lush canopy of Franz Josef Glacier's rainforest. This retreat combines luxury with nature, featuring plush king beds, rain showers with underfloor heating, and a fully equipped kitchen. The highlight is your private outdoor hot tub, offering a secluded sanctuary amongst the trees. Perfect for both relaxation and adventure, this exclusive accommodation promises a memorable escape into New Zealand's breathtaking wilderness.

Guided Glacier Hike

This world-renowned Glacier Heli Hike is not to be missed.

Your experience combines a short, exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two- and half-hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features for two people.

It's no wonder our guests often label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Franz Josef Glacier is the fastest moving commercially guided glacier in the world. As a result, its features are constantly changing and no two trips are ever quite the same. You might find yourself sliding through narrow crevasses, navigating between staggering ice towers, squeezing through ice caves or if you are lucky, all three!

  • Includes a short scenic helicopter transfer over the glacier valley, landing on the ice
  • Up to 2.5 hours spent on the ice hiking the glacier and exploring features
  • 1 guide to 11 guests
  • Minimum age (10 years)


Duration: Up to 4 hours from time of check-in to the end of the trip

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight

Discover the beauty of New Zealand’s Southern Alps from the skies with the Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight for two people in Franz Josef Glacier. This captivating flight offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the majestic Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, soaring over these pristine giants and the surrounding alpine landscapes of Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The experience is enhanced by expert commentary, providing insights into the glaciers' history and geology. From the comfort of your helicopter, gaze down at the crevasses and snowfields below, capturing the essence of New Zealand's stunning natural beauty. This short but unforgettable flight promises an exhilarating and scenic adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

When the weather is right you may have the opportunity to cross over the ridge separating the two glaciers – an absolutely jaw-dropping moment in a helicopter. Take advantage of the terrific photo opportunities of Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) and Mt Tasman while landed on the snow.

Duration: 30 minute flight (allow 1 hour including check in formalities).

VIP Backstage Pass Wildlife Tour

See endangered Kiwi & Tuatara with the VIP Backstage Pass Tour at the Franz Josef Wildlife Centre. This unique experience offers an insider's look at the efforts to protect the endangered Rowi and Haast Tokoeka kiwis. Led by expert guides, you'll access restricted areas of the centre to see firsthand the advanced care and techniques used in kiwi conservation. Learn about the pioneering hatching and incubation processes and enjoy close encounters with these iconic birds. Ideal for wildlife lovers and conservation enthusiasts, this tour provides a profound insight into New Zealand's dedication to preserving its natural heritage.

Duration: Allow 1 hour.

Walk & Kayak Tour Lake Mapourika

This is your opportunity to explore some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforest! Enjoy exclusive access to our custom-built rainforest trail within the Okarito Kiwi Conservation area. On this kayak tour you will learn about the kiwi conservation, spot native birdlife and experience the pristine wilderness of the West Coast in a truly unique and remote part of Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Includes FREE high quality digital photographs taken by your kayak tour guide.
  • Discover the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary up close on our private custom-built trail.
  • Hike with our nature guides – all to the sound of native birdsong!
  • Hot drinks

Duration: 4 hours.

Lakes and Mountains Enquiry

To ensure everything is tailored to your preferences, please fill out the form below with your details and specific requests.  One of our concierge team will respond as soon as possible.

Modern and Luxurious Individual Accommodations set amongst lush native bush.

Space and seclusion. Family Tree Houses and Lodge cabins, individually sited.

Comfortable Motel rooms, Dorm Rooms and Powered Campervan Sites


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