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Exterior Of Glacier Country Motel And Southern Alps Mountains

Comfortable and relaxed accommodation in Glacier Country, West Coast.

Glacier Country Motel, nestled in the small town of Whataroa on New Zealand's West Coast, offers an authentic rural experience just off State Highway 6. The motel, with its views of farmland and the distant Southern Alps mountain range, is perfectly situated within a short walk from local amenities such as a café, store and petrol station.

The property features 10 freshly renovated units, providing diverse options and comfortable and convenient accommodation. For leisure activities, guests have a plethora of options within easy reach - a children's playground, a top-notch golf course, a tennis court, nature walks, and the renowned White Heron Sanctuary Tours. Not to mention, the striking blue Whataroa River is nearby. A scenic 20-minute drive will take you to Franz Josef Glacier, a hub of adventure tourism opportunities. Glacier Country Motel provides the perfect base for your adventures and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of more crowded tourist spots like Franz Josef Glacier.

We look forward to welcoming you to our little slice of paradise.


Luxury Green Velvet Button Bed Cushion And Floral Pillows On Bed

Built in 1953 as a five-bedroom hospital, this building has been thoughtfully renovated while preserving many of its original features. Each room or unit has been updated to meet the varied needs of contemporary travelers. We offer cost-effective accommodations for solo travelers, couples and larger groups or families. Depending on your preferences, you can choose rooms with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. Additionally, you have the option to enjoy either a garden view or a mountain view. Each room is unique, adding to the charm of Glacier Country Motel.


Great White Herons Whataroa New Zealand

Things To Do In Glacier Country

Great White Heron Whataroa Sanctuary With Baby Chicks

White Heron Sanctuary Tours

White Heron Sanctuary Tours is a family-owned business that offers a unique nature experience to visitors. The tour includes an informative minibus ride through private farmland into the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve, home to New Zealand's only breeding colony of Kōtuku, or White Heron.

Whataroa River With Packrafters West Coast New Zealand

Whataroa River

The Whataroa River, is renowned for its striking blue waters that carve through three spectacular gorges. In addition, the surrounding river valleys - Whataroa, Butler, and Perth - present challenging backcountry hiking opportunities, ideal for those with suitable skills and experience.

Whataroa Golf Course And Golf Ball At Hole


The Whataroa Golf Club offers a picturesque 9-hole golf course. The golf club is open seven days a week and warmly welcomes visitors. Nestled in a natural bush setting with a large creek winding through, the club provides a unique golfing experience amidst New Zealand's stunning landscape.

Whataroa Tennis Court


The Whataroa Tennis Court is a well-maintained facility that adds to the community's vibrant sports culture.


The court is situated adjacent to the local nine-hole golf course, offering residents and visitors a variety of recreational options.

Heli Services NZ Helicopter Landed On Snow At Top Of Mountain Southern Alps West Coast New Zealan

Helicopter Flights

Franz Josef Glacier, located in New Zealand's South Island, offers several helicopter flight options that provide unparalleled views of the stunning Southern Alps. A popular choice among visitors is HeliServices, known for their wide range of scenic flights. They offer an ultimate experience package that explores both the Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers, Aoraki/Mt Cook & Mt Tasman. 


Glacier Country offers a plethora of hiking options for a variety of fitness and experience levels. For the seasoned hiker, the Alex Knob Track and the Mount Fox Route provide challenging treks with breathtaking views of Fox and Franz Josef Glacier, the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. For those seeking a more leisurely experience, the Lake Wombat Walk, Minnehaha Walk and Waitangitaona Wetland Walk offer easy, scenic strolls.

Man Walking On Trail Through West Coast Rainforest

Waitangitahuna Wetland Walk

The Waitangitāhuna Wetland Walk, located near Whataroa on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, offers an easy and accessible journey through a regenerating kahikatea forest and flax wetland. This short loop trail, leads to a viewing platform that affords spectacular vistas. The walk is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, making it accessible to all visitors. 

Heli-Hikers On Franz Josef Glacier West Coast New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

The Franz Josef Glacier heli hike is an exciting adventure in New Zealand that combines a thrilling helicopter flight over the Southern Alps with a two-and-a-half-hour guided hike on the glacier.


Participants explore stunning ice formations and caves, guided by professionals ensuring safety and providing informative context. 

Kayakers On Okarito Lagoon West Coast New Zealand


Okarito is a small coastal settlement located about 20 minutes drive from Whataroa. It's renowned for its vast, unmodified wetland - the Okarito Lagoon, which is home to more than 70 bird species, including the beautiful kotuku. The village is a tranquil spot surrounded by ocean, estuary, sea cliffs, lush forest and offers unsurpassed views of the Southern Alps. Visitors can explore the lagoon via kayak or guided tour.

Franz Josef Glacier Township With Mountains In Behind On Moody Misty Rainy Day

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is located 20 minutes from Whataroa and offers thrilling activities like guided ice walks, sky diving, quad biking, kayak and lake cruise tours, heli-hikes, and wildlife encounters at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. Hiking trails like the Roberts Point Track and Tatare Tunnels Walk are popular. Nearby Fox Glacier is worth a visit, while Waiho Hot Pools offer relaxation. 

Hikers At Fox Glacier New Zealand Rainforest And Mountains

Fox Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is located 45 minutes from Whataroa and offers a mix of natural beauty and adventure opportunities. Visitors can enjoy the iconic Lake Matheson Walk, The Minnehaha Walk and other popular hiking trails. Gillespies Beach is perfect for sunset viewing while the South Side Walk offers a closer look at the glacier. 

Lake Wahapo South Westland

Lake Wahapo

Lake Wahapo, a small glacial lake located just out of Whataroa is part of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. It's known for its picturesque setting and abundant fishing opportunities. The lake is surrounded by a swamp forest of ancient kahikatea trees, adding to the serene landscape.  Accessible year-round, it's a popular swimming spot for both locals and tourists.