The drive from Queenstown to the West Coast is about 4 hours, so I recommend staying in Fox or Franz Glacier for a night, with an option of flying back to Queenstown if you wish. See our West Coast tours or contact me to arrange a custom tour to explore the West Coast with your own private guide, with accommodation if required.
Franz Josef Accommodation:
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
This is the most luxurious option in the area. Nestled in the rainforest, Te Waonui features a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service as well as spa services to help you simply unwind.
Fox Glacier Accommodation:
Enjoy privacy and peaceful seclusion at the 20-room Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier. It’s a short stroll to the main street of Fox Glacier village and a short drive to Fox Glacier or a 20-minute drive to Franz Josef.
Enjoy the relaxed style and magnificent views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman at the 19-room High Peaks Hotel set in a quiet, rural location.