Hukawai Glacier Centre, Franz Josef
Hukawai Glacier Centre, Franz Josef

Looking for icy adventure and glacial action?
Hukawai Glacier Centre is up and running!


New Zealand’s largest all-weather Glacier Centre and Indoor Ice Climbing Wall at Franz Josef has opened its doors!

The only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 7 in the world, the Hukawai ice climbing wall is a unique ‘must see’ for all visitors to the West Coast region of the South Island.

The centre offers a unique, all weather opportunity to surround yourself with the sights and sounds of our spectacular glacier region. 

“Hukawai Glacier Centre and Indoor Ice climbing wall will bring new life and energy to Franz Josef on the West Coast” - Canterbury and southern today – April 07

  Click here to see what the Sydney Morning Herald had to say about us.


Winter time on the coast is full of sunny, clear and cold days.  It is the best time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and reap the benefits of the icy cold nights.  A short walk from one of the local huts is a unique formation for this area, a frozen waterfall.  A few of the Hukawai instructors entered this area to have a blast on the walls and found that its not only glacial ice that makes this a great ice climbing area.

Hukawai Glacier Centre, Franz Josef