Winter in Franz Josef

main street Franz Josef

Just back from a lovely couple of nights down in the South Westland village of Franz Josef, the township for the Franz Josef glacier.

mountain views roberts point walk

Lots of fresh snow on the mountains.  We had beautiful crisp clear winter days for exploring (more to come).

Nico and Ziggy in Franz Josef

Visiting Franz Josef means a visit with our friends Bernie and Gerard from Holly Homestead – the boys “D-God parents” and this means being rather spoilt.

dogs enjoying river walk at Franz Josef

The boys enjoyed catching up with their friend Benson and we enjoyed our time with Bernie and Gerard and Kaz from Westwood Lodge.

lake maporika sunsets

Blessed with wonderful sunsets we couldn’t resist a drive to Lake Mapourika for reflection photos as the sun went down behind the mountains.

Holly homestead with the starry skies

The evenings were just as beautiful as the days, giving us stunning starry skies above our accommodation at Holly Homestead. Another lovely visit to Franz Josef.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring this wonderful region – West Coast of the Southern Alps.


About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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4 Responses to Winter in Franz Josef

  1. Jane says:

    Gorgeous scenery and beautiful accommodation. Your dogs looked well behaved sitting on the couch there. Usually they are bounding along in your shots so it is unusual to see them so still! 🙂


    • coastingnz says:

      ha-ha that’s true Jane. Hard to believe they can sit still. Very spoilt when in FJ up on the sofa the two of them. Currently snuggled on their beds – beach walk, full tummies after dinner and all is quiet……

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  2. Mama says:

    what a beatiful place Bernie & Gerard have Jan.and those ‘Grandsons’ of ours, well we know how well behaved they can be, even though they are spoiled rotten by their ‘Mum’. Stunning photoghraphy as always Stephen!!!!


    • coastingnz says:

      and how they can mis-behave, especially after being even more spoilt than normal – who would have thought that at all possible! Holly Homestead is beautiful – lovingly restored old homestead, very warm and cosy.


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