Waiho Hot Tub Experience

Franz Josef Glacier

Relax and unwind in the soothing comfort of fresh, warm water and aromatic wood smoke.

Relax and unwind in private tubs, nestled in a lush rainforest setting on New Zealand’s West Coast. Our wood-fired hot tubs combine the soothing comfort of warm water with the unique atmosphere of wood smoke to give you an unforgettable experience.


Our Story

The Waiho River, which loosely translates as ‘smoky waters’, flows from Franz Josef Glacier to the Tasman Sea. Legend has it that the river was formed from the tears of Hinehukatere, frozen in a glacier. In ancient times she was mountain-climbing with her beloved, Wawe, and witnessed him fall to his death. To this day, the Māori name for Franz Josef Glacier is Kā Roimata-a-Hinehukatere, or the tears of Hinehukatere. We created Waiho Hot Tubs to give you an unforgettable experience of the West Coast. One that connects you to the incredible landscape and its people.

Soak, Stay & Dine Limited Offer

From $199 for two adults Includes: Stay at the 4-Star Bella Vista Motel Queen Compact Studio with en-suite and a $50 food & beverage voucher for Snake Bite Brewery.


Gift Vouchers

Share the gift of a Waiho Hot Tub Experience with someone special. We have two options for your special person. Treat them to a relaxing hot tub experience or add on a nights accommodation at the Bella Vista Motel. Buying a voucher is easy, you will receive the PDF voucher by e-mail to send it directly to your lucky recipients. You can even include a personal message on the voucher. Waiho Hot Tub gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date they are issued.

Where we are

At the heart of Franz Josef village, nestled in a lush rainforest setting on the wild West Coast of New Zealand. This is the heart of Glacier Country. Find us at the north end of Cron Street, Opposite the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre. Come and experience this beautiful natural wilderness today.