Sport and Recreation

Badminton

The Fox Badminton Club play on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm at the Community Centre during winter, starting April/May. Entry costs $2.00 per session or alternatively a season membership deal is available, rackets and shuttlecocks are provided. Contact Stephanie Morgan (03 751 0814) or Marlayna Liebert (027 236 1732), for more information.

Indoor Netball

Indoor netball is held in the Franz Josef hall during winter months. It is often frequented by Fox locals who carpool. Details will be provided on this website before the upcoming season.

Kayaking

The Westland region offers a vast array of kayaking options, from leisurely lake/lagoon paddles to extreme white water runs. Some of the more leisurely options are detailed below.

  • Lake Mapourika. Located 5 minutes north of Franz Josef, access via the jetty on the southern end of the lake. It is a very scenic bush edged lake with great views of the Southern Alps.
  • Okarito Lagoon. Located 20 minutes north of Franz Josef. Check tide times as it is best to kayak at or near high tide. The Department of Conservation have set up a detailed kayak trail for you to follow.
  • Gillespie’s Lagoon. Located at Gillespie’s beach, access the lagoon from Gillespie’s bridge at the beach. Check tide times as it is best to kayak at or near high tide. The views are amazing, ancient kahikatea forests with a backdrop of the Southern Alps. Bring insect repellent.

For those lacking kayaking equipment there are two commercial operators. Glacier Country Kayaks in Franz who offer guided trips on Lake Maporika, phone 03 752 0230. Also Okarito Kayaks who guide trips and hire kayaks on Okarito Lagoon, phone 0800 652 748.

Quilting & Craft Group

Quilting group meet at Euni Sullivan’s every Monday from 10.00am till you want to go – $5.00 a session.

Craft group also at Euni’s on Thursday night at 7.30pm.
Any craft that you wish to do or learn, hopefully someone can help you – $5.00 a session.
Anyone is welcome, no matter whether you’re a learner or a bit further up the ladder of knowledge.

Rugby

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef and Haast townships combine to form the South Westland Rugby team. This team plays against Hari Hari, Whataroa and Ross annually for the coveted Woodham Shield. The team always welcomes new players and training sessions and matches are played in early to mid winter, usually in August. For more information contact Lucan Dwyer on 027 260 4666.

Swimming

The school pool is open during the summer months. Keys are purchased from the Community Centre for the season and returned at the end of the season, to get your deposit back.

Cost for a key:
$80 for a family
$40 for a single
Plus $10 deposit