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All up hill

20 minute walk all up hill to get a different view of the glacier and valley. A good view in lieu... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tough walk - but worth it

The Sentinel Rock Walk is up!!! Only 10-15 minutes but all fairly steep up. I am not fit and found... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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This short steady climb up a now bush-covered ice-scraped rock offers the most impressive views of the glacier and the Waiho River. Information panels at the viewpoint show dramatic photos of the glacial retreat, making it one of the best places to...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

20 minute walk all up hill to get a different view of the glacier and valley. A good view in lieu of walking all the way out to the glacier viewing area. This view point is no substitute for getting closer.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NFHarry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sentinel Rock Walk is up!!! Only 10-15 minutes but all fairly steep up. I am not fit and found it a struggle, but it was worth it. The views of the glacier when you reach the top are great. There is a bench half...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AS185
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Having seen the glaciers from a helicopter earlier, we decided to have a look from the ground. The car park (free) was very busy, so get there early. Most of the walk was flat or with a bit of a hill, but beyond the viewing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jan P
Reviewed 16 October 2018

There are several hikes that originate from the Franz Josef glacier car park, around 4 km drive from the town centre. This is a short 900 metre walk that takes no more than 15-20 minutes to complete, taking visitors through brush covered rocks and relatively...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank BradJill
Reviewed 25 August 2018

A very easy walk up to the viewing platform with information panels detailing some of the glacier's history.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank bivvy24
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Visited on Thursday 10th May. It was a wet afternoon and we wanted to see Franz Josef Glacier so did this walk which is 20 minutes return. You are a fair way from the glacier but the view is still good even in the rain.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 20 July 2018

We've flown over and walked glaciers in Alaska, Canada and Antarctica, so there was no compelling reason to take the 15 minute flight over or one of the longer helicopter tours. This was a very enjoyable, and easy walk, with very little change in elevation...More

Date of experience: February 2018
11  Thank dskid
Reviewed 12 May 2018

This is the easiest way to see the glazier by short walk, but only from the long distance point, which is the viewing platform of Sentinel Rock Walk, approx 20 min walk one way from car park with some steps. The short steady climb up...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank santo-trainsspotter7
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed this walk, lots of water falls and of course the glacer. A bit of uphill so those not as able be aware.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank henshawgn
Reviewed 10 March 2018

nice view for glacier. The guides were very helpful. They worked with your speed. Also he was quite knowladgible.

Date of experience: March 2018
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12 March 2017|
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Response from WellTraveled3 | Reviewed this property |
This walk is pretty easy. Not flat but no very steep climbs. Can be done in 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace (each way).