Terrace Walk

Terrace Walk, Franz Josef: Address, Phone Number, Terrace Walk Reviews: 4/5

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This easy walk winds a short way along the bush-clad terraces at the south end of the village. There is no access beyond the bridge due to a slip and you will need to return the way you came. Take a torch and explore this walk at night to see glow-worms in the forest, especially under and around large fallen trees alongside the track. Getting there The walk starts off State Highway 6, at the southern end of Franz Josef village near the 'Our Lady of the Alps' church on the left hand side of the road heading south towards Fox Glacier. The track entrance has a very small parking area, but there is plenty of parking in town just a short walk away.
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< 1 hour
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CJO193
Te Puke, New Zealand408 contributions
Short walk
Jan 2021 • Couples
This was a short walk.. through the forest.. would be suited for kids as easy walking. We were expecting a bigger walk!
Written 3 January 2021
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Pete Y
Auckland, New Zealand702 contributions
A short walk near to town
Oct 2020 • Family
A short walk (20 mins) to see a small river at the end of it, that you can do from town, we did during the day so didn’t see any glow worms.
Written 6 October 2020
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Kathy
573 contributions
Rain Forest with Glowworms
Jan 2020
The Terrace Walk is located at the southern end of Franz Joseph Village on State Highway 6. The trail is relatively flat until the last few meters, when it winds uphill and becomes somewhat rocky. It is a lovely walk during the daytime, with a variety of moss covered trees, ferns, and other beautiful rain forest vegetation. At night, the glowworms sparkle along the track, especially around fallen trees. Round-trip takes about 30 minutes. We walked the track during the day to scope out where we thought the glowworms might be, and then returned again at night. Hint: no need to scope it out; the glowworms are everywhere!
Written 28 April 2020
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Fiona Chan
Singapore, Singapore310 contributions
Glow Worm Galore!
Feb 2020
Best enjoyed at night, this is a relatively easy and short trail that gives you a good chance to spot plenty of glow worms, especially when you make it to the very end. Definitely bring your torches, but turn them off or down from time to time so your eyes can get acquainted to the dark and spot them cute glow worms!
Written 15 March 2020
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JCB
Purmerend, The Netherlands707 contributions
Daywalk to kill some time
Nov 2019
When you walk away from all the hotels, restaurants and people, you may find this little walk just before the bridge over the river. A nice little (30 minutes return) walk through the (rain)forest. The road just stops at the end. Sadly we were not here at night, so no glowworms, but nicely shaped trees instead.
Written 18 February 2020
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Jorit N
West Melton, New Zealand111 contributions
Kids loved it
Apr 2019 • Family
Nice and easy walk, the kids loved it. Saw the glow worms and a couple of possums as well. Take a a few torches!
Written 2 June 2019
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dieselnator
Greenville, SC265 contributions
Glow Worms!
Apr 2019 • Family
We went after dark to search for glow worms and we were not disappointed. We would walk a bit and then turn our lights out and wait for our eyes to adjust. Saw glow worms from a few minutes up from the trail head all the way to the first river. Did not go any further because we were able to see so many in that distance. Tip: most of the glow worms were low in the forest- from the waist down.
Written 28 April 2019
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CFEIII
Austin, TX4,540 contributions
Beautiful area, trail damage 27/04/19
Apr 2019 • Solo
There was a storm in the area a few weeks ago and most of the trails with vistas of the glacier are currently closed for repair. I took a chance on the Terrace Walk. It is short, even shorter now since there are trees down and the vista part may have bee destroyed. The walk that is there is very nice, a tunnel thru the jungle! Classic old trees that should have names! I enjoyed it, walked past half a dozen downed trees, finally talked with somebody who had been to the end looking for the overlook and advised me that it had been damaged.
Written 27 April 2019
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KimiK48
214 contributions
Beautiful and relaxing
Apr 2018
After having spent hours anxiously waiting for confirmation that the weather conditions were good enough to do our prebooked heli tour (we finally got up, and it was awesome) we weren't in the mood for anything exhausting. How nice to find this little gem of a trail. A short and easy walk through the lush rainforest. Quite a lot of birds. We were the only ones there at the time, which really made it a relaxing experience.
Written 3 March 2019
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Jirka Kotek
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic131 contributions
Go in night
Jan 2019 • Couples
Forget about glowworm caves. This is better. But you need to go at night without any light. Your eyes will adjust and you will see literally hundreds of glowing blue lights. Also it costs nothing :-)
Written 12 February 2019
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