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Franz Josef Glacier

Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrive early to avoid parking problem. Well, the parking is quite limited to the nearest walking starting. The walk is quite enjoyable. It reminds me so much of my childhood where exploring the woods is so fascinating. It takes us one hour to finally...More

Thank Mariana B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Walk was easy. About 750m away is closest without a guide but still a good view. Have good footwear and remember the weather can change. About 90 min return

Thank Garry S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As the title says the scenic walk to the glacier only adds to the building expectation. The glacier views are quite spectacular and is a reasonably easy hike, taking about an hour and a half return. Would definitely recommend when in Franz Josef!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A nice little walk to see the glacier. Beautiful waterfalls on the way. Correct footwear is a must and a raincoat if due to rain.

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice easy walk to the glacier, beautiful views of the lush wall of rainforest either side of you. The glacier was a bit underwhelming given how far its retreated but it's an interesting look into the raw power of nature! Do it if you're in...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing experience, would highly recommend! Connor our guide was awesome! (I hope you get your ice car and McDonald's soon!)

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Thank bdwyer_95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Managed to take a helicopter up to the glacier. It was beautiful to behold as we fly past the whole glacier. Landed between some mountains and took some beautiful pictures. Cant stop raving about the beautiful scene. Just me and the snow and the sun....More

Thank Alwin L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in pretty good luck the day that we booked for the heli-hike. Great sunny weather even though we were the last group for the day (1pm). We're aware that the helicopter ride is only a few minutes in and out of the glacier but...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Queenstown has better views of snow capped mountains. Franz Josef is too small. There is literally nothing to do apart from helicopter ride/hikes. Don't bother to come here.

1  Thank Abby1601
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked all the way from the village, so we experienced everything from lush forests to the glacial landscape. Lots of photo opportunities, and suitable for all types of hikers.

Thank barsegh
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18 August 2017|
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Response from Heather C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can walk without having to take a tour, and it costs you nothing! The visuals are absolutely superb! Just ask at the Franz Joseph tourist information office in the center of town for a map, and they can tell you... More
Wayne M
27 March 2017|
Response from Steven B | Reviewed this property |
You will walk 1.5h return to Franz Josef glacier, where you are able to walk to a viewing platform which is approximately 750 meters from the glacier. The Fox glacier walk is 1h return and you can go closer to the glacier... More
20 March 2017|
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Response from Rashmi K | Reviewed this property |
Advisable to take tours on different days to actually get flavor of glacier.