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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“car park” (189 reviews)
“viewing point” (47 reviews)
“round trip” (39 reviews)
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Hours Today: 07:30 - 18:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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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 2 days ago

A short drive to the base car park. Once there, a half a dozen trails were available to walk or cycle. I chose to go as far as I could to the bottom of the glacier. It took around 40 minutes one way and was...More

Thank daleafitz
Reviewed 2 days ago

We chose to do the glacier walk instead of the heli hike because the weather was iffy. We were not disappointed by the walk! We got to walk through a rain forest to a glacier; which is pretty cool! We saw beautiful waterfalls, crystal blue...More

Thank reneecoughlin
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We drove ourselves up to the glacier car park - entirely suitable road for a campervan with loads of parking space available - and walked the trail to the glacier. From the first dozen footsteps, this is a walk to remember. As you stroll up...More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a wonderful glacier tour and we were not regretting to take up the tour with them. We have a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who explained to us patiently about the glacier formation, history, what’s happening in the past and now. We...More

Thank Haylane K
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Franz Josef glacier valley walk is much more interesting and beautiful than the Fox glacier valley walk if you are only able to do one. There is also an exquisite reflective pool called Peter's Pool near this walk which is a must see. Like...More

Thank kelly_anne_gibson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked here from the village and back which took three and a half hours. If you start in the car park it is a ninety minute return walk. Really interesting walking through the rain forest with its flora and fauna before you walk to the...More

Thank 708Robin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice walk from the car park to the Glacier. perfect activity if you have children. Wonderful sites from waterfalls to the river to the glacier and mountains. really spectacular. Really sad to see how much the glacier has retreated over the years. Go and...More

Thank Nathanandfamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinated by the glacial erosion here and the retreat of the glacier. Be quick it is shrinking! Pretty easy walking access to the glacier viewing point. Toilet facilities at the car parking area and various walks available too.

Thank Barry H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting walk up the valley to the foot of the glacier. Well worth the time. Some interesting ice formations on the way and the walk is not very taxing.

Thank Jeembo11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walk to the glacier is easy and convenient and different walks depart from the parking lot. Due to the retreating ice, it is slightly disappointing to see the glacier from so far but still well worth a visit.

Thank nicolas s
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Wayne M
27 March 2017|
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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
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scorpio391
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.
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Gents8
24 January 2017|
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Response from Notdunroaming | Reviewed this property |
There is a car park near to the start of the park trail. From memory it wasn't a difficult walk to the nearest point that you can get to the glacier, which isn't that near really. Watch out for the streams becoming quickly... More
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