Franz Josef Glacier

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Franz Josef Glacier
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Hiking Trails • Geologic Formations
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Westland Tai Poutini National Park, renowned for its Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and the beautiful walks from 5 minutes to 8 hours that you can do in this area to view these amazing ice features, native forest, wildlife and waterfalls. The track up the Glacier river bed is 5.4 km return via same track Suggested duration 1 hr 30 min •This track is sometimes closed due to ice collapse, flooding or landslides – check the latest track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre before starting your trip. •Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly. •Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection. •No drones allowed.
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Lisa and Allan
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May 2022
What an experience. We did the walk out to view the glacier and although the walk wa lovely the view was a let down. So we were even more determined to go up in the helicopter and that was nothing short of FANTASTIC !!!!!! well with the cost a once in a life time experience.
Written 9 May 2022
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Patrick W
Auckland Central, New Zealand37 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We were lucky enough to get a stunning day and the glacier looked incredible. Very short walk from the car to the base and would recommend for anyone to see a New Zealand icon
Written 26 April 2022
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ShazNz
Auckland, New Zealand21 contributions
Mar 2022
Nice, easy walk to a viewing area with good bush cover. Information at the end was really interesting
Written 5 March 2022
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Annette
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
Oct 2021
Fabulous small town. Amazing scenery even in drizzly weather. I was fascinated. Excellent accommodation. Yummy restaurants.
Written 22 January 2022
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Ed R
Blenheim, New Zealand735 contributions
Jan 2022
A great natural sight which is sadly disappearing thanks to the stupidity of the human race.
A short walk from the carpark takes you to a safe place where excellent views can be had. There is no legal access to the base of the glacier or river - don't be the idiot who crosses the barrier!
Went twice - at dusk and then at midday the next day. Quite different aspect (very blue during the day) so worth seeing in these different lights.
Written 2 January 2022
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edi361
Gore Southland27 contributions
Jul 2021
The road is good no problems. A part of the Glacier is in view of the car park however you are able to walk towards the Glacier
Written 30 July 2021
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Gaynor S
14 contributions
Jul 2021
Lots to do in Franz Josef - we did kayaking, a Heli Hike and Quad bikes - all in two days! Come and see the glacier before it's all gone...
Written 25 July 2021
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gtlegacy2015
Wellington, New Zealand211 contributions
Jun 2021
The glacier is disappearing at an alarming rate. Access to the base of the glacier is no longer possible, but a reasonable view is available from the end of a well maintained track.
Written 25 June 2021
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Sightsee816174
31 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Well set up and the access walkway is just beautiful among dense trees and bushes on both sides. Sunny day a must, which we were lucky to have on the day.
Written 18 May 2021
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JudithAH
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Apr 2021
An AMAZING Flight and Snow Landing. Weather was marginal and we had minimal time however managed to get this never to forget Flight!!
Written 11 May 2021
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