Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier: Hours, Address, Franz Josef Glacier Reviews: 4.5/5

Franz Josef Glacier
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Hiking Trails • Geologic Formations
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Sightsee816174
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Glacier receding fast so hurry there
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
Helicopter With A Snow Landing!!!
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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nzwestie
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand437 contributions
Must visit destination!
Apr 2021
Spent two days and two nights in FJ. A lovely little township. Lots of eating places. Did the Roberts Track - see other review. The 4 square was such a good little shop, the sandwiches and pies were very nice. I did notice a lot of vines growing on all the trees on the main road. That was sad. Pity that cannot be sorted. But all in all a must visit destination.
Written 5 May 2021
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MilmineM
Auckland, New Zealand472 contributions
Ice ice baby
Apr 2021 • Family
Very sad how far this glacier has receded since we last visited 25 years ago. And with the flooding a few years back it is now not possible to get even remotely close to the face. The view from the current lookout was good though and the track to the lookout is accessible to a person in a wheelchair with some assistance (a few big uphills)
Written 25 April 2021
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,225 contributions
Nice walk - nice view
Apr 2021
Walked up the track as far as possible to see the glacier. It's a pleasant walk with bush, streams and so on. The final viewing area is very good - it's possible to see much of the glacier even though it's evidently 2 km away. Signs warning not to go any further - you may be able to but only with professional guides. It had been raining heavily the day before and the river was well up - any slip into that and I would suspect the rescue teams would only be pulling out a body. Global warming is certainly reducing the size of the glacier but we got some great photos with clouds. sun and mist giving lots of different views. Definitely worth a look
Written 23 April 2021
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Kiwitravelers2013
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions
Amazing
Apr 2021
We did the helicopter flight and landed on the top of the glacier . An amazing experience to see this awesome glacier close up.
Written 10 April 2021
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Garry
6 contributions
Glacier landing
Apr 2021
quick helicopter flight with landing on glacier, worth the expense .fly early in the day as weather changes quickly
Written 9 April 2021
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Tracey S
Hamilton, New Zealand20 contributions
Franz Josef experience.
Mar 2021 • Solo
This little town is super friendly and the food, experiences and people amazing. Take the time to look around and experience NZ in all its beauty so worth it.
Written 24 March 2021
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Barefoot Kiwi
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Ātaahua
Mar 2021
A nice walk, even on a wet day.
Unfortunately, can't walk all the way up to Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere / FJ Glacier because flooding has changed the river course, but you can still see it from the viewing points.
Written 22 March 2021
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A B
Wellington, New Zealand31 contributions
Go now while it's still visible from the tracks
Feb 2021
We went on the two main tracks starting from the big car park to view the glacier. very easy walking. Beautiful bush lined tracks. Really saddening to see how much the glacier has retreated in the last 125 years but most of all in the last 10 years. The power of nature is visible all around you with the evidence of a major flood a few years ago having caused major slips and blocked parts of the track. DOC and other have done an amazing job to get the track safe to walk again.
Written 20 March 2021
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