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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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

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 3 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 2 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, as you may note from other reviews, the weather conditions need to be pretty much perfect for the heli hike to go ahead and there is a significantly high chance that your booking will be cancelled as mine was the day we planned to...More

Thank Kate H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cruisey walk except the last 400m it's up hill but worth it you get fairly close to the glacier. Scenery & waterfalls are great

Thank Colin V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Franz Joseph Glacier is fed from the same Mount Tasman icefield that feeds the easily accessible Fox Glacier 20 km to the south and the Tasman Glacier to the east. Mount Tasman is the second highest mountain in New Zealand. From the south, Highway 6...More

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Wayne M
26 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
19 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.
24 January 2017|
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