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Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Franz Josef
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must do if you are in Franz josef. The walk to the glacier viewing is advertised as
Taking 1.1/2 hrs but you will probably spend more time here. The walk itself is easy for someone of moderate fitness there is acouple of very small water crossings with stepping stones and a couple of gradients to walk up. The scenery on the way to the glacier is amazing and you get a good view of the glacier at the end. If you start running out of water refill your bottle at the little wooden bridge near the waterfall the runming fresh glacier water was cold and fresh. This gives you another perspective of the glacier if the weather prevents you from doung the heli flight.

Thank Mick A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Much easier walk and far superior glacier views than fox glacier. Unless you are paying for guided tours, Franz Josef glacier is by far the better of the two. Can’t comment on guided tours as we didn’t do them.

As far as the walk goes, it was easy. A couple of bits were slightly steep and there are a couple of shallow river crossings but people of all ages and fitness levels made it to the end to see the glorious view of the glacier.

This is a must do when you are in the area. We probably spent around 2 hours taking a slow walk and loads of photos along the way.

Thank Sam R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They will not answer their phones to confirm our walk. Tried several times, either didn't answer or hung up the phone. The guide we had did a good job. I guess since we had been to several glaciers before this one was a disappointment. I guess Mother nature and global warming was the cause of that.

Thank 666dennist
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This glacier is receding so quickly you can't really get close to it. The walk that gets you as close as possible deserves accolades. The severe rains and weather wreak havoc in this part of the world and I am in awe of how the Department of Conservation manages to keep up with the constantly shifting perils that besiege this track. Well done. Worth a visit but better get there soon!

Thank Judgefoodie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked up on an overcast day which turned rainy which made it more interesting! The sights along the valley are spectacular, and the glacier itself , although 700m from the viewpoint, it massive and impressive. It's a 45 min walk, but steep at places and a bit rocky at places.

Thank xerxes25
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