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Ways to Experience Franz Josef Glacier
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 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 April 4, 2018

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 April 4, 2018 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 April 3, 2018 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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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Firstly the walk from the carpark to the viewpoint is not a hike - it's a moderately simple walk. 1 hour return is easy if you can get past all the tourists dawdling along out of breath.

Secondly the glacier is receding... so move the barriers closer! The viewpoint was 750m away and you could just about see the end of the glacier round the corner. There's health and safety and then just nonsense.

If you want to see the glacier spend some money and do a guided glacier tour or helicopter flight. Otherwise I just wouldn't bother!

Thank Soton-Sparks
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