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Great views up the valley

A very easy walk up to the viewing platform with information panels detailing some of the glacier's... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
bivvy24
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Singapore, Singapore
Easy way to see the glacier

We've flown over and walked glaciers in Alaska, Canada and Antarctica, so there was no compelling... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
dskid
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Overland Park, Kansas
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This short steady climb up a now bush-covered ice-scraped rock offers the most impressive views of the glacier and the Waiho River. Information panels at the viewpoint show dramatic photos of the glacial retreat, making it one of the best places to...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We've flown over and walked glaciers in Alaska, Canada and Antarctica, so there was no compelling reason to take the 15 minute flight over or one of the longer helicopter tours. This was a very enjoyable, and easy walk, with very little change in elevation...More

7  Thank dskid
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

We were here 10 years ago and the steep climb up to the view point was really worthwhile, but not any more. The information at the viewing sight is excellent but as the glacier has retreated so far no, you can only see the top...More

3  Thank Xjapie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are several hikes that originate from the Franz Josef glacier car park, around 4 km drive from the town centre. This is a short 900 metre walk that takes no more than 15-20 minutes to complete, taking visitors through brush covered rocks and relatively...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2018

A very easy walk up to the viewing platform with information panels detailing some of the glacier's history.

Thank bivvy24
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Visited on Thursday 10th May. It was a wet afternoon and we wanted to see Franz Josef Glacier so did this walk which is 20 minutes return. You are a fair way from the glacier but the view is still good even in the rain.

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We've flown over and walked glaciers in Alaska, Canada and Antarctica, so there was no compelling reason to take the 15 minute flight over or one of the longer helicopter tours. This was a very enjoyable, and easy walk, with very little change in elevation...More

7  Thank dskid
Reviewed 12 May 2018

This is the easiest way to see the glazier by short walk, but only from the long distance point, which is the viewing platform of Sentinel Rock Walk, approx 20 min walk one way from car park with some steps. The short steady climb up...More

Thank santo-trainsspotter7
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed this walk, lots of water falls and of course the glacer. A bit of uphill so those not as able be aware.

Thank henshawgn
Reviewed 10 March 2018

nice view for glacier. The guides were very helpful. They worked with your speed. Also he was quite knowladgible.

Thank aashah1987
Reviewed 20 February 2018

The Sentinel Rock Walk is a relatively short walk on the way to the Franz Josef Glacier and is well worth the effort for anyone wanting a quick hike and who is short on time. The view at the top is absolutely breathtaking.

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Thanks to the DOC officer preparing me for this journey as I would not have anticipated the steep climb. Needs more info even for a minute walk for an asthmatic such as myself.

2  Thank kwitehira
Reviewed 20 January 2018

after doing the trail, i think that if you keep the memory of this glacier from the long distance it is much better.. getting close to it makes you realize how global warming has affected this amazing phenomenon. This stop did not meet our expectations...More

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Sarahroseconroy
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Response from WellTraveled3 | Reviewed this property |
This walk is pretty easy. Not flat but no very steep climbs. Can be done in 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace (each way).
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