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Franz Josef Glacier

Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0360
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“car park” (237 reviews)
“viewing point” (55 reviews)
“return walk” (27 reviews)
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Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0360
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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The walk through the valley would have been pleasant without the rain but the scenery was still spectacular with moss covered rocks along the way. Like Fox Glacier, the terminus viewpoint was still a pretty good distance but more of the glacier was viewable here...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This is an absolutely beautiful nature reserve to visit. However beaware of the poor weather that this area suffers from. Both of my rain coats got totally soaked. The glacier itself had melted away and not visible due to constant low level clouds.

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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Franz Josef township is very small but services a multitude of tourist and back packer activities. Its very close knit and most things within walking distance. All the shops and cafes are set up for back packers and the local grocers sell everything in mini...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2016

I did not expect it was possible to walk so close to the foot of the glacier. If you are able to walk through rough terrain for about 2km, you can see the end of the glacier from a few hundred meters. It was impressive,...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2016

We did the walk on our own on the 25th dec as the guided walks office was closed. It cost 12 dollars per person round trip from our hotel and we got some good photos. The next day we did a guided walk across the...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

The signs said 1.5 hours return. We ended up taking 1.75 hours. We were walking at above average speed overtaking most people. So, to enjoy the view, allocate 3 hours! Unfortunately, we had booked a helicopter ride and had to rush through. The brochure should...More

1  Thank 2000DK
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

Easy track fed with open views of greenery, valley and natural rock formations which was just beautiful. Past by waterfalls along the way and views of the glacier was amazing regardless from afar or near. Will be good to check the weather at the I...More

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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We did the trek and saw this glacier that incidentally is one of the only or few glaciers in a rainforest of all places. The trek by itself is pretty awesome and the tour guide was very helpful as well. It's amazing to know that...More

Thank Vraj G
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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Although the information said 2km each way to glacier it is now 3km. A nice easy walk and well worth it to see the glacier. Took us a steady two hours there and back stopping to study geology on the way!

Thank Hostajeff
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

This does not get you next to the glacier but is close enough for safety reasons. Waterfalls are breathtaking. A good pair of waterproof hiking shoes are essential.

Thank Dan K
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Debbie B
7 February 2018|
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Response from LeucadiaJane | Reviewed this property |
To hike to Fran Josef glacier is a great walk - I’m thinking it was a mile hike or so and no bridge to get to it!
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fay m
12 January 2018|
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Response from rosettafazio | Reviewed this property |
Have a look at my pics on Glenfern Villas Franz Josef for pic of town and nice spot with a child (has animals to feed)
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Kelsey Z
18 November 2017|
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Response from Conanthelibrarian5 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on what you mean by “explore”. We drove our rental car to the car park and hiked on the well marked pathways over the moraines to the observation point overlooking the face of the Glacier. It was sufficient for... More
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