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number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

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number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Is 3 full days too much time? We will not have a car; traveling by bus. Right now we have 2 days in Franz Josef--we want to do some nice walks (unguided) plus do a morning kayak tour on Lake Mapourika. Then 1 day at Fox Glacier--walking to see the glacier, and shuttle to Lake Matheson to walk around there, and possibly to Gillespie Beach (there might be a shuttle to there). We are now wondering if 2 days at Franz Josef is too much time, especially without a car. We were initially thinking of giving some allowance for weather being bad, but now not sure. Our alternative would be to go to Wanaka a day earlier. Then we would have 2 1/2 days in Wanaka--one of those days we are going to do a Rob Roy Glacier guided hike.

Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

you could spend a week in the Glacier country and have insufficient time. looks like you will be enjoying yourselves with what you have planned.

Good idea to have an alternative to fall back on when the weather doent play its part and generaly you will find good weather in wanaka, but may be windy.

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2. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Thank you. Regarding our alternative, the thing is that we have to decide now whether to have 2 or 3 days in the Franz Josef/Fox Glacier area. This will determine how may nights to stay there, and which day to take the 8 a.m. bus to Wanaka. So, our options to decide upon now:

Option 1:

Day 1: Arrive Franz Josef 5:04 p.m.; overnight Franz Josef

Day 2: Franz Josef area; overnight Franz Josef

Day 3: Franz Josef area; 5:00 p.m. to Fox Glacier

Day 4: Fox Glacier; overnight Fox Glacier

Day 5: a.m. bus to Wanaka

Option 2:

Day 1: Arrive Franz Josef 5:04 p.m; overnight Franz Josef

Day 2: Franz Josef area; overnight Franz Josef

Day 3: 8 a.m. bus to Fox Glacier; day in Fox Glacier area; overnight Fox

Day 4: a.m. bus to Wanaka

Thanks for any advice!

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3. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

if the weather is great then option 2 as you can hike/explore day 2

if the weather is really foul then option 2 as you won't get to hike any of the days

if the weather is marginal and it looks like a hike is possible but delayed, then option 1.

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4. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Thank you. Yeah, I get that it's hard to know what the weather will be like. Given that we need to pick an option before knowing about the weather, in order to arrange which place we are going to stay as well as our bus transport, any suggestion as to picking option 1 vs. 2? Thanks!

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5. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Option two - extra time in Wanaka trumps extra time spent in Franz :)

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6. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Thank you. Another idea we've come up with for our 3 days in the FJ/FG area is to go to Okarito for a boat tour and walking. Any input on Okarito? I've read it is quite nice.

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7. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

consider going to whataroa and doing a white heron santury tour http://www.whiteherontours.co.nz/

if you are here during the breeding / nesting season.

Okarito is lovely too, and in the lat e evening there are tours to see / hear the Okarito Kiwi.

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8. Re: number of days to spend in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Thank you. I think we might be able to arrange going to Okarito.

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