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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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“car park” (204 reviews)
“viewing point” (49 reviews)
“helicopter ride” (169 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 25 November 2016

Franz Josef has a very temperamental weather routine and while it is unpredictable, you can be smart by going for an hourly weather update and time your glacier visit for good visibility especially if you have a car. We had 4 days of rain forecast...More

Thank Punit M
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

This is spectacular! It has already retreated over a mile so you need to see it soon before it disappears all together! We drove to the car park and walked the easy gravel walkway about 1hr 30 return. Take waterproofs and good boots! Some people...More

Thank ExplorerSarahJane
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Amazing Glaciers. have never seen such a thing before. All white in Spring. Franz Josef also amazing town

Thank Yogeshwar T
Reviewed 24 November 2016

It rained all the way to the glacier and back. Although wet to the skin loved the walk. The walk was harder than we thought, we witnessed a lot of people struggling. On the way back the waterfalls were running even more. The glacier was...More

Thank Wlisaann
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Well worth seeing - it's worth taking a flight up over it as you get so close and see the crevices and cracks and it's beautiful blue colour . Really enjoyed this , not something you can do every day!

Thank Brandylady
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Although we did not climb the track to the glacier we visited the lower viewing sight. The glazier was clear and there was a car park at the end to stop. The glazier was very white compare to the Fox glazier.

Thank Beverley B
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Go for the walk till the water fall and creek with the wooden bridge, that place has the best views. walk further only if you are keen.

Thank Suneesh_anand
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Went to see the glacier 3 miles (5k) from town and then from the parking there was nearly a mile (1.5k) to walk along a gravel path top a viewpoint. Due to the drizzle & murk there was alas nothing really to see

Thank phshanks
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The 3 hour heli glacier hike trip was a highlight of the trip. I am a senior and found the walk quite easy to do assuming you have good ankles and balance. Our guide was extremely informative and the walk took us to interesting features....More

Thank avey
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This was an eye opening experience we would recommend for all. Despite some mild weather, the scenes were extraordinary! Our guide Nathan must be praised for his enthusiasm and knowledge! We had s great time. Only disappointment was not having time for the hot pools.

Thank Tian W
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Kelsey Z
19 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
2 November 2017|
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Response from Alwin L | Reviewed this property |
Dear michelle, You can go with any of the tour groups there. Their prices are somewhat the same. However, some of them have discounts with the holiday park u are staying in. Do ask for discount at the counter of the holiday... More
Ritu D
27 October 2017|
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Response from Shayne250978 | Reviewed this property |
These tours have stopped due the glacier breaking off so they have stopped the half day ones and you can only now get onto the glacier by doing the helicopter tour