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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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  • Average9%
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“viewing point” (48 reviews)
“helicopter ride” (169 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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 4 days ago via mobile

Can not stress enough the need to be prepared for weather changes. When we started it was hot and sunny, then a down pour of rain which saw a lot of unprepared people turn back before the waterfalls (Which are worth the walk on their...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a geologist conduct a guided walk for the first part of the hike. Her knowledge was indispensable in understanding how the glaciers formed and some of the current issues related to the glaciers. She was funny and was able to answer all questions...More

Thank swoodruf
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is a wonderful walk to the glacier. Perfect scene and views. We unfortunately we didn´t have enough time to walk right up, but as far as we have seen a beautiful place to relax and walk.

Thank Muenki
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is the first hiking activity for me which I was contemplating whether to do it or not at the first place as I was equipped with the right hiking gear especially shoes. However I managed to hike up within 40 minutes to the waterfall...More

1  Thank Farhana68
Reviewed 1 week ago

We climbed up to the lookout, really good view. Worth the short sharp climb. I hadn't visited in over 40 years and to mind it was a stark reality of climate change

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth seeing. Out of this world experience. Can get a little cold, so wear layers and comfortable shoes. A guide can be useful to understand the history of the place,.

Thank Ouiuken
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there in Feb 2017 and in spite of the fluctuating weather and ill equipped clothing made it to the viewing area of the glacier. The walk is excellent. The path is along a greyish stream and there are a few big waterfalls as...More

1  Thank Krish_Chow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived for a 2 night stay and really enjoyed ourselves. There are ample walking opportunities for various ranges of fitness and abilities. We recommend the 15 minutes return climb to the glacier lookout and the 90 minutes return to the base of the glacier...More

Thank Karen T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk to the viewing point was really nice. The road to take is clearly marked. The views are stunning.

Thank LarissaVanMos
Reviewed 1 week ago

its a nice long flat walk thought the valley and river bed up to view whats left of the glacier, the closer you get the less you can see, but seeing the marks of where it used to be years ago makes you appreciate what...More

Thank Tomas B
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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
15 October 2017|
Response from Jason G | Reviewed this property |
The only way to physically walk on the glacier is to get there via a helicopter tour. You can hike to a viewing point and see it from afar, but because of how far it has receded and the danger of rock slides, you're not... More