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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” (49 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 yesterday

This is a must-do in Franz Josef, even if you've done the helicopter trip. The views and surrounding mountains are a pleasure to walk through. The trail is easy and well-kept. The only downside is the crowds of people. You will be super lucky if...More

Thank Christopher T
Reviewed 6 days ago

Did the walk from the carpark to the viewing area at the bottom of the glacier - great views. I recommend a hat and water as the second half of the walk is predominately in the sun. Free to do this walk. We also did...More

Thank Nigel Y
Reviewed 6 days ago

You can spend lots (and for a large family it is LOTS) of money on a helicopter ride or airplane ride on/over the Franz Josef Glacier, but this hike is so much better. Park your car at the end of the road and begin the...More

Thank Mitchell O
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sad thing about the glacier is the way it's retreating, which makes the walk to it longer ! However it's worth the effort to witness the splendour, and calm in the surrounding area.

Thank Ken W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don’t need to spend the money to fly up or take a guided tour. You can enjoy Franz just as much from taking one of the many walks in the area to view it. It’s a wonderful sight and worth the time to get...More

1  Thank Jason R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OMG this flight was absolutely breath-taking. We had perfect conditions which made it even more spectacular. The pilot landed on top of Fox Glacier where we got out & had photos taken. Not everyday you get to stand on the top of a 13km long...More

Thank charlie572
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time to see a glacier - this is quite a walk from the carpark, so we went halfway. The terrain can be quite tough, so do expect to use quite a great deal of energy trekking up to the glacier. The glacier has receded...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice walk up to the glacier. About 4km back and forth. Waterfall along the way. Makes for nice photos. Recommended.

Thank YiPin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unsure why everyone raves about this glacier. I was expecting grand things, but after the 50 min or so hike along the trail (good quality trail), it was just some muddy snow in the crevasse of the mountains. The scenery along the way is not...More

Thank Stace K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in this town, a really nice place and good atmosphere. Unfortunate is that also when you walk in nature there almost continuous helicopter noise which dominates the environment. The cannot hear the birds anymore. A good place to take a helicopter...More

Thank Paul M
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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 PuneTraveler_12 | Reviewed this property |
If you want to walk on Ice, only way is to take a Helicopter ride either only the Landing or if you are fit enough Heli-hike. If you walk, then you can go up to say 300 to 500 meters from Ice. If you ask me, rather than a... More