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Address: | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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Great hike for families with children (6 & 9)

Absolutely stunning! Took this hike with my 9 and 6 year old and we all did great. Suggest bringing water for the hike and wear a rain jacket... weather in the valley changes FAST!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This glacier has receded back a lot over the past 10 years or so and theres not much of it left in comparison to what it once was. The walking trail was good and it was a nice walk, but I was somewhat disappointed in the glacier itself and it's just not very impressive because all there is to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Absolutely stunning! Took this hike with my 9 and 6 year old and we all did great. Suggest bringing water for the hike and wear a rain jacket... weather in the valley changes FAST!

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Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

There was only one review for this track and I was too stubborn to listen to that one so I still went on the track myself. So..trust me, this is a quite challenging and sometimes dangerous trek though for some reason the lady at I-site told me this is an fair easy one. You have to either walk from Douglus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

loved every minute of the tour of this glacier, absolutely hate flying but the views from the helicopter were more than enough to make me forget about it! One of my favourite things that i did in new zealand

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is an expensive trip but so worth it! It is amazing. The staff are very professional and look after you. The helicopter ride is fantastic and then you are on a glacier. Such a unreal experience. Thank you!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The 2 hour walk was really fun for my and my siblings, as we were playing around with the streams and rocks. If you're there to see a magnificent glacier, you may be disappointed and you can only see it from far away. When the clouds are low, you may not see anything at all. Still, it's a nice walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Must visit this place, take the heli hike and they flight you by helicopter, after that you have a relax walk and returning you can enjoy the hot pools. Great experience

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Took a helicopter ride up to the glacier which was breathtaking! Helicopter landed on the snow, highly recommend!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We walked to Franz Josef Glacier from the car park. It is a lovely walk but there are some steep up hill sections and it is approx. 45 minutes to the Glacier viewpoint.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the glacier from Franz Jozef by foot. The walk there was nice but the glacier had almost melted down so it was not really worth going there.

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Address: | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Franz Josef
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

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