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Franz Josef Glacier

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Address: | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: 6437520763
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
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Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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Unfortunately our booked trip was cancelled because of bad weather. The next morning we were taken on a shortened trip which we were very happy with. The pilot was very friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unfortunately our booked trip was cancelled because of bad weather. The next morning we were taken on a shortened trip which we were very happy with. The pilot was very friendly. The sights were amazing and we managed to get to walk on the Glacier. We would recommend this attraction

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The 45 to 60 minutes walk each way is recommended first on a pethway cut thru the forest then beside the river on rougher terrain. It's a pity that the glacier has receded so much and the only safe way to get on the ice is by helicopter. It's is still however a great trek and impressive sight. Go early... More 

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Klang, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The view of the glacier is spectacular and the 90 minutes hike prove to be well worth it. We actually hike the route twice. The hike is not strenuous and highly recommended for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved the glacier heli hike. The guide was good. Prep-talks were perfect. All equipment needed is provided for and in good shape and clean. Best way to have a great trip and see the glacier up close.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the guided valley walk to Franz Josef Glacier and I'm glad that I chose not to make my own way, otherwise I would not have learned so much about the Glacier and the local geology, flora and fauna. Nor would I have appreciated what I was seeing, particularly when I saw packed ice melting from beneath recent rock slippage.... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were blessed with fantastic weather for the Ice Explorer excursion on the Franz Josef Glacier. Our guide Bexs was knowledgable, experienced, and lots of fun, and we got the most out of our 3 hours on the ice. The tour is slow-paced, which in some ways was a little frustrating - I would have liked to go a little... More 

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Cambridge, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the ice explorer which was amazing. The check in was quick and the safety briefing was very thorough. The helicopter ride up to the glacier was a lot of fun. Once on the glacier it was a spectacular hike up and around various spots on the glacier. The pace was good for a couple of 50 plus year... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A easily accessible place by car. A spectacular view of a big glacier. A educational photo history of the glacier. It shows how the glacier recede a few miles during the last few hundred years, but how it has come back and progressed about a half mile in the last 50 years. This is completely contrary to the current popular... More 

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Douglaston, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the long walk to see the glacier. Long walk over rough terrain to reach the end. Several small inclines had to be reached and some were a little scary. Wear hiking boots or sneakers with good traction. After 1.5 hour (round trip), the exercise of the day. But glad we did it.

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Changwon, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I did a glacier tour in the summer of 2015. The guides were helpful and they know everything about glaciers! I always felt safe even when we were squeezing between ice floes and crawling through ice tunnels! It was an amazing experience!

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