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Franz Josef Glacier

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Address: State Highway 6 | Main Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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Very cool hike

The Glacier is right outside of town so it's very easy to get to. It's so sad to see how small the Glacier is getting but the hike to get there is pretty cool. Lots of waterfalls... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Glacier is right outside of town so it's very easy to get to. It's so sad to see how small the Glacier is getting but the hike to get there is pretty cool. Lots of waterfalls and just beautiful scenery to take in. It will probably take about 1.5 hours round trip with stops for taking pictures. You will... More 

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Muskegon, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is the only place in the world you will find a glacier in the middle of a rain forest. We thought it was beautiful and we hiked to the glacier.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A walk up a hill will take you to the top viewing platform. This has the best view. We were lucky , it was a sunny day and the colours changed from white to an icy blue as the sun moved around on the glacier. Having seen photos from my sisters visit many years ago, this is getting smaller .... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We first visited close to the base by walking beside the very scenic riverbed. After about 30 minutes evening walk from the car park the glacier still seemed quite high up on the mountain. Next morning we took the helicopter trip to the top - What a wonderful sight!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The glacier can be reached via the Hwy 6 South. South of Franz Joseph Village, cross the Waiho River Bridge and turn left up Glacier Rd. Drive 4 km further to the car park. First we did the Sentinel Rock hike, a 10' climb to a magnificent lookout and view of FJ glacier. Then we did the FJ glacier valley... More 

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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Heli hike takes you up to the Glacier in a Helicopter for a 2 hour hike exploring the features of the Glacier. All warm clothing and crampons are provided. This is the only way to get "up close" with the Glacier and see the scale of it - - a great experience.

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Saratoga NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

First time in a helicopter- a very special experience. Our guide, Nathan, was wonderful- he obviously loves his job. Well paced and safety is ensured. We loved it!

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Took the walk up to the glacier. You should allow at least 2 hours for this. We did it in one but only because we had another event to attend. Despite the rush, the walk was very good with great views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Spent two nights in a motel in Franz Josef Glacier, having done the beautiful drive across from Blenheim - a stunning drive, thoroughly recommended. The motel was not cheap but clean and we'll set up. A ten minute drive to the glacier car park at 7.30 a.m. meant that we were pretty much alone, which was nice as apparently it... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Visiting a real glacier was a must do for me on my recent trip to NZ and Franz Josef didn't disappoint. Visually stunning, even though it is receding each year ( in 50 years time, it probably wont be there). The walk is well signed and relatively easy. Take water and your camera. You don't get that close to the... More 

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