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Franz Josef Glacier

State Highway 6 | Main Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Perhaps I fail to grasp the attraction of this attraction... to me the glacier looked like a big lump of snow and ice with gravel on it, in the valley between a couple of mountains. The walk to the glacier was nice as was the scenery but I personally wouldn't be rushing back to see the glacier again. The Fox... More

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Perugia, Italy
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27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We did the walk after a drive from Wanaka and the walk to Fox Glacier. It's an easy walk. Landscape is beautiful. Some waterfalls along the way. Glacier is quite impressive. Did not take the helicopter tour. Not appealing to us, we have seen many glaciers before (walked, hiked, skied, sailed around) such as Marmolada, Plateau Rosa, Monte Bianco, Valsenales... More

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Chile
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We didn't do the helicopter ride, as it wasn't in our budget, but we did go up to the carpark by bike on the beautifully lush trail. The walk from the carpark to the glacier was nice, but you can't see too much of the glacier upon arrival. Too bad for the people who can't do the helicopter ride. The... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Franz Josef glacier was one of the highlights of our trip! We did the heli/hike excursion and it was amazing. The views are breathtaking! I would highly suggest this activity to everyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My partner and I did the adventurer trip to the glacier. After reading some of the negative reviews, I was a little nervous as my partner is fairly impatient. This trip turned out to be the absolute highlight of our stay in NZ. There are no words to describe how truly memorable this was. Perfect day and snowed when we... More

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Hobart, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The staff down in town are absolutely superb, the chopper pilots incredibly professional and skilled, which makes for a wonderful and scenic lift up onto the glacier. However, the highlight is getting onto the glacier with your guide. Our guide was superb, her glacial knowledge, her professionalism and her customer service was fantastic. This was an absolute highlight of a... More

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Boring Trek, just standing in line for ages :( I felt like I was in line at Disneyland, but with no payoff of excitement. We weren't allowed to run on the ice at all and there were no crevasses. I had to wait standing still for the group to go ahead 30 meters just so I could run a little... More

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We decided to be cheap skates and just do the walk up to Franz Josef Glacier. It was about a 45min walk there and back, around 1.5km. And the view is pretty poor. I would recommend doing Fox Glacier out of them both as you are able to walk up close to the glacier and get some amazing photos, plus... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Its really mesmerizing and spiritual to be flying near the snow capped mountains and glaciers. Can't say more. This is one of the trips of my life time.

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Yet another Sport highlight in NZ. Glacier hiking. From the sunny town nearby, helicopter onto the glacier. spikes on, walk for about an hour on top of it in a group of about 20 people(grandmothers included in group). cool place, and there are some extra sights along the way such as climbing through a naturally-formed ice-cave..

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