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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 #4 of 16 Attractions in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The heli-hike is good if your budget permits, particularly the flight as the scenery from the air is spectacular, and the information given on the hike helps with understanding how these gigantic ice cubes got there in the first place, and how they have helped shape NZ over the millennium. The heli-hike provided free entry to the Kiwi Centre afterwards... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

As the weather wasn't permissible for the heli-trek, I decided to walk there from the township. Luckily it didn't rain and by the time I got to the car park the sun was out and it was quite warm. In fact so warm had to remove all the thermals after the toilet stop. A bit painful as going back it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We really really wanted to go on the glacier but we had terrible weather and as we were short on time, we had only allowed for one day in franz Josef. There is only one company who does the actual tours that take you onto the glacier and as it has receded (global warming in action sadly) it can only... More

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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Godd walk for moderately fit......do it by air for a never to be forgotten experience AFTER you've done the walk.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We'd been here 10 years prior so found it to be completely different to what it was before - and a little disappointing. You now have to walk 30 mins past the original viewing point and the last part straight up is a bit of a slog. The terminal face is not as spectacular as it used to be. The... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

As a Canadian living close to the rockies, the shear size of this glacier is impressive! We took the helicopter ride to go on top of the glacier, and did some ice climbing. Doing the ice climbing allows you to spend a large portion of your day on the glacier. This was a nice introduction to ice climbing, and it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did the walk from the car park and it was great even with a 9 and 7 year old who loved jumping across the rocks to cross the river and get up close and personal with the waterfalls. We then took a helicopter flight across the glaciers and landed on the top....amazing!! Kids were running around and throwing snow... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

One of the most amazing experience I've ever had in new Zealand. A not to be missed experience. My guide, Pete was amazing. The weather was perfect and everything went well. A couple even got engaged. Truly an awesome trip that everyone should do at least once. One off the bucket list!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This was one of the highlights of my trip to the South Island. I booked the heli-hike which transports you to the middle of the glacier by helicopter (this only takes about 10 minutes). A very experienced guide then leads you on a walk through crevasses and over the ice whilst giving you lots of information and carving steps in... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Absolutely fantastic experience!! Guides and staff were friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Helicopter ride was awesome giving great views and photo ops! All gear provided with helpful instruction on how to put on clamp ons! I had zero experience but felt totally confident with our guide assisting. I was worried I wasn't fit enough to do the hike but... More

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