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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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Experience of a lifetime!

We did the Ice Explorer helicopter flight and glacier hike with Franz Josef Glacier Guides in mid April. We were very lucky with the weather and spent an amazing 3.5 hours on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We did the Ice Explorer helicopter flight and glacier hike with Franz Josef Glacier Guides in mid April. We were very lucky with the weather and spent an amazing 3.5 hours on the ice. The heli ride was only 5 mins each way but still gave amazing views, and added to the experience for our 12 and 14 year olds.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Its amazing how fast this thing is disappearing, get there asap and do it! We booked a hike and helicopter ride with a local vendor and it was the highlight of our south island adventure. Thorouhly enjoyed ourselves.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The trip we went for had everything! Facts about the glacier, a helicopter ride, incredible views and a great trek through the ice with a helpful guide. We took some amazing photos we will treasure forever.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is the perfect walk for families 90% on level ground, I did see some strollers but it looked like hard work. You walk out to the face of the glacier but not get to near it, very interesting (scary) to see how far it has retreated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We were so lucky with our trip to Franz Joseph it poured with rain the day we arrived but hey its the rain forest........luckily the sky cleared the next morning and we had an amazing trip in the helicopter over and landing on the glacier ......a must even if you skimp on everything else

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

At 61 and a twisted ankle to begin with, I know this would be challenging.I booked with the Heli Hike tour and it was a workout! They prepare you with coats, waterproof pants and crampons for the boots they give you too. The copter took us up to the glacier 5 at a time until our whole group arrived. The... More 

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Dubbo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Arrived by coach in late afternoon and was taken to the car park for the walk to the Glacier. It is quite a distance and I must admit took longer than expected. Probably a couple of hours round trip. Great to see the Glacier up close but was a little dark on the way back to the car park. Give... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk is a 1.5 hrs round trip easy walk. Bring lots of water with you. The scenery en-route is great, and you'll get to see many waterfalls. The glacier itself at the end, was not breathtaking though. Perhaps a helicopter ride up the glaciers might provide a better view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

if you are walking/ trekking to along the glacier path... its at a distance. Its a pleasant walk but if you can maybe its better you take the helicopter ride to it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Did a helicopter flight with Glacier Helicopters. Had magnificant weather. Best for weeks. Pilot gave us a great , informative talk. Wonderful to stand on a glacier.

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