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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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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

we drove to the start of the glacier and then walked about 30 minutes to get closer. Great pathway and place to take photos at the glacier. There are other walks around as well which are shorter. We did not do fox glacier however were very satisfied with only doing Franz Josef. We went to an I site and the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

See it before it disappears! We were amazed at how rapidly these glaciers are receding... who can deny global warming after seeing the evidence.

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Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Nice, mostly flat walk to the viewing area. With a 7 and 9 year old it took about 90 minutes round trip. A longer walk than to Fox Glacier but it felt easier overall. Nice bathrooms at the parking area. Liked it better than Fox Glacier.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We did a short tour with Franz Josef Glacier Guides and it was fabulous. Our guide was great, the helicopter ride was fabulous and even though our trip was cut short by not insignificant amounts of rain, it was still an amazing experience that we would definitely do again!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A definite must see! We just walked up which probably took an hour round trip (fast walkers-ish!) and it is just an incredible site! Kind of wish we had done the heli-hike though so I'd say that's worth the money!

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Bendigo
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Helicopter tour of glacier was an amazing experience. We flew over Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier. Couldn't do Mt Cook as too windy. Snow landing was fun. If in Franz Josef it's a must do.. Highly recommend.

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Lugano
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35 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We took an early morning walk up to the viewing point over the Glacier. The mist lifted and we were awarded with wonderful science views of the Glacier. The views were stunning. The trip took about 2 hours return to walk from the main car park.

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singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited Franz Josef in 1998, 2011 and recent 5 Sep 2014. Sadly the glacier has been shrinking and it seems to be getting worse. I could estimate it could have shrank at least 3 km. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Didn't tell the kids how long the return journey was (about 2 hours) but they didn't grumble at all and loved the walk which is pretty easy. Weather was overcast most of the time but the sun broke out coming back. Glacier was covered in rocks that had come down from the hills but was still impressive to see.

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Brisbane, Australia
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Having never touched snow or ice before, (we had flown over the Italian And NZ Alps before, so we had seen it from a distance), we were blown away with the glacier. We went on a scenic helicopter flight and landed at the top of the glacier. We played in the snow and ice like little kids. The glacier itself... More

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