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Franz Josef Glacier

Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0360
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“viewing point” (49 reviews)
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Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0360
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

Well worth seeing - it's worth taking a flight up over it as you get so close and see the crevices and cracks and it's beautiful blue colour . Really enjoyed this , not something you can do every day!

Thank Brandylady
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Although we did not climb the track to the glacier we visited the lower viewing sight. The glazier was clear and there was a car park at the end to stop. The glazier was very white compare to the Fox glazier.

Thank Beverley B
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Go for the walk till the water fall and creek with the wooden bridge, that place has the best views. walk further only if you are keen.

Thank Suneesh_anand
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Went to see the glacier 3 miles (5k) from town and then from the parking there was nearly a mile (1.5k) to walk along a gravel path top a viewpoint. Due to the drizzle & murk there was alas nothing really to see

Thank phshanks
Reviewed November 20, 2016

The 3 hour heli glacier hike trip was a highlight of the trip. I am a senior and found the walk quite easy to do assuming you have good ankles and balance. Our guide was extremely informative and the walk took us to interesting features....More

Thank avey
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

This was an eye opening experience we would recommend for all. Despite some mild weather, the scenes were extraordinary! Our guide Nathan must be praised for his enthusiasm and knowledge! We had s great time. Only disappointment was not having time for the hot pools.

Thank Tian W
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

It was a very rainy day during our visit to the Franz Josef glacier. We only went as far as the Overlook where you can see the very base of the glacier in the distance. Well-maintained trails throughout.

1  Thank Jimmy P
Reviewed November 19, 2016

We were very fortunate with the weather and decided to walk on our own. We went to the Blue pool for the reflection of Franz Joseph then back to the car park and another 20 min walk to a viewpoint with river and mountains behind...More

Thank screennamechalky
Reviewed November 19, 2016

Did the walk to the viewpoint of the glacier before turning back due to the rain and time shortage, the Franz Josef Glacier definitely looked imposing and is extremely gorgeous.

Thank Vignes C
Reviewed November 15, 2016

A quick drive from town will get you to the parking lot before entering the park. Sadly we did not make it to the Glacier but we did walk to the rock and the pool nearby.

Thank Dan G
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Kelsey Z
November 18, 2017|
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Response from Conanthelibrarian5 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on what you mean by “explore”. We drove our rental car to the car park and hiked on the well marked pathways over the moraines to the observation point overlooking the face of the Glacier. It was sufficient for... More
November 2, 2017|
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Response from Alwin L | Reviewed this property |
Dear michelle, You can go with any of the tour groups there. Their prices are somewhat the same. However, some of them have discounts with the holiday park u are staying in. Do ask for discount at the counter of the holiday... More
Ritu D
October 26, 2017|
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Response from Shayne250978 | Reviewed this property |
These tours have stopped due the glacier breaking off so they have stopped the half day ones and you can only now get onto the glacier by doing the helicopter tour