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Is it worth going to the Franz Josef Glacier?

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Is it worth going to the Franz Josef Glacier?

Hi there,

We are going to be in New Zealand for the first three weeks of of Nov. We have 1 week on the north and two weeks on the south island.

With this short time scale, is it worth going to the Franz Joesf Glacier as i have heard the weather can be very changable. Also we will be driving from Kaikoura, so not too sure weather it will be a misues of two days of a short holiday.

Any advice would be much appreciated


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1. Re: Is it worth going to the Franz Josef Glacier?

November the weather is much more settled, than september spring rains.

check my post from early july




I have also added some photos on Flickr


fox Glacier hike follows up beside the glacier in the rain (temerate)forest. then you access the glacier in safety away from the terminal face

Kaikora to franz, consider stopping a night at Hanmer Spring, have a soak in the hot pools. It is too far to drive in one day otherwise

have an awesome holiday

i hope that helps

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