Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef

4.5
#1 of 175 in Trails in South Island
Explore one of New Zealand's natural gems with a trek or helicopter ride at Franz Josef Glacier, part of a national park and World Heritage Site. The country's native inhabitants called this 12 km (7.5 mi) glacier "Tears of the Avalanche Girl," believing a young girl's tears over a lost lover froze into the massive sheet of ice. Europeans first investigated the site in the 1860s, when explorer Julius Haast named it after the Austrian emperor. An ideal spot for an outdoor New Zealand adventure, the glacier offers a range of hiking tours suitable for all levels of ability and fitness. To see the glacier from the air, consider a helicopter tour over the frozen mountain landscape. Check the website for deals on tour packages. Add Franz Josef Glacier to your Franz Josef travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Franz Josef online holiday planner.
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Franz Josef Glacier Reviews

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  • We were told this is the must do activity in this area, sadly we couldn't get too close to the glacier due to a river surge & flooding. The I-Site assistant told us the track was flat - but it's not.....  more »
  • Unfortunately during autumn (May, June), the weather wasn't that forgiving, and it rained throughout the 2 days we were in the region. Entries to both glaciers were closed, but thankfully the...  more »
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  • Great! Nice walk, please take appropriate shoes, and protect the nature.
  • One of the better areas of earth.

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