Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef

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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. To visit Franz Josef Glacier on your trip to Franz Josef, use our Franz Josef travel itinerary maker.
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  • We hiked to it; we flew to it; we viewed it from the water. It is so interesting to learn about the science and history of it. Everyone who led groups knows a lot about it! It was an impressive part o...  more »
  • One of a must be places to visit on the west coast. Its a slight hour or so walk to the top but its worth it. However a few days after they have closed the track leading to it. 
  • Absolutely pristine landscape unlike any other anywhere else in the world. The word beautiful isn't enough to describe the glacier especially if you do the glacier valley walk and look up at the glaci...  more »