Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef

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Must see · World heritage site · Geologic Formation · Landmark
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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  • What we came to see. Unable to get closer because of a slip. DOC do an amazing job of the paths and informative signage thank you 🤩  more »
  • Book helicopter flights before you travel. Travel agent should have been aware that the walk to Franz Joseph Glacier washed away in January 2020, and the river bed that one is meant to walk across to....  more »
  • Went on a Helicopter Snow landing ride, this was the most exhilarating experience. We had perfect weather with a great pilot Greg. We got to see Franz Josef & Fox Glacier. It was honestly Magical...  more »
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  • Great! Nice walk, please take appropriate shoes, and protect the nature.
  • One of the better areas of earth.
  • Outstanding experience. Brilliantly organised and presented by the company.
  • What a beautiful place Be sure not to wear levis if you plan on hiking on the glacier
  • Great but fast shrinking glacier. It is impressive how much you can witness the influence of human on the raising temperatures. Very well documented along the hike to the glacier.

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