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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  • Spectacular and varied walk up to the glacier viewing area. Starts in rainforest then, naturally, as you get closer to the glacier the valley changes to a starker steep sided vista with many waterfall...  more »
  • the pictures he had seen before go, the glacier was much larger, not that it isn't pretty, but he's losing and NAOs pull yourself together as other glaciers, it turns out that I was in town for the pe and, and walking a very beautiful, in a Grove fresh worth for those who like to walk, and on the way I saw other sites indicating walks seemed to be very nice , that don't have time to check
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  • We drove to the Glacier car park as due to rain and low cloud, our helicopter flight had been cancelled. My partner uses sticks to help her walk and found that the excellent paths were no problem for ...  more »