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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  • Great experience. Do the Heli Hike with the Helicopter Line. Very cool to go walk around on a glacier.  more »
  • The 1 1/2 hour walk from the carpark to the glacier is an enjoyable as seeing the glacier itself. This work of nature is impressive. A river of ice hanging high up the valley. But the face of the glac...  more »
  • It is a glacier on the West coast of the South Island NZ. Quite near the sea and temperate glaciers are located is a painting surprise. I hope to explore together there near the Fox glacier. Various tours including a helitours can join in.
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