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. 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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  • Interesting trip to the Franz Josef glacier. Round trip hike of about 1.5 hours, and was educational and sad knowing that the beautiful glacier had retreated so much due to climate change. Would...  more »
  • it is a really easy and nice walk to see the glacier. 1.5h return if you take your time walking it and taking pictures (as the whole walk is mesmerizing) otherwise, you could do it in 1h  more »
  • The walk to the Glacier is along a maintained track for about half the walk followed by a well trodden path next to the valley moraine. Depending on when you go you'll see vegetation, cliffs...  more »
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