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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  • Managed to walk from the car park to within 750m of the glacier. Great views and a surreal experience. A must do. 
  • I visited the glacier about 30 years ago and you could easily have walked to it and on it. Today you have to hike a bit and still only see it from a distance. Very sad... 
  • A must see on the South Island. Completely worth the drive and the money it costs to helicopter up to it. For safety reasons, helicopter is the only way to hike on the glacier. It's a must do!