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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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Tours to Franz Josef Glacier
$257 BOOK WITH VIATOR Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
Duration: 30 minutes
Franz Josef Glacier reviews
The road is good no problems. A part of the Glacier is in view of the car park however you are able to walk towards the Glacier more »
Lots to do in Franz Josef - we did kayaking, a Heli Hike and Quad bikes - all in two days! Come and see the glacier before it's all gone... more »
The glacier is disappearing at an alarming rate. Access to the base of the glacier is no longer possible, but a reasonable view is available from the end of a well maintained track. more »
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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