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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  • Return walk from the car park took between 1 and 1.5 hours. Fairly easy walk passing some waterfalls ending with a nice view of the glacier. Nice to see the way the glacier has carved out the valley a...  more »
  • We arrived later in the afternoon, we had time to hike out to the furthest viewing point and back in daylight but got to see the changes in hues on the rocks and avoid the crowds. We even got to see s...  more »
  • We were due to go closer by helicopter however the cloud was low and they could not fly. So we drove to the park. Good views of the glacier especially since the clouds disappeared and the helicopters ...  more »