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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  • Did the walk from the carpark to the viewing area at the bottom of the glacier - great views. I recommend a hat and water as the second half of the walk is predominately in the sun. Free to do this wa...  more »
  • You can spend lots (and for a large family it is LOTS) of money on a helicopter ride or airplane ride on/over the Franz Josef Glacier, but this hike is so much better. Park your car at the end of the ...  more »
  • The sad thing about the glacier is the way it's retreating, which makes the walk to it longer ! However it's worth the effort to witness the splendour, and calm in the surrounding area.  more »

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With the increasing popularity of the glacier among vacationers, the town of Franz Josef offers a range of accommodations to suit the needs of its many visitors. Hostels are popular in the town center, but those looking for something more upscale will also find luxury hotels. Camping is a good option if you want to get straight out into the wild. Advanced reservations are essential during peak times.
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