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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  • Definitely try this waking track when you are in Franz Josef! Easy walk to see beautiful Glacier. Huge difference from 2008 but still worth it.  more »
  • Well worth the journey. Breathtaking spectacular view. Easy access. Good car parking. Beautiful on a fine day  more »
  • Amazing place!!!! Too glad to visit. Ice caves were too good. One does not need to be a winter sports enthusiast to be able to do this with guides. You do need to be less than a certain body weight to...  more »