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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  • I went on 6th March with my husband. The tracking is amazing and fun with the a guide. But glacier is melting very fast. And there we can see an alpine fault line between two mountains.  more »
  • Beautiful glaciers! From afar, you can admire the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. I would recommend the Roberts Point Track.
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  • We hiked to the start of the glacier in about 45 minutes. I have to admit it was definitely an impressive glacier. When visiting New Zealand you should definitely visit this place, also to understand ...  more »
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