Franz Josef Glacier

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  • Address: 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7859, New Zealand
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, View Point, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Adventure

About Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier

A ‘gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glacier’ – that’s how Franz Josef Glacier is always defined. Adjectives like magnificent, glorious, splendid falls short when it comes in defining this glacier.  And a sight of this beautiful glacier will convince you that it is indeed the most impressive place you will ever find all around the world.

If you wish to explore the eternal beauty of this glacier, you need to do few hardworks. You can either opt for guided ice walk or hiking tour to experience this thrilling adventure. Else, aerial tours are also available to admire the glacier from few thousandfeet above the ground. So, as mentioned before about the hard work, it will definitely pay off when you reach your destination.

Apart from these adventurous tours, there are few other tourist spots located close to the glacier. One such popular place is Franz Josef Glacier Village where you can stay by explore this world heritage site.

Franz Josef Glacier Information

  • Wear sturdy shoes as you need to walk a lot.
  • Bring all the necessary equipment to walk on the glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Ticket Prices

  • Entry is free.

Franz Josef Glacier Opening and Closing Hours

  • Early morning hours are the best time to visit the glacier.

How To reach Franz Josef Glacier by Public Transport

  • By helicopter

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Things to Know Before Visiting Franz Josef Glacier

  • 95% of people who visit Franz Josef Glacier include Franz Josef Glacier in their plan

  • 59.23% of people start their Franz Josef Glacier visit around 05 AM - 06 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Franz Josef Glacier

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

89.28% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Franz Josef Glacier

People normally club together Tatare Tunnels Walk and West Coast Wildlife Centre while planning their visit to Franz Josef Glacier.

People also prefer to start their day with Franz Josef Glacier.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier Reviews

  • Definitely expensive for a family, but as a single guy traveling alone it was well worth every penny. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining (Lawrence) and the helicopter trip was a blast. I think this is a must-do experience for those mature enough to appreciate it. And bring your camera! You will have amazing views of blue ice.

  • The trip was fantastic. I had to wait for 5 days because of the weather, but it was worth it. The employees were very friendly and it was nice to unwind in the hot pools after being up on the glacier.

  • Had a wonderful heli hike which takes us through hiking on the glacier itself. The only way to safely reach the glacier is through a helicopter these days. They're friendly and professional throughout. The waterproof jacket, over trousers and boots provided are of good quality as well. There is also complimentary entry to the hot pool after the hike.

  • Great experience. I did the guided valley walk up to the glacier and all I can say is wow. The views were fantastic and our guide Hamish was full of great info about the local flora, fauna and geography. Bring snacks though because it's a bit of a trek up to the glacier itself (well as far as they'll let you go!)

  • Absolutely amazing experience. The walk along the glacier is incredible and the helicopter ride is fun too. The guides are really professional and make sure you are safe at all times. Eat beforehand because there isn't much time to stop for a snack up there if you take your own food.

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