Vacations to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

The impressive Franz Joseph Glacier is an imposing spectacle. It’s part of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the west coast of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island. Together with Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier descends from the Southern Alps into temperate rainforest. It’s an icy wonder of crevasses and ice grottoes that you can explore on a heli-hike – descending onto the glacier by helicopter, and then walking on the surface. You’ll go equipped with ice axes and crampons to help you make your journey safely over the glacier, where you’ll spot icefalls, blue-hued grottoes and deep ravines. 

Aside from walking on the glacier itself, there are several hiking trails around the area that guide you to some outstanding beauty spots. Those looking for something challenging might want to embark on the Roberts Point Track, a long hike with unrivalled views of Franz Josef Glacier and an exciting walk over a long suspension bridge. Families (or those just looking for something more easy-going) will enjoy the Terrace Walk through the Glacier Region’s rainforest. And if you go at dusk, you’ll see the eerie glow worms.  

The friendly town of the same name serves the glacier’s visitors. There’s also a wildlife center there, and glacier hot pools that are nestled in the rainforest. It’s the ideal place to soothe achy limbs from arduous glacier explorations. Nearby, you can kayak on Lake Mapourika, or try stand-up paddle boarding. 

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After a flying visit out to see friends many years ago, New Zealand has well and truly captured my heart and will forever be my spiritual home. I have since spent over a year living and working in various locations across the country, including the incredible and remote Stewart Island. The adventurous and charming locals, unbelievable vistas, world class wine and unique and fascinating wildlife keep me making the journey back out year after year. You really do have to see it for yourself!

Franz Josef Glacier Trip Ideas

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Map of Franz Josef Glacier