Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef

4.5
#1 of 175 in Trails in South Island
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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  • Superb wee town. Arguably the prettiest part of the West Coast. Everyone had the A-game face on in town during School Holidays. Brilliant! Support them because it will be quiet and so much to do if.....  more »
  • Very nice walk for people of all ages... you can see the glacier in distance, even on a raining day, it can be a very educational walk.  more »
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  • Great! Nice walk, please take appropriate shoes, and protect the nature.
  • One of the better areas of earth.

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