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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  • Franz Josef is actually a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Whataroa is 32 kms. to the north-east, and the township of Fox Glacier is 23 kms. to the south-west. I...  more »
  • This was an easy hike in to a great view of the glacier. Would recommend going early before the tour buses arrive. Plus the sun was beautiful on the glacier. Pick a day when the mountains are not sock...  more »
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