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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  • We walked early in the morning through a nice and alternating path to the viewpoint towards the glacier. You start with a nice 15 minutes hike through the woods, to the first viewpoint. You can see the glacier from here. Some hikers take a picture and turn around here. We walked along a narrow path that brings you to a waterfall. Then the walk along the pebbled riverbed becomes a bit more lively. The view of the glacier is beautiful. You can clearly see the deep blue colours. It also saddens, because the ice mass is, like Fox, doing a quick withdrawal.
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  • We walked the track which with the wife in a moon-boot was no mean feat. At intervals information panels let you know where the glacier extended to at given points of time. On the reverse suggestion o...  more »
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