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Franz Josef

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Franz Josef
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By car

  • It is about a thirty minute trip from Fox Glacier.
  • It is about a three hour trip from Greymouth.
  • Its about a four and a half hour trip from Wanaka.
  • Its about a six hour drive from Christchurch

By bus

Tour buses generally make Franz Josef one of their stops, either for the night or at least a lunch break. Alternatively, for a really cheap option,

 By air

Franz Josef Airport is really only suitable for light aircraft. Mind you, Mount Cook Airport is just on the other of the mountains, and a scenic flightseeing trip can often be arranged at short notice.

Key places to visit
Franz Josef Glacier, Take an unguided tri, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Whataroa & Perth Rivers, Enjoy relaxing in the newly built hot pools


Places to Visit

Franz Josef Glacier, The 12 km long Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, a remnant from the Ice Age which is one of South Westland's major drawcards for visitors.

Take an unguided trip. Do not pass the warning barriers at the Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides, offer a range of trips taking visitors up on the majestic Franz Josef Glacier. From Valley Walks, half and full day options to ice climbing and heli hiking, there is a trip to suit every ability. Franz Josef Glacier Guides is the only operator permited to guide on the Franz Josef Glacier.

Whataroa & Perth Rivers. 20 minutes north of Franz Josef are two of the best one-day whitewater rafting runs anywhere on the planet. Total wilderness experience, awesome Class IV & V rapids, and stunning scenery. Accessible by helicopter only.

Enjoy relaxing in the newly built hot pools fed with pure glacier water. You can also book a massage after a long day exploring the Glacier.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December


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