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Things to do in Franz Josef New Zealand - Heli Hike - Glacier Activities
Visit the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand's two famous West Coast glaciers, where the temperate climate and low altitude make the glacier accessible and convenient to visit.
From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland’s National Park, from a height of 2700m above sea level to only 240m in as little as 11 km, making it the worlds steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier.
The glacier is 5km from the town of the same name, and a 20 minute walk will take you to its terminal face. From the glacier car park, you can hike to a choice of lookout points for a bigger view of this awesome river of ice. If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a guided ice walk or a heli-hike. Aerial sightseeing is another option.
In the town you’ll find plenty of places to stay and eat. Or experience the hot pools - nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini (The West Coast) or enjoying one of its many attractions.
Glacier Walks - Fox Glacier Guiding
Enjoy a breathtaking guided glacier walk or heli hike onto the world famous Fox Glacier with New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company.
Boat Cruise - Glacier Country Scenic Lake Tours
Cruise Lake Mapourika & enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountains & glaciers as well as some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforests.
Franz Josef Day Tour
Travel from the breathtaking Franz Josef and head along the West Coast to the adventure packed town of Queenstown on a one day sightseeing tour.
Glacier Walks - Glacier Guides
Franz Josef Glacier is the worlds steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier. Chose from the valley walk & the world famous heli hike.
Heli Hike - Franz Helicopter Line
Scenic helicopter flight over the glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine, alpine environment.
Heli Ice Climbing - Glacier Guides
Full day ice climbing tours for adventurous travellers. No experience required. Franz Josef is the most spectacular commercially guided glacier in NZ
Helicopter Flights - Franz Helicopter Line
The rugged west coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea & the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular helicopter flights from Franz Josef & Fox.
Hot Pools & Day Spa - Glacier Hot Pools
Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity & the perfect way to relax & unwind. Private hot pools & massage.
Jet Boat - Waiatoto River Safari
Head off the beaten track and join us on a jet boat adventure in Haast. Experience ancient beech forests and the Waiatoto River.
Kayaking - Glacier Kayak Tours
Our inspiring kayak tour offers a unique experience where you will paddle through a protected habitat with panoramic views of the glaciers & mountains
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