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Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Experience the true beauty of nature at Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier provides a variety of experiences for the sightseers. Lively glacial atmosphere with a pleasant climate makes driving and walking easy from the main highway. The sterling Franz Josef Glacier is widely considered to be the treasure of New Zealand’s West coast Glaciers. A trip to the Franz Josef Glacier is a thrilling opportunity that offers some of the most stunning views. The glacier is near the coastline as its terminal face is sited at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level. It is also one of the sharpest glaciers of the world. The journey will take you back in time, into the age of moving ice, valley structuring, and moraine deposits., You will get to see the remarkable ice wall present near glacier boundary. The Franz Josef glacier guides assure that your journey is always safe.

Thrilling track and walk at Franz Josef Glacier

At Franz Josef Glacier, a number of short and long walks can be taken by the visitors. Alex Knob Track, Callery Gorge Walk, Canavans Knob Walk, Douglas Walk, Lake Wombat Track, Roberts Point Track, Sentinel Rock Walk, Tatare Tunnels Walk, Terrace Walk, and Cycleway, are some of the interesting tracks available. To really get in touch with glacier, and as a safer option, opt for the airborne sightseeing. It is one of the top most activities. In order to have a safe walk and to be protected from Franz Josef Glacier weather, wear a robust footwear and waterproof clothing.

Accommodation Options near Franz Glacier

You may get much more comfortable and reasonable lodges located in the nearby town as Franz Josef, New Zealand offers a big list for selection. Most of the cities and towns have 5 star boutiques, hotels, and motels. Some of the attractive and isolated spots are combined with Campout sites. A Few hotels are budget-friendly, while extremely expensive ones are also available. Whether you are on a business trip or a family tour, you have a variety of choices to stay near Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Map

Franz Josef Glacier Map

Map showing location of Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier Facts

  • Franz Josef Glacier is about 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) long.
  • It has an average elevation of 3500 meters.
  • Its current size is 35 sq km.
  • This alpine glacier has begun to retreat since 2008.
  • The coordinates of Franz Josef Glacier are 43.47 ° S, 170.19° E

Read More: Franz Josef Glacier Tour

Where is Franz Josef Glacier?

Franz Josef Glacier is situated in on the West Coast, New Zealand. It is about 5 kilometers from Franz Josef township. Located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, the glacier is located at about 374 km from the Christchurch International Airport.

Best time to visit

Winter is the best time to visit the glacier as in the summers the snow melts quickly.

Famous Attractions in New Zealand

Bay of Islands, Milford Sound, Arthur’s Pass National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, Egmont National Park, Waiotapu, Fiordland National Park, Maruia Falls, Sky Tower, and International Antarctic Centre.

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Published On: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014