Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef

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Must see · World heritage site · Geologic Formation · Landmark
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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  • Arrived with heavy showers but the short walk to the viewing area was lovely. Showers cleared for some photos. It has been 14 years since I have seen the glacier and it has certainly receded in that.....  more »
  • The longer trail was closed when we visited there but the short walk is wonderfully scenic and not too much for a family with small children to do.  more »
  • Great! Nice walk, please take appropriate shoes, and protect the nature.
  • One of the better areas of earth.

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