Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef

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#1 of 170 in Trails in South Island
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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  • Even on a grey day with low cloud Franz Josef Glacier was an amazing, almost surreal, experience! Lot of walking involved and if quite unfit like us you think will you ever get there. The walk to the....  more »
  • If you haven’t driven a quad bike in the past try this out. The staff made pea & ham soup for us all with crusty buns out of the oven at the end because it was a cold day. I was laughing all day...  more »
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  • Great! Nice walk, please take appropriate shoes, and protect the nature.
  • One of the better areas of earth.

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