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"Visit Franz Josef Glacier" Franz Josef Glacier Tip by AKtravelers

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand: 23 reviews and 29 photos

  Franz Josef Glacier creeps toward the rainforest
by AKtravelers

Franz Josef Glacier is one of the more impressive sights on New Zealand's west coast. This massive river of deep blue ice slides dfown from about 12000 feet almost to sea level, moving from alpine snowfield to temperate rainforest at 3-4 meters per year.
There are several ways to see the glacier. We chose to hike to Sentinal Rock to get an overall look at Franz, but we could have chosen to hike right to the base (we've seen lots of glaciers, so we didn't opt for that). We could have also picked one of many guided hikes on the glacier, but instead we opted for a helicopter flight over it and a landing at its source (see our helicopter tip and travelogue).

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  • Written Mar 12, 2006
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