"Franz Josef Glacier" West Coast, South Island. Tip by iandsmith

West Coast, South Island., New Zealand: 20 reviews and 33 photos

  Awesome, the bridge before
by iandsmith

You can walk to and walk on this glacier. It is not recommended, forbidden even, that you walk into it! I was reminded of this while having my photo taken IN IT. Ah well, been there, done that.
One of the sad things about visiting here is the visual evidence of warming, or receding glaciers. There are markers from years gone past that indicate just how far back it has gone but it's not a recent phenomenon as these signs go back over 100 years.

Directions: To get there you have to leave Route 6 and go a couple of kms before you park and walk about 3/4hr (depending on how far it has advanced/receded). This bridge is part of the trip.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 28, 2006
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