Dancing on ice in the sub-tropical jungle: hiking on Franz Josef Glacier (with video)
When you’re driving along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island and you have just enough time to do one big thing, make it hiking on Franz Josef Glacier with a guided glacier tour.
The Franz Josef Glacier is also known as Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Maori and is situated in the Westland National Park. You can take guided tours of varying lengths on the glacier and get to see crevasses, waterfalls, stunning views and the occasional alpine parrot, the kea.
Hiking on Franz Josef Glacier: an interview with a glacier guide
Come to join me on my half-day guided glacier tour, watch the interview with our guide Kevin and see for yourself what awaits on fantastic Franz Josef!
Franz Josef Glacier is one of the definite highlights of the West Coast, perched between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. It’s one of the world’s three sub-tropical glaciers – it’s so close to sea level that it’s surrounded by rainforest!
You can walk up to see the terminal face of the glacier without a tour guide by taking the path up to the safety barrier from the car park 5km outside of Franz Josef township. However, to get anywhere near it and onto the actual ice you need to join a guided tour, and as you can see from the video, it’s definitely worth it!
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