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Franz Josef Glacier. West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

Franz Josef

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Introduction

The enormous Franz Josef and Fox glaciers form the centrepiece of the Westland National Park and are two of the west coast's biggest crowd-pullers.

They are among the best examples of glaciology in the world. When the clouds are heavy they can be rather sullen landscapes, but when the sun shines the ice sparkles and guided walks and scenic flights resume.

Franz Josef, named after the Austrian emperor, is the larger of the two. Fox Glacier, named after Sir William Fox, a former prime minister of New Zealand, is no less dramatic, though the village at its base has fewer hotels and restaurants than the one at Franz Josef.

Tourists need a guide to walk or climb on either glacier, but it's a great experience to strap on crampons and make your way through arches of blue ice and across small crevasses.

 

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Top itineraries in Franz Josef

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,790 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £8,490 pp incl. flights

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Self Drive, Mt Cook, New Zealand

New Zealand Wonderland with APT

20-day escorted tour from £7,355 pp incl. flights

Discover the best New Zealand has to offer on this comprehensive and popular and fully-guided tour with APT Touring.

Aoraki Mount Cook, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand Getaway

19-day escorted tour from £5,295 pp incl. flights

This superb-value escorted tour is ideal for those looking to see all the highlights of New Zealand in the company of others, with expert guides on hand, and a comfortable hotel room at the end of each action-packed day.

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Top places to stay in Franz Josef

Te Waonui Forest Retreat aerial view, New Zealand

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Contemporary eco-accommodation

The cutting edge modernity of this luxury retreat’s architectural lines does little to take away from the stunning greenery of its rainforest setting.

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