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

Franz Josef

Visit Franz Josef


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.

Top itineraries in Franz Josef

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,975 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.

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £3,900 pp incl. flights

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,125 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.

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,545 pp incl. flights

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

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Top places to stay in Franz Josef

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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