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Welcome to Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island is where you'll find the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. These two massive glaciers are located just 12 miles (20 kilometers) apart and draw adventure travelers from all over the world. Helicopter flights allow visitors to see these mighty bodies of ice from above, while trekking tours take groups right up to the terminal face of both glaciers. For the best of both worlds, choose a heli-hiking tour or a flight with a snow landing. Nearby Lake Mapourika is also a popular spot for kayaking and riverboat tours for those looking to explore more of the area.

Top 4 attractions in Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

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One of New Zealand’s most photographed natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Franz Josef Glacier serves up a dazzling landscape of snow-smothered peaks, rocky gorges, and icy waterfalls, feeding into the Waiho River that's ripe for exploration.More
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

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Not only is 8-mile-long (13-kilometer-long) Fox Glacier New Zealand’s longest glacier, it’s also one of the most accessible and fastest-moving glaciers in the world, traveling 10 times the speed of other ice fields. The glacier constantly shifts as it advances, creating spectacular scenes of ice cliffs and crevasses.More
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West Coast Wildlife Centre

West Coast Wildlife Centre

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One of the largest kiwi hatching facilities in the South Island, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is a must-do for visitors of all ages. Go to learn all about New Zealand’s native birds and other animals. You’ll also have the chance to see some kiwis, rarely encountered in the wild, and tuataras, an ancient New Zealand lizard species.More
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Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

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Whether you’ve finished the hike to Alex Knob and back or you’ve just traveled to New Zealand’s West Coast for rest and relaxation, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools—situated within a local rain forest—offer a scenic way to recharge. Kick back in the one of three public pools or book a private pool for your group.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

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kyren2019, Aug 2019
Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
This is an absolute must-do in Franz Josef, without a doubt the best way to see the glacier.
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Andy was an excellent guide and was...
Linda Y, Apr 2018
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
It was amazing to see Franz Josef Glacier in this way.
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Once in a lifetime experience!
Jessica, Feb 2020
Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Amazing tour to see the Franz Josef glacier!
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Winter is a better time for heli-hike
Travel61012320345, Jun 2019
Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike
The view at the glacier is much better in winter (you can see the snowy mountains only in winter).
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This was a beautiful, relaxing and...
Belinda K, Dec 2015
Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
While not high on the 'adrenalin junkie' list, this is a must do activity for anyone visiting Franz Josef wishing to see the amazing scenery.
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Really enjoyed hiking on the Glacier...
Holly P, Aug 2014
Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
I'm glad we chose to walk with the faster group so we got to see more of the Glacier, our guide was fantastic and very interesting, knew what he was talking about and had many stories to tell.
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Simply a must do when in Franz Josef...
Martin N, Jan 2014
Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike
We went during summer so didn't need many extra layers, most on the tour had to take off the gore-tex jackets.
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The helicopter flight is absolutely a...
Marimel A, Apr 2008
Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight
We would love to visit again someday with family and friends and enjoy more of it's spectacular and breathtaking sceneries!
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We spent 3 weeks traveling around...
Ross M, Oct 2012
Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Whilst at Fox they had a path marked out with stones and you were only able to see what they had planned.
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