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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is a dramatic large glacier located within Westland National Park in the South Island's West Coast and forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. The Franz Josef Glacier area has some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand located just six kilometres from the centre of the Franz Josef village. Come, See awe-inspiring remnants of the ice age cascade from snowfields to rainforest valley floors. Hop in a helicopter and have the glacial experience of a lifetime landing on the top of the glacier and exploring the crevasses and wonders of this remarkable glacier more

Franz Josef Glacier tumbles down from the tops of the white, lofty Southern Alps (the tallest in New Zealand) into the rainforest covered valley close to sea level at the astonishing rate of about 70cm per day – about 10 times faster than normal glaciers. This provides a very rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacier in a temperate environment, within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway. Franz Josef village is in a high rainfall zone with mild temperatures. Franz Josef is situated about 5 hours drive from Christchurch and the nearest notable town is Hokitika – about an hour and a half drive away.

This World Heritage region has so much more to offer than just the must-do iconic glacier. Imagine soaking in utter relaxation in the natural hot-water springs of the valley rainforest after a day flying up to, landing on, then hiking in and around the dazzling Franz Josef Glacier. New Zealand is the land of the great outdoors and true to form Franz Josef hosts many more outdoor adventures awaiting you. Expand your itinerary to include skydiving over this glorious landscape, alpine or valley rainforest hiking, bathing the in natural hot-water pools, kayaking, cycling, visiting the world renowned photographer Andris Apse’s galley, seeing the world’s rarest kiwi, touring New Zealand’s only White Heron colony, quad biking and more.

Franz Josef accommodation boasts a broad range of options, most are based in the Franz Josef village and many are built around taking advantage of the impressive views of this unspoilt region. Choose from your selection of accommodation that may including five-star luxury hotels, homely bread and breakfast accommodation, retreats set in lush rainforests, budget backpacker accommodation, outdoor camping and more options.

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    YHA FRANZ JOSEF

    Nestled into the stunning backdrop of rainforest and mountain views, YHA Franz Josef is in the centre of the township and handy to the glaciers and the West Coast. With great prices and quality accommodation, including private ensuite, multi-share and family rooms, YHA Franz Josef offers WiFi, drying room, bike storage, free sauna, parking, spacious kitchen and BBQ. Limited camp-sites.

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