Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is located among lush rain forests in the South Island of New Zealand. Along with Fox Glacier (24km south of Franz Josef Glacier), it is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. So accessible in fact, that there is a car park a short distance from the glacier. There are also guided walks onto the glacier itself.

The township of Franz Josef is close by and consists mainly of tourism related utilities.

Apart from Franz Josef’s tourism activities, this area has remained relatively untouched by humans.
You can see Franz Josef Glacier after about a 10 minute walk from the car park.

Walking to Franz Joseph Glacier
The guided glacier walk begins from the carpark, then makes its way across the stoney valley onto the glacier.

Walking through an ice tunnel
Once on the glacier, step through ice tunnels.

Climbing into a crevasse
Climb your way into crevasses.

Squeezing through a crevasse
Then squeeze your way through crevasses.

Walking through an ice tunnel
Check out the different shapes of the ice.

View from Franz Josef Glacier
And check out the view from the glacier.

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