Free Things to Do in Franz Josef

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  • Lisa and Allan
    4 contributions
    What an experience. We did the walk out to view the glacier and although the walk wa lovely the view was a let down. So we were even more determined to go up in the helicopter and that was nothing short of FANTASTIC !!!!!! well with the cost a once in a life time experience.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • nzp0ppy
    Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand16,790 contributions
    An enjoyable walk with suspension bridges, clip on cliff bridge, scrambling rock faces, and amazing views of franz josef glacier and valley.
    the toughest part of the track is climbing out of the valley from the suspension bridge to hendes shelter. after that its not as much climbing.

    the walk took us 1hr 40 up - with lots of photo stops, and not much less on the way down.

    Recommended in dry weather.
    Written 1 February 2022
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  • Hollie S
    39 contributions
    Easy, flat, 5 minute walk to an impressive sight, especially on a clear day! Was definitely worth the wee wander in!
    Written 15 March 2022
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  • Kiwisflythecoop
    Te Anau, New Zealand760 contributions
    Nice walk to the tunnels with a sign board explaining the history of why they were created. Tunnels are an adventure as well, especially the work that was put in to create.
    Take a torch and change of footwear or gumboots.
    Only pity is DOC haven’t done the repairs to the flume at the end.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • A B
    Wellington, New Zealand40 contributions
    Well worth the steeper path at the end. Great viewpoint but a shame (and shameful) that the glacier is retreating at such a fast pace. Informative panels at the view point show the retreat over the last 125 years.
    Written 20 March 2021
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  • KarenM1_10
    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan770 contributions
    Nice center with very helpful staff. Ample free parking in the area. Our helicopter tour left from here. They also have a number of other activities that you can book. Good size souvenir shop and cafe. We grabbed a bagel, Nutella cheesecake, juice and coffee for breakfast prior to our tour. At the conclusion of the tour, we ordered a ham and cheese toastie and chicken wrap that we ate for lunch on the way back to Greymouth. Food was good but cheesecake was exceptional.
    Written 19 April 2020
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  • ksarman
    Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,626 contributions
    Starting point really inside Franz Joseph Downtown
    Easy trail, no specific view till the end
    You are on rain forest
    Pleasant track, safe
    You ll end up to the bridge
    You should come back via the same way, you can try to follow the river bank
    But be so careful, the water level can suddenly goes up
    Dangerous way
    Written 20 April 2019
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  • zhuhai2007
    Christchurch, New Zealand49,015 contributions
    Well-stocked with maps & brochures to plan your next adventure. Really helpful staff to provide advice on what to do in the area.
    Written 13 November 2021
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  • Pete Y
    Auckland, New Zealand708 contributions
    A short walk (20 mins) to see a small river at the end of it, that you can do from town, we did during the day so didn’t see any glow worms.
    Written 6 October 2020
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  • Noelene G
    7 contributions
    The iew of Franz Josef glacier from the pews would make a service very distracting, but also calming.
    Written 17 February 2022
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