Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere) is found in New Zealand’s South Island. It is arguably one of the main attractions in the West Coast. However, the glacier has been retreating since 2008 (another reason to visit this gem sooner rather than later) due to a sharp rise in global temperatures. If you want to see the Franz Josef Glacier up close, you have three options. One, you can walk/ hike to the closest view point as marked by the Department of Conservation. Two, you can fly around the glacier in a helicopter. And three, you can fly to the top of the glacier itself and go on a guided hike among massive ice walls and caves.

You get a better view when the sun is up. This photo was taken a few minutes before it started to rain.
This is the view while we were on board a helicopter flying towards the glacier.
When the helicopter was about to land on the glacier.
Getting ready for the hike. The gear required for the hike was provided by The Helicopter Line.
After 3 tries, we finally managed to figure out how to properly tie the crampons.
Franz Josef Glacier.
The other half of The Travelling Pair.
Another group on the other side.

Exploring on of the cave-like structures.

For more information about this tour, you can visit The Helicopter Line. If you are looking for an accommodation in Franz Josef, you can read about our experience with Jag Escape Franz Alpine Retreat. Finally, you can go to Book Me New Zealand‘s website to get discounted rates on some activities around New Zealand including the West Coast.

Safe Travels,

K & G

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