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  • Getting to Franz Josef

    The Glacier Hot Pools is a relaxing natural sanctuary located just 2 hours drive from Greymouth, 6 hours drive from Christchurch and 5 hours drive from Queenstown.


    You'll find us at the Glacier Base Building on Cron Street.  We are centrally located and an easy stroll from most Franz Josef accommodation.  

    63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
    Phone: 0800 044 044 / +64 3 752 0099
    Email: info@glacierhotpools.co.nz


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    Driving to Franz Josef Glacier Township

    If you're driving, you can reach Franz Josef Glacier Township from the north or south by following State Highway 6.  With very few people living in the area, you should expect limited services on route to Franz Josef Glacier.  Due to its isolation on the West Coast of New Zealand, travelling to Franz Josef can take a considerable amount of time.

    Below are some of the major locations from which you might choose to drive to Franz Josef Glacier Township.

    • Greymouth to Franz Josef - 2-2.5 hours
    • Wanaka to Franz Josef - 4 hours
    • Christchurch to Franz Josef - 6 hours
    • Queenstown to Franz Josef - 5 hours

    If you're thinking of taking a bus from Queenstown to Franz Josef or from one of the other South Island towns, we recommend allowing for additional travel time and pre-booking your bus to Franz Josef to avoid disappointment.

    Train to Franz Josef Glacier Township

    KiwiRail Scenic Journeys run a number of long distant scenic train experiences that will take you up, down and across the South Island.  Their daily TranzAlpine service winds its way from Christchurch, through the impressive New Zealand landscape, to Greymouth in about 4.5 hours.

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