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  • Franz Josef Glacier

    From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland's National Park.

    Flowing from 2700m above sea level to only 240m in as little as 11km, this is the world’s steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier, and the most popular of the glaciers in NZ.

    The best way to see the glacier is to join a guided walk with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. With a team of highly trained guides who are experts at showcasing this spectacular and unforgettable terrain, enjoy a glacier experience for |
    all levels of fitness and ability.  Franz Josef Glacier Guides is also owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism and the local tribal council Te Runanga o Makaawhio.


    Protecting Franz Josef Glacier

    Believed to have been formed over 7,000 years ago, today the huge formation is under threat from changes to the climate and the steady warming of the earth’s atmosphere. 
    Try as we might, the local community and New Zealand as a whole is dedicated to the preservation of the glacier and the surrounding natural habitat and wildlife.

    Visiting Franz Josef Glacier

    Without a doubt, the best way to see and explore this amazing glacier and one of the best things to do in Franz Josef is to join a guided walk with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. 

    With a team of highly trained, local guides who are experts at showcasing this spectacular and unforgettable terrain, you will enjoy a glacier experience for all levels of fitness and 
    ability.  Franz Josef Glacier Guides is also owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism and the local tribal council Te Runanga o Makaawhio.


    Things To Do In Franz Josef And Beyond


    Surrounded by some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in the world, there’s nowhere quite like Franz Josef. Activities, attractions and adventures can be found 
    throughout the South Island, but for an extensive list, visit Things To Do And See In South Island, New Zealand.


    For more information about the area, visit our Franz Josef township page.

    Getting to Franz Josef Glacier


    Planning a trip to Franz Josef? Visit our getting to Franz Josef Glacier page.