Franz Josef Glacier Travel Guide
The Twins Snowfield...
The Twins Snowfield...
The view from our tent
Hovering over Franz
Franz Josef - Front Row Seats!
A beautiful Kettle Lake
Can be cold on the Glacier. Don't spend more than 2 nights here!
Franz Josef Glaciers
The Franz Josef Glaciers and Fox Glacier are easily accessible by car.You could do a half day of full day hiking trip to Franz Josef Glacier by joining a guided tour.There are many our agents that you could sign up with in town.The easiest walk will be a 20 mins return trip...
Basal sliding is where the glacier slides over the surrounding sediments and rocks.When the ice meets an obstacle it wont go stragiht but will find it ways to avoid the obstacle.Thus there the pressure will cause the ice to be pushed down at a faster rate.
Blue Glacier Ice
There are more than 380 glaciers in the Southern Alps of the South Island. The largest is the Tasman Glacier (29 kms) long.About 30 metres of snow to fall on the neve of the glacier every year and thus forming the blue glacier ice. It was amazing to see the blue and greyish...
Discovering Franz Josef Glazier....Day 1
Day 1 - Arriving in Franz Josef town... A town? More like a street actually... its such a small place that I could actually spot my cousin, Yuen and his wife Sue,eating in one of the restaurant. Well they happened to be holidaying in NZ too... If you're all out to see this...
Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk
Proceeding south out of Franz Josef Township, cross the Waiho River Bridge and turn left onto the Franz Josef Glacier Access Road. You'll find the car park at the end of the road.Signposted from the car park is the Franz Josef Glacier walk, which will guide you on a...
Tramp to Peters Pool
The 4.5km Peters Pool track is signposted from the Franz Josef Glacier car park. It wends its way through 40-year-old shrub forest sprinkled with Mountain holly, tree daisy, tutu and three-finger.Peters Pool is a kettle lake formed by melting ice and reflect mirror images of...
Helicopter ride over the glacier
It is an expensive thing to do but since we didn't get the helihike, we decided to atleast do a heli ride over the glaciers. This was our first Valentine's after marriage and this was a great experience!
Experience quietitude at Peter's Pool
We were thrilled to visit this pool just at the entrance to the glacier, standstill was a word we understood after seeing this pool. It offers a perfect reflection of the glacier and all surroundings! Everyone who came here were almost afraid to breathe lest they disturb the...
Walk upto the glacier and back- an easy walk, and allows you to observe the terraina round with the deep gorges that the glacier has created and at the same time it allows you to watch as blocks of ice fall off the mouth of the glacier! There are a couple of waterfalls as...
Priya Indian Restaurant in Franz Josef: Service zero
Could not try the food. Waited 15 minutes approached a staff member but was completely ignored. Approached second staff member same thing, walked out feeling disgusted as the restaurant wasn't even busy. Compared to Little India at Nelson was completely the opposite,...
Full of Beans Cafe: Decent Cafe with varied menu
There are not a lot of restaurants in Franz Josef. Some new ones open every year and some don't last long enough to establish themselves.I know that Full of Beans has been around a while because my friends had been there a few years before. That being said, it is a no-frills...
Alice May: Rustic charm
Stepping into the warm amber embrace of Alice May soon soothes the cold from aching muscles and shivering bones.Serving up hearty local country fare, we tucked into the venison stew, slowly cooked in Monteiths black beer and served with mash potato and crisp pastry, which...
Priya Restaurant: Delicious Indian Food
Tasty north indian food and good white wine to toast, we were having Indian food after 10 days, so we were thrilled with this restaurant. Cannot ask for more!
Veg Biriyani was as tasty as the one in Paradise in Hyderabad!
Over priced shops
Franz Joseph is not a large place consequently your shopping choice for food basics is limited. As someone who used to live in the area we always avoiding shopping for food in Franz Joseph because the prices were higher - because transport costs, lack of options and because...
As the glacier is relatively fast moving, blocks of ice often fall, ice caves cave in, slopes slide down, and so on, thats why the base of the glacier is roped off. However if you want to see it closer, you can climb over...its what I did, but if you get crushed, dont blame...
It might be the most clichéd item to suggest but the West Coast is famous for its Sand Flies and Franz Joseph even more. They love the fresh blood of Tourists so either keep your skin covered or spray on some repellent.
Wear those shoes
Some may think it common-sensical, but it's always important to wear those covered toes shoes, especially when you are moving among the rocks. You do not want a stubbed toe or a swelling feet.not trying to promote my show here, but yes, this Is a comfortable shoe.
Hari Hari is a small dairy farming town located about almost equal distance from Franz Josef Glacier and Hokitika.It is only 50 minutes away from north of Franz Josef Glacier.Although it is a small town it still provide accommodation, restaurants and tours to the west...
This information board provided me with an understanding of what is happening to the glacier. The board had the earliest photo taken in 1867 where you can see that the valley was covered with a sheet of ice.In 1909, the ice started to retreat. In 1939, the glacier further...
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
http://www.glacierhelicopters.co.nz/"Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters offers a range of scenic helicopter flights from 10 minutes to several hours’ duration. Flights depart from Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and Queenstown.At Fox Glacier there is a popular flight...
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