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2-Hour Quad Bike Experience from Franz Josef
"Once you have signed in at the office you will be able to begin your adventure. After a short 5-minute walk down to the containers you will get dressed up in the provided wet weather gear gumboots and helmet. You will then have a short detailed safety brief before you will test your skills on the two test tracks. The journey will then take you through dense rainforest riverbeds and grassland all with the back drop of the spectacular Southern Alps. There are plenty of selfie opportunities with a break halfway to give you some local information on the area. This place is truly special one of only a handful of places in the world where ice and forest meet in such a spectacular manner and the ATV quads are the ultimate way to view it all. The quad bike adventure is fun in the sun and even better in the rain. Enjoy a truly memorab"""Tucked under the majestic Southern Alps on New Zealand's rugged untamed West Coast sits Franz Josef village and the magnificent Franz Josef glacier offering spectacular mountain views & dense rainforest. This is where you will experience a 2-hour
From NZD70.00
 
Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk
"Choose from four different morning departure times to suit your schedule then head to the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef to meet your guide. Wrap up against the elements with the protective jacket trousers hats gloves and leather boots provided and don’t forget to grab your crampons! When you’re fully kitted out head to your helicopter and start your journey with a short flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier.Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and surrounding area from your vantage point high in the sky
From NZD409.00
 
65-Minute Southern Alps Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook
"The ultimate way to see the Southern Alps. Traverse the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breath-taking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Track north along the Tasman Sea before recrossing the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps Two glacier snow landings views of Mt Cook Mt Tasman and Mt Sefton stunning views of the West Coast of New Zealand hochstetter Icefall Grand Plateau and Plateau Hut
From NZD560.00

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Whataroa - White Herons and an historic Whale Bone

Whataroa is one of those tiny townships on SH6. It is located about 30 km north of Franz Josef Village, and famous for its tours to the White Heron Sanctuary, the only breeding colony in New Zealand....
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Feb 03, 2014

Explore Franz Josef Glacier

Update April 2012As Franz Josef glacier is receding, it is currently not possible to hike up to the glacier via the terminal face. This means that the "normal" walks are not on offer. Instead Glacier...
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Kakapo2
Aug 27, 2012

The Glacier Alternative at Fox Glacier

They are funny at Fox Glacier: To name all the things that are better than at Franz Josef the privately owned operating company compare their plus points to the "other local glacier". And those plus...
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Kakapo2
Apr 15, 2012

Learn more about Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are unique in the world and, of course, unique in New Zealand. They are the only two of the still 1000 more or less large glaciers or eternal snow-patches of the Southern...
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Apr 15, 2012

Cape Foulwind

Captain James Cook, the first European explorer to chart New Zealand, landed here and named this place after the strong, often cold wind that blows here nearly all the time. Despite this, it's still...
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Tom_Fields
Apr 05, 2012

Indoor Ice Climbing Wall at Franz Josef - closed

Update April 2011This tourism venture has closed down in the meantime. I think it did not work because you could get the same activity outdoors, in much nicer and natural surroundings, and it was just...
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Apr 14, 2011
 
 
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Lessons about the Glaciers at Franz Josef

Tip updated in April 2011The Interpretive Exhibit was the main part of the failed Glacier Experience Hukawai ("melt water") at Franz Josef. It is now part of the West Coast Wildlife Centre, located in...
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Kakapo2
Apr 14, 2011

Just enough to do to fill a day in Greymouth

There is not a real lot to do in Greymouth if you do not have a car - but enough to fill a day. In the town itself you can stroll along the Grey River, walk up the hill on a zig-zag track for great...
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Kakapo2
Apr 14, 2011

Hokitica - La ciudad del - " Pounamu " - City

Esta es la ciudad del Jade , en una calle como las del Oeste se pued ver a los grandes talladores de jade , las tiendas y los museos en los que se pueden ver bonitas obras de arte , desde luego...
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Mar 13, 2010

Franz Joseph Glacier

Llegamos por la tarde , con un tiempo espléndido y con todo despejado se podían ver las montañas Pensábamos descansar tranquilamente por el pueblo para ir al día siguiente a ver el Glaciar , pero...
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elpariente
Mar 13, 2010

'Punakaiki : Parque - Paparoa - National Park' 2

El parque está junto a la carretera y hay que dar un pequeño paseo para llegar al acantilado desde donde se pueden ver los famosos "pancakes" y todas las rocas que están sobre el mar Un paseo muy...
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elpariente
Feb 10, 2010

Punakaiki : Parque - Paparoa - National Park 1

Con el nombre que le he dado a este tip poca gente sabrá que me estoy refiriendo a las "Tortitas" ( Pancakes)En cuanto se ven las fotos se da uno cuenta de porqué llaman así a esta formación rocosa...
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elpariente
Feb 10, 2010

El Cabo del viento horrible / Cape Foul Wind

De nuevo nos aparece el Capitán Cook que cambió el nombre que le había dado Abel Tasman a este Cabo , Cabo de las rocas y lo llamó Cabo del Viento Horrible pues aquí con el Endeavour tuvo una...
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Feb 10, 2010

Be blown away...

Even without the Pancake Rocks, Dolomite Point's Blowholes, Punakaiki, would be worth the visit. A loop track winds its way from the main road through rainforest, flax and coastal vegetation to the...
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JohanIsWeg
Jul 15, 2009

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