Franz Josef Glacier Car Park

Day Use Area

3.5 from 9 users.


The Franz Josef Glacier offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment, in a temperate environment, while being within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway. Don't litter. No rubbish bins are provided in the valley, so be prepared to take out what you bring in. There are good flush toilets provided at the glacier car-park for your convenience, but there are none further up the valley; so think before you leave on your walk. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -43.422906 Lng: 170.169026

User Reviews



30 minute return walk . Easy wide walk on formed gravel paths . Slight gradient just before viewing area . Fair view of Glacier is closer then Fox Glacier but do both . Go watch the 45 minute doco in big brown Building where you book helicopter trips . Well both the watch . See more then if doing the helicopter flight . Maybe not the experience or the big price but simply amazing views . Do it


Legacy Data

Most of the track is closed, it's now only a 30min walk so you can only see it from kilometers away now...



1,5 hour return to the Franz Josef Glacier Lookout. Nice and easy walk, we had to cross one small river so prepare for some wet feet. We where lucky there was almost no fog otherwise you could not see the glacier!


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