Franz Josef Glacier Lookout

Point of Interest


Follow a rocky riverbed path, suitable for children, past a waterfall to Franz Josef Glacier viewing area. 5.4 km return via same track. Approx time 1 hour and 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes is an easy (fully accessible) forest walk to a river bank view of the glacier. Continuing from the end of the forest walk, follow the markers in the riverbed past Trident Falls to a point close to the terminal face of the glacier. This is not a track but a route over the shingle and rock of the riverbed and it can be quite rough underfoot make sure you have suitable footwear. The final section of track to the safety barriers includes a short climb to the viewing area. Do not go past the barriers and pay attention to all signage as areas of the valley are hazardous and are not safe for visitors. This is a beautiful yet volatile place do not let the serene scene fool you. The glacier is constantly moving. Ice and rock fall from the terminal face without warning. Creeks may rise up to a metre in even moderate rain. Water levels rise in as little as 15 minutes. This track is sometimes closed due to ice collapse, flooding or landslides check the latest track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre before starting your trip. No dogs. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -43.444579 Lng: 170.172488


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