Things To Do in Franz Josef Glacier

Soak in the Glaciers Hot Pools, Tandem Skydiving, Quad Biking, Glacier Heli-hike, Hike to Franz Josef, Kiwi birds at West Coast, Kayak on Lake Mapourika, Visit Okarito Lagoon and many more.

If you are an adventure-freak or want to witness the wonders of the world in close proximity, then a journey to the majestic Franz Josef Glacier is a must. There are several Franz Josef Glacier things to do like hitting that tiny scenic town lined with lush tropical rainforest and a magnanimous névé channel that traverses up to the magnificent Glacier.

When in Franz Josef Glacier, be ready to traverse the wilderness of this extraordinary nature. Things to do in Franz Josef glacier are many starting from the most exciting and thrilling activity that is Skydiving. If you want to see the glacier up close then an iceberg Heli-hiking adventure is perfect for you. Other adventurous activities you try include kayaking as well as rock climbing. For a more relaxed experience, you can go on exploring the magnificent West Coast Wildlife Centre. The activities are endless and you will not be disappointed by means.

Here is the list of best things to do in Franz Josef Glacier:

01

Soak in the Glaciers Hot Pools

Soak in the Glaciers Hot Pools
How about a day off with a warm and comforting dip in the lovely glacier hot pools.  The hot pools are snuggled in the dense rainforest area. The Franz Josef glacier hot pools are a refuge of natural hush. These pools are the absolute way to unwind after those adrenaline-rushed adventurous trips.

It is really cold out on the glaciers, and a warm and calm dip in the pool complements your idea of an accomplished trip. You do get multiple options to choose from as a private pool, the main pool, and relaxing amongst the rainforest.

Location: 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand

Timing: Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools' working hours are 2 pm-8:30 pm (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)

Price: NZ$29 for Adult Single Entry &NZ$99 for private pool for two people.
02

Try Tandem Skydiving

Try Tandem Skydiving
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There are many things to do in Franz Josef glacier. It is a heaven for all adventure-freaks and Tandem skydiving comes first on that list. Tandem skydiving is the most active, elementary, and cherished way for an amateur skydiver to encounter the excitement of diving out of a plane.

You can freely fall through the sky at 120mph and glide securely to the ground under a parachute. The system involves a harness and chute arrangement for both the rider and the instructor to share on.

Location: Franz Josef Glacier Base, 69 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand

Timings: Skydive Franz Opens at 8:00 am

Price: NZ$289
03

Do Quad Biking

Do Quad Biking
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You can explore valleys, the beautiful streambeds, and the lush rainforest port to watch the Franz Josef Glacier on an exhilarating tour with the Quad Bikes. This 2-hour adventure holds you off-roading on all sorts of territory.

There are quantities of things to do in Franz Josef glacier, and one of them is thrilling quad biking. From rivers to grasslands, you can roll anywhere with those bikes. You will get driving tips and a time to train yourself on those quad bikes with your guide.

Location: 30 Main Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand

Timing: Across Country Quad Bikes is open from 9am- 4 pm (Seven days a week)

Price: NZ$180
04

Experience Glacier Heli-hike

Experience Glacier Heli-hike
You can now traverse the ice mountain itself on an iceberg Heli-hiking adventure. Seeing a glacier is not an everyday thing for most people around; hence when you manage a trip to the Franz Josef Glacier, a Heli-hike is a must in your itinerary.

You will dock on Franz Josef Glacier, ready after an exciting concise flight over rugged terrain, for a two-hour escorted hike. With a taste for the most thrilling ice structures, your guide will guide you into some of the most exceptional glacier scenery the place has to offer. The trip is exceptional and unique because it ticks off two major New Zealand exercises in this journey. Spectacular helicopter aviation and a magnificent glacier journey!

Location: Main South Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7856, New Zealand

Timing: The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Heli Hikeis open from8 am- 6 pm (Seven days a week)

Price: NZ$485/person
05

Hike to Franz Josef

Hike to Franz Josef
Franz Josef Glacier is majestic, and what's better to appreciate the prominence than by hiking through a breath-taking Franz Josef Glacier Valley to a position before the Franz Josef terminus face. Say that you have reached over to the destination but do not know what to do. No worries, because with Franz Josef Glacier things to do, you won't miss out on a hint of adventure.

The 1h30mins return trail emphasizes the rich Trident Falls. This trail is a beautiful walk in any climate. The three waterfalls on the right (as you lead up the berg valley) are exceptional for a shower/dip on a hot sunny day. 
We recommend you to do it on the trail back once you go up a sweat. You'll be dry by the moment you step back to your vehicle.

Location: Glacier Access Road | Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

Timing: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
06

Spot Kiwi birds at West Coast Wildlife Centre

Spot Kiwi birds at West Coast Wildlife Centre
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What if you want a day off and experience something tranquil? Are you in the desire to see some cute little birds and connect to mother nature? As you know that there are great things to do in Franz Josef glacier, but every other activity is an adrenaline rush activity.

The absolute rainy-day venture in Franz Josef, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the South Island's most comprehensive kiwi hatching department. It is your prospect to see New Zealand's nationwide icon up-close. 
Since Kiwis are night-loving, so their rooms are in semi-darkness, it'll take you few minutes for our eyes to adapt to the darkness. But then you could see them moving around. The visitor center is meriting with a great shop and cafe.

Location: Cnr crown and, Cowan Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand

Timing: West Coast Wildlife Centre is open from 9 am to 5 pm (7 days a week)

Price: NZ$34.88/hr
07

Kayak on Lake Mapourika

Kayak on Lake Mapourika
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You can also look out for wildlife like eels and go with your guide down secluded creeks while listening to local Maori legends. You can now cruise on the reflective waters of Lake Mapourika. How exciting will it be to get on a kayaking tour with Franz Josef Wilderness Tours! You do not need any prior knowledge for this trip, as you float across the lake with comfort on this tranquil lake encompassed by rich rainforest.

You will smoothly glide your kayaks into a shallow bay, which weaves through the woods and deep into the kiwi sanctuary. As you speedily float on the waters, indigenous birds come scooting. The reflective waters will show some 900-year-old kahikatea trees.

Location: Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

Timing: Sunrise Safari is open from 7:30 am – 10:30 am (7 days a week)

Price: NZ$125/person
08

Visit Okarito Lagoon

Visit Okarito Lagoon
You get to observe the occasional wildlife like the white heron and royal spoonbill on the Okarito Lagoon banks and simultaneously the Okarito walking paths. It stores a series of plant types from mature rimu forest through m?nuka scrub to saline water that has remained lost in much of the rest of the West Coast.

You can choose the Okarito Trig Walk for panoramic views of the lagoon and glaciers or experience the coastal scenes and wildlife along the Okarito Coastal Walk.

Location: 31 Wharf Street, West Coast, Okarito 7886, New Zealand

Timing: Okarito Boat Tours' working-hours are from 7:30 am-5 pm (7 days a week)

Price: NZ$95 for 2 hours
09

Scenic Ride in A Helicopter Over The Glacier

Scenic Ride in A Helicopter Over The Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier gives various marvelous ‘ice designs’ of any Glacier around the globe. The Glacier was in a position of accommodation until 2008 when it started running.  It is presently accessible by helicopter due to a dramatic breakdown of the terminal face in 2012.

Hover over the Franz Josef Glacier and dock on a screened glacial mass with dedicated Glacier Helicopters. Or get the "grand trip" on a forty-minute flight throughout Aoraki Mt Cook, Franz Josef, and Fox Glacier. You can contemplate upon natural scenery carved by icebergs on spectacular helicopter aviation.

Location: Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7856, New Zealand.

Timing: The Helicopter Line West Coastworks between 9 am-3 pm (daily)

Price: NZ$367.31
10

Catch some Brown Trout & Salmon at Lake Mapourika

Catch some Brown Trout & Salmon at Lake Mapourika
You can experience fishing with your equipment or follow a local angler who will classify all the logistics and things out for you. Lake Mapourika is a breeding ground for salmon and brown trout fishing.

The lake is positioned 10 km northbound of Franz Joseph in one of the most gorgeous picturesque parts of the country. The salmon fishing is unsteady but there is an abundance of trout over there.

Location: Lake Mapourika Recreational Area, Waiho 7886, New Zealand

Timing: Franz Josef Wilderness Tours works from 9 am-5 pm (daily)

Price: NZ$160
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  1. What is there to do in Franz Josef for free?

    1. Roberts Point Track: Opting for Roberts Point Track needs a healthy body as it involves a rough terrain. Post walking for an hour; you will reach Hende's Hut. The track continues to rise onto Roberts Point, where the glacier views are magnificent.

    2. A Walk by the Peters Pool: This fully-accessible walk weaves within the woods to a little lake, which was made by melting ice. The lake is about 200 years old. You can enjoy the reflective views of the glacier and mountain-peaks in this peaceful environment

    3. A visit to Franz Josef i-SITE Visitor Information Centre: It is an excellent center with accommodating staff. You will get ample open parking in that area. Their helicopter journey leaves from here. They also have several other ventures that you can engage in. Just like our guide on Franz Josef Glacier things to do, this information centre provides you with all the necessary info that you need for an accomplished trip.

    4. Terrace Walk: If you are low on cash, then a leisurely walk along with the green platforms at the southern end of the settlement is a charm. The trail presents a great awakening to the Glacier Region's tropical rainforest and a chance to see glow worms after dark. It's an excellent option for children.

    5. Visit the Church of Our Lady of the Alps: If you are done with thrilling activities then enjoy the peace inside the holy  Church of Our Lady of the Alps. This is a single hall construction of simplistic construction which was established in 1951. Given the nearby location, it is simple to pass by for a quick 2-3 minute visit to view the beautiful church.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Franz Josef Glacier?

    1. Westland Tai Poutini National Park: It is positioned on the westbound shore of New Zealand's South Island, established in 1960 as the anniversary of the European establishment of Westland District. It extends from the most leading peaks of the Southern Alps to a wild and distant coastline.

    2. Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre: The Visitor Centre presents you with a significant variety of visitor knowledge and is your gateway to traversing the Westland Tai Poutini National Park and ahead. The visit to the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre located in the township is a must-visit.

    3. Peter’s Pool: Franz Josef Glacier is a heaven on earth with loads of things to do in Franz Josef glacier. You will never run out of choices. The lake was created by fusing glacial ice about 200 years ago. The water is very reflective and provides beautiful scenes of the glacial channel holding Franz Josef Glacier.

    4. Lake Mapourika: The lake is positioned on the Western Coast of New Zealand's South Island. The lake lies north of Franz Josef Glacier and the  ?k?rito River that pours it into the ?k?rito Lagoon. It is the greatest of the West Coast lakes.
  3. Is Franz Josef Glacier worth visiting?

    Franz Glacier is worth a visit if you have an exceptional and adventurous trip planned in your mind. The impressive surroundings with intriguing vegetation, waterfalls, and rock formations at Franz Josef make it 100% worth visiting this beautiful wonder on the face of this planet.
  4. How cold is it on Franz Josef Glacier?

    The temperature on the glacier is usually 2 degrees cooler than the temperature in the city. Temperatures range from 68.6°F (20.3°C) and 56.5°F (13.6°C) with cooler temperatures in the following months. Don’t forget that climate can develop swiftly when you’re in an elevated background. Do wear 2 – 4 layers of clothes and take off some covers if you feel hot.
  5. What is the best time to visit Franz Josef Glacier?

    Franz Josef Glacier is open all year but the summertime months of November to February are the crown visitor season. It would be best if you determine when you want to tour. New Zealand's Glacier Country has somewhat mild colds by international criteria.

    Franz Josef Glacier doesn't see the severe winter circumstances, hence hiking services over the wintertime are operational.

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