Franz Josef is a small village mostly functioning to serve visitors in town to experience the extraordinary local scenery. The most popular hike is a 1.5 hour, 5.4km trek to a viewing area below the glacier. In addition to the glacier itself, the local scenery is exceptional, and there a number of local walks to explore. Its worth visiting the local Department of Conservation visitor center to get a sense of what’s available. There are a lot of activities in the area, including various scenic flights, skydiving, a local kiwi viewing center and some commercial (artificial) hot pools.

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Nearby Places to Stay

Franz Josef

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Whataroa

Driving Time: 24 mins (31km/19mi)

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Mt Cook

Driving Time: 5 hours 58 mins (479km/298mi)

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