If you wish to hike on Franz Josef glacier itself, you need to take a heli flight up the glacier to get to where you can explore the blue ice higher up (lower parts of the glacier are older ‘dirtier’ ice). You can of course take a heli flight that includes a quick landing, but exploring the glacier with a hike makes for a much more intimate experience!

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Franz Josef

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Whataroa

Driving Time: 26 mins (31km/19mi)

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Mt Cook

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

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Nearby Places to Stay

Franz Josef

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Whataroa

Driving Time: 26 mins (31km/19mi)

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Mt Cook

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

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