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Franz Josef Glacier

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What people say

"When you visit Franz Josef Glacier, which is located within Westland Tai Poutini National Park, you can embark on guided ice walks, heli-hikes, and scenic flights, providing up-close encounters with its crevasses, icefalls, and seracs. If you opt to go hiking, there is a massive parking lot right at the base of the trailheads, so don't worry about parking too much! "
"This 12-kilometre glacier can be visited by plane, helicopter, or with a guided tour. Make sure to check out the incredible rainforests and lakes around the glacier too!"
"This is an iconic stop on a South Island road trip. Lots to do here, but you can simply walk up to the glacier and see it for free."

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This 10 Day New Zealand South Island Van Life Itinerary is the accumulation of HOURS of planning and research and includes an interactive map, directions and exact GPS coordinates of where to camp, stops and things to do, hiking and trail data, links to the best activities, best photo spots and times of day to shoot, where we ate, optional trip add ons and more in the form of a 10 day adventure itinerary! This is a mobile friendly itinerary so you can use it throughout your trip in real time. This is the exact itinerary we used this year with optional add ons along the way, and it works for Spring, Summer and Fall trips. We took all of our experience from our summer trip to New Zealand and our mishaps/what we wish we knew and compiled everything into this guide. The best part is as we go back to New Zealand again in the future, you’ll get access to all of our new information as well since these guides are synced with live updates! You’ll have it for life and can access it any time. Follow this guide exactly (weather and conditions permitting) for a guaranteed amazing set of experiences and vistas! Or, combine our insights with your own research to craft the trip of your dreams. Tag us in the photos you take - we'd love to see your experience! @theloverspassport
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