Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village. The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps rising above it.

There are many ways to take in the natural attractions within a short distance of the village. Your options include a cycleway, walks of varying lengths, guided walks, kayaking, and action adventures like rafting or skydiving. You can also visit the white heron colony or see the world’s rarest kiwi.

Franz Josef Glacier is one of the steepest glaciers in New Zealand, descending from its origins high in the Southern Alps deep into the lush native rainforest of Westland’s National Park.

The glacier moves faster than your average glacier so no two days are the same. The main ice fall moves an average of 50cm per day, but steep sections can move as much as 10 metres in a single day. This creates some truly incredible features in the glacier such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses; and all features are constantly changing and evolving.

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17 Days, from Christchurch to Auckland
from NZD $9,140 per person twin share
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Experience Christmas like a New Zealander, while visiting both the North and South Island of New Zealand, starting in Christchurch and touring the South Island before heading north through the North Island and departing from Auckland
23 Tage Neuseeland bewusst erleben 2024-25
23 Days, from Auckland to Christchurch
from NZD $10,870 Pro Person im Doppel Zimmer
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Die außergewöhnliche Rundreise entführt abseits der Touristenpfade in einzigartige Naturlandschaften: uralte Baumriesen beeindrucken ebenso wie aktive Vulkane, schneebedeckte Berggipfel oder eisige Gletscher.
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19 Days, from Auckland to Queenstown
from NZD $8,550
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23 Days, from Auckland to Christchurch
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19 Days, from Auckland to Queenstown
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20 Days, from Auckland to Christchurch
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24 Tage Neuseeland bewusst erleben 2023-24
24 Days, from Auckland to Christchurch
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Die außergewöhnliche Rundreise entführt abseits der Touristenpfade in einzigartige Naturlandschaften: uralte Baumriesen beeindrucken ebenso wie aktive Vulkane, schneebedeckte Berggipfel oder eisige Gletscher.
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Diese Rundreise bietet ein ebenso außergewöhnliches wie abwechslungsreiches Programm. So lässt sich Neuseeland hautnah und besonders intensiv erleben - in seiner ganzen geografischen Ausdehnung: von der entlegenen Nordspitze bis zu Stewart Island, dem kleinen Naturparadies ganz im Süden.