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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

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Franz Josef GlacierBeginner

Submitted by Malcolm Law

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West Coast

Franz Josef Glacier

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only



0:50 (Slow)
0:35 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



Dec 2020: The track has been closed by DOC after 700m due to landslide damage making it unsafe. If you have an update on this status please email us.

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A very straightforward out & back run. You'll be dodging tourists but it's worth it for the spectacular surroundings and views of the glacier itself. Set out from the car park following the wide, gravelled FJ Glacier Walk - it's a mostly slight uphill to the end of the track where the views are most impressive. Snap some photos and turn around for a fast return to your car.

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Features of interest

Just the one - the AMAZING Franz Josef glacier!

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Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    Main car park for Franz Josef Glacier viewing area

    At the south end of the bridge just south of FJ township take the road signposted to FJ Glacier - about 4k up here is a huge parking area. Very popular with tourists at all times of year, especially peak summer months.

    5 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    I challenge you to get lost on this one! It has to be impossible!


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Best to take your own

    In winter this could be icy. Potential to be very wet at any time of year!

    Tourists! Show respect please people, they want to enjoy the views too!

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