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Franz Josef is the name of a glacier as well as as a nearby village. The glacier is located inside the extensive Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.

 

The national park stretches from the Southern Alps down to the Tasman sea. These mountains are holy to the Maori people. 

 

Franz Josef is a small but lively village with just 300 residents. Rich rainforests surround the town with snow-capped alps above. Tourists from all over the world come to observe the native birds of New Zealand.

 

There are several ways for soaking in the natural attractions which include guided walks, quad bikes, skydiving and scenic flights. Franz Josef quad bike adventure is a total adrenaline rush and brings with it various amazing sceneries.

 

Do not miss out on Franz Josef sky diving and relish the fantastic snow-capped mountains, rainforests and the icy glacier.

 

Don't miss the Franz Josef glacier heli hike. Enjoy the stunning scenes from a helicopter and then land to explore the glacier on a guided hike. Walk among the dynamic ice formations and see the extraordinary colours of ice flow. 

 

Enjoy scenic flights over Franz Josef which has unique ice architecture. Capture the breathtaking views and enjoy a scenic flight with snow landing on Franz Josef and Fox glacier. Franz and Fox glaciers are New Zealand's largest glaciers. They are one of the only glaciers in the world which lie in the proximity of rainforest and ocean. Board a scenic flight and take in jaw-dropping views of the majestic glaciers. Finish it off with snow landing which brings you face to face with the iceberg.

 

You can also grab a chance to soothe and relax your muscles in hot pools nestled in the rainforest at the base of the Franz Josef glacier.

 

Make Franz Josef a part of your bucket list and enjoy an unforgettable experience.