WHERE IS IT?
Franz Josef Glacier, Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere – The Frozen Tears of the Ice Maiden, lies in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The area is part of a Unesco World Heritage site, Te Wahipounamu – the Greenstone Waters.
WHAT IS IT?
Franz Josef Glacier is an 11-kilometre river of ice which descends from 3000-metres high in the Southern Alps, to 350m in lush rain forest. Moving at a rate of 1 to 2 metres a day in the winter and 3 to 4 metres a day in the summer, the Franz Josef is the world’s steepest and fastest-flowing commercially guided glacier.
Three excellent reasons – it’s spectacular, easy to get to and retreating fast.