World Famous in NZ: Franz Josef Glacier dazzling, awe-inspiring landscape; Justine Tyerman;

New Zealand – Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand


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.


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.

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