Scenic Travel Services From Franz Josef Glacier
on the west coast of the New Zealand's South Island, 148 kms south of
Greymouth and 25 Kms north from Fox Glacier, Franz Josef is a small town with a
population of 400.
Franz Josef town is approximately 5 km from the Franz Josef Glacier terminal face. Its accessibility makes it a major tourist attraction and the reason why
many people visit Franz Josef.
The 12 km long Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand's most spectacular
natural attractions, a remnant from the Ice Age which is one of South
Westland's major draw card for visitors.
The town is also 40 minutes walk from the Westland National Park.
At Franz Josef there is a range of activities ranging from the walks on
Franz Josef Glacier with a duration of 3 hours, bush walks, scenic
helicopter flights of Mt Cook, Fox, Tasman and Franz Josef Glaciers, to name
a few of the activities that are available.
Visitors to Franz Josef will find a small but comfortable township with a
first class hotel, a good selection of motel, hostel and motor camp
accommodation and several restaurants.
Despite being in the wilderness, the town has all essential services
including a good garage, a district nurse and Visitors Centre and Department
of Conservation Office.