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Lisa
Poughkeepsie

Lisa from Poughkeepsie asked

Franz Josef or Fox Glacier

Any opinion on which glacier is better to visit or doesn't it make a difference? We have one full day to visit here.  Thanks!

New Zealand

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Natala from San Francisco

Either glacier is going to be fun -- the primary factor will likely be weather. The most important thing is to book a helicopter tour -- so you get flown to the middle of the glacier. Fox still allows people to "walk onto" the glacier -- which is cool but takes a lot of time to get to the deeper sections of the glacier where some of the more interesting formations are going to be located. I've done Franz twice and loved it!


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Nardine from Tamworth (England)

Fox is supposed to be the better glacier however Franz is the more interesting village, there are hotpools there (not natural) and plenty of places to choose from to eat & drink.

The Rain Forest Retreat is a particularly nice place to stay and has rooms of various types & prices.

We walked to the glacier face and enjoyed it a great deal, we didn't feel the need to walk ON the glacier. personally the drone of helicopters for 12 hours a day was a bit grating, I hate to think of the environmental impact.

The onward drive to Wanaka is one of the best on the SI


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Joe from Houston

Don't think it matters. Depends on which one you can schedule. We did Fox and it was swell.


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Jerry from United States

it doesn't matter.  franz is smaller but "cleaner" but fox is bigger and "greyer".


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