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Franz Josef Glacier Travel Answers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2014
Traveling to Franz Josef From Christchurch airport  (4 Answers)

Whats the cheapest way for me to get to Franz Josef? I'm flying down from Auckland and would really appreciate some advice on which shuttle company i should go with? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2014
Franz Josef  (1 Answer)

We are traveling mostly by bus but I cannot find a bus that will take me to Greymouth in the late afternoon from Franz Josef so that we can take the Western Coast Shuttle back to Christchurch the next morning. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2013
franz josef glacier trek  (1 Answer)

6 of us are going to NZ end March and three are taking helicopter ride to top of glacier and three of us would like to do the trek preferably not the all day one because of our time schedule. Any suggestions please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2010
Franz Josef - full day or half day tour?  (8 Answers)

I would like an honest opinion from someone who have been to the FJ glacier with the FJ Guides. I am definitely going to FJ in March in a small group (all small sized ladies) and we need to decide on full day or half day tour. Which is recommended (although the difference is mentioned on the FAQ of the website)?

I am not very fit - I would be able to walk for whole day in shopping malls, but not sure when it comes to glacier what would be the fitness level required.

Please give me some opinion. Thanks very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2009
Which track is highly recommended in Franz Josef Glacier region?  (3 Answers)

Hi all,

I am looking for a hike (or combination of few short walks) for a total of about 90 minutes in duration. Can anyone recommend me which one is best for scenery?

There are a good selection of tracks here:

Unfortunately, I don't have time to do them all...

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2009
Overnight in Fox Glacier or Franz Josef?  (7 Answers)

Hi, we will be driving from Queenstown to Greymouth and have been advised to stop along the way at one of the glaciers. Does anyone know which one might be best for an overnight stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2008
Best time for photographs  (42 Answers)

We're considering a heli-hike on the Franz Josef Glacier or a day walk on Fox Glacier. What time of day, in general, would provide the best views? Does the weather (and visibility) deteriorate later in the day, or do you generally find poor weather conditions early in the morning?
Sissi made a good point in an earlier forum about time of day not really being applicable for heli-hikes as it's so high up, while early morning would give better photo opportunities with fewer shadows etc.
Is this still the reigning opinion? Any other experiences, pearls of wisdom?

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