Franz Josef Glacier (D7)

Franz Josef Glacier valley walk, West Coast new Zealand.

GPS: -43.423077° 170.169377°

Youtube Franz Josef vid:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06Y7H8qdyyU

Franz Josef Glacier walk overview

Franz Josef Glacier walk overview

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Franz Josef display at VisCtr.

Franz Josef display at VisCtr.

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Franz Josef National Park Visitor Center

Franz Josef National Park Visitor Center

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FJ Glacier tracks carpark sign. Note how DoC has had to chenge the time estimate. if thee glacier continues its too-rapid retreat maybe DoC will install a sign that increases in length every year. Hurry!

FJ Glacier tracks carpark sign. Note how DoC has had to change the time estimate. if thee glacier continues its too-rapid retreat maybe DoC will install a sign that increases in length every year. Hurry!

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2013 approach to Franz Josef Glacier.

2013 approach to Franz Josef Glacier.

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2013 view of Waiho River coming out of FJ Glacier.

2013 view of Waiho River coming out of FJ Glacier.

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2013 view of Upper Franz Josef Glacier.

2013 view of Upper Franz Josef Glacier.

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2013 track to view snout of FJ glacier.

2013 track to view snout of FJ glacier.

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The not-very-good 2013 FJ Glacier viewpoint.

The not-very-good 2013 FJ Glacier viewpoint.

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DoC markers on the Franz Josef Glacier walk

DoC markers on the Franz Josef Glacier walk, 2010.

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A DoC sign that had been covered-over by Franz Josef avalanche debris.

A DoC sign that had been covered-over by Franz Josef avalanche debris, 2010.

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Graphic inside Franz Joesf VisCtr showing historic outline of the glacier toe.

Graphic inside Franz Joesf VisCtr showing historic outline of the glacier toe.

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Historic photo of Franz Josef Glacier inside Visitor Center

Historic photo of Franz Josef Glacier inside Visitor Center

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The Waiho River streaming out of the Franz Josef Glacier.The Waiho River streaming out of the Franz Josef Glacier.

The Waiho River streaming out of the Franz Josef Glacier, 2010.

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The mouth of the iceberg-laden river streaming out of the Franz Josef glacier face.

The mouth of the iceberg-laden river streaming out of the Franz Josef glacier face, 2010.

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Showering under Trident Falls along the Franz Josef valley walk.

Showering under Trident Falls along the Franz Josef valley walk.

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Where else in the world are you going to stand under a waterfall in view of a glacier?

Where else in the world are you going to stand under a waterfall in view of a glacier?

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A Happy Author collecting FJ icecubes along the Waiho River along the FJ viewpoint track.

A Happy Author collecting FJ icecubes along the Waiho River along the FJ viewpoint track.

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Glacial ice along the Waiho River.

Glacial ice along the Waiho River.

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Later that night, on a sorta-nearby beach...the FJ glacial ice chilling my Canadian whiskey in a cup cut from a one-liter Coke bottle. This is the life!!

Later that night, on a sorta-nearby beach…the FJ glacial ice chilling my Canadian whiskey in a cup cut from a one-liter Coke bottle. This is the life!!

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This is the life, one sip at a time! Gotta love glacial-chilled whiskey and a blazing South Island beach fire!!

This is the life, one sip at a time! Gotta love glacial-chilled whiskey and a blazing South Island beach fire!!

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The beach the next morning. Don't ya wish you were there? I'm not telling where it is hahahaha.

The beach the next morning. Don’t ya wish you were there? I’m not telling where it is hahahaha.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Franz Josef Glacier (D7)”

  1. Amy Says:

    Feb 2014 – there wasn’t much to see at this time. We even crossed the ropes (which I do not recommend; it was dangerous and stupid) to try to get closer, but even then not much to see. Fox glacier was much nicer due to the new path being so much closer, like your book said.

  2. Chris Smith Says:

    April 2016 – Visited both glaciers and found both little walks worthwhile, although for the unfit the walk at Fox was considerably shorter. The viewing point at FJ was 750m away compared to Fox’s 450m.

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