Robert’s Point Franz Josef (D8)

 

Robert’s Point Track, Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand.

GPS: -43.412873° 170.176175°

Youtube Roberts Point track vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6bFuYirvlE

Robert's Point track Franz Josef overview

Robert’s Point track Franz Josef overview

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Roberts Pt from Christof.

Roberts Pt from Christof.

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The suspended catwalk of Hendes Galley on the Robert's Point track, Franz Josef.

The suspended catwalk of Hendes Galley on the Robert’s Point track, Franz Josef.

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Robert's Point track. The Swiss girl on the right actually walked the difficult track in just those sandals, as she had lost her hiking boots on her travels.

Robert’s Point track. The Swiss girl on the right actually walked the difficult track in just those sandals, as she had lost her hiking boots on her travels.

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A commercial glacier-walk tour on Franz Josef, seen from Robert's Point.

A commercial glacier-walk tour on Franz Josef, seen from Robert’s Point.

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Looking down on the Franz Josef glacier-walkers from Robert's Point.

Looking down on the Franz Josef glacier-walkers from Robert’s Point.

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Looking at the streaming waterfall on the wall across from Robert's Point.

Looking at the streaming waterfall on the wall across from Robert’s Point.

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A look down Franz Josef valley from Robert's Point all the way to the sea.

A look down Franz Josef valley from Robert’s Point all the way to the sea.

A look down Franz Josef valley from Robert’s Point all the way to the sea.

8 Responses to “Robert’s Point Franz Josef (D8)”

  1. Ellis & Says:

    Roberts Point trail is closed due to flooding. A slide wiped out part of the staircases. When questioned when it might reopen, DOC workers in the area said it will cost $250,000 to repair, and engineering is working on how to replace and repair the missing stairs..

    • curiousgorgeguidebook Says:

      Thanks for the update. I was hoping they’d have it all fixed for this 2014 summer, because last summer they said they might. Alas. I’ll change this blog entry…and maybe make a note for the next print run of books. Thanks for the head’s up!

  2. Criss Says:

    From the DOC Homepage:
    “Roberts Point Track is closed due to severe flood damage, including major structure damage. The track is not expected to reopen until the end of February 2015 at the earliest. Please check at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre and i-SITE for an update closer to your visit.”

  3. Criss Says:

    On the D.O.C. site they say: “Roberts Point Track is closed due to severe flood damage, including major structure damage. The track is not expected to reopen until the end of February 2015 at the earliest”

  4. Ken Says:

    Hiked this track a few days ago. There is still some damaged parts to scramble around, but not too bad. It was officially open that open per Park visitor centre in Franz Josef village. Cannot imagine doing that track in sandals, very slippery in parts. I had good boots, but still fell down a few times, probably cuz I was carrying a 12kg pack… I highly recommend this track, views are stunning.

  5. Calvin Says:

    Was open about a week ago! Awesome track, but took a wrong turn after the first swing bridge. Certainly wouldn’t want to do it in bad weather, but we hiked it when there was some wetness from the rain the previous day and drizzle that day. The new, third swing bridge is awesomely long; I counted 188 paces!

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