Photo By Peter Watts
Waterfall at Franz Josef Glacier

Waterfall at Franz Josef Glacier - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

The trail to the tongue of Franz Josef Glacier passes a waterfall cascading over a cliff on the northern side of the valley. This panorama shows that waterfall. The glacier can be seen to the east snaking up the mountainside. In the middle of the valley are two isolate green islands where material was not removed and flattened as the glacier grew or retreated in times past. These are now covered with plants.

Waterfall at Franz Josef Glacier - FURTHER INFORMATION

Waterfall at Franz Josef Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Waterfall at Franz Josef Glacier' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from West Coast.

Sometimes listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the modern world, Franz Josef Glacier has long been a popular tourist attraction on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The walk out to the glacier passes up the valley across a rough path that continually changes due to floods and changes in river flow. Sometimes blocks of on the path can be found, a reminder to the massive pressures and powers at work here.


Road: Franz Joseph glacier car park is 5km from Franz Josef township. This is about 24km north of Fox Glacier township, 145km north of Haast and 172km south of Greymouth on Highway 6. Park and then walk.


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