Franz Josef Glacier / Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk

Westland / Tai Poutini National Park

  • 1 hr 30 min return by the same track
  • Easy

Follow the Waiho River to a viewpoint looking up to the Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier / Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk: Key information
Walking time
1 hr 30 min
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Route, terminal point, and conditions change day-by-day. Follow signs and warnings. Grades explained
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Franz Josef Glacier / Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk: Find it
Glacier Access Road, Franz Josef Village. Walking access from the village to the car park takes 1 hour.
240m – 300m
Altitude change 60m

This walk is very popular, with a constant procession of people making the easy journey to the foot of the glacier. Barrier fences block access to the glacier itself. The front face of the glacier is unstable and liable to collapse at any time.

From the end of the car park, the track leads through young forest past the Sentinel Rock side track to the edge of the riverbed. A marked trail leads past a waterfall and over silvery schist cobbles to the view of the lower glacier. 

The side trip up onto Sentinel Rock takes about 10 minutes from the junction, and provides a good view up valley and an explanation of the changing glacier.

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ID 8542

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Added 6 April 2013 by matthewmatthew. No revisions.
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