Franz Josef is a very nice town where the glaciers are. I didn’t do the glacier hiking when I was there then, but did go for the treks up the mountain. I did the one that leads to the highest point on the mountain… it’s called the Alex Knob trek. It took me 8 hours round trip. I set off at 9am in the morning and reached back at around 5pm… The view on top is amazing and the trek up was really beautiful. There’re nice shrubs and plants along the way. You can see the glacier when you reach the summit. There are other shorter treks that would bring you to a lower altitude where you can see the glacier too. But the panaroma you get on the Alex Knob Trek is really spectacular.
I also did the Tutare Tunnel walk the next day. It’s a nice walk through forest with interesting trees and shrubs. There’s a point where you have to go through a tunnel. You would need a flashlight for this part and waterproof shoes, cause there’s a little bit of water on the ground. I didn’t go through the tunnel because I didn’t have my flashlight with me that time, and I turned back. The pictures for the Tutare Tunnel are posted after the Alex Knob Trek ones.
Other things you can do here include taking a scenic flight to see all the nearby alpine mountains and glaciers, such as a round trip to Fox Glaciers and Mount Cook too.
Here’re some pictures I took on the Alex Knob Trek…
Here’re the the photos from Tutare Tunnel Walk.
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