Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. With its 12 km long that descends from the Southern Alps less than 300 m above sea level, Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the country for travelers to see and interact with.
With such close proximity to the glacier, Franz Josef town offers us a slew of opportunities to go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you won't find anywhere else.
From hiking on the glacier to skydiving over the southern alps, here is a complete backpacking guide to Franz Josef with a list of epic things you can do here and all the other information you need to play a great trip to Franz Josef Glacier. Without further ado, let's take a look at Franz Josef's itinerary map: