There’s no other way to start a “things to do in Franz Josef Glacier” list than with the heli hike, the region’s most famous and most epic activity.
The glacier has receded a lot in the past 20 years so the viewpoint used to be much closer but it’s still a better view than from the road.
Rest and recharge amongst lush rainforest, the ideal end to a busy day full of Franz Josef activities.
Franz Josef Village is surrounded by spectacular scenic beauty, with Westland Tai Poutini National Park and Aoraki Mount Cook in the background.
If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand when that beautiful day finally comes, I always recommend visiting outside of peak season to make the most of the destinations.