15 Epic Things to Do in Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most unique places to visit in the South Island, with a range of epic things to do and see depending on your travel style.

Do a heli hike to the glacier

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.


Hike to the glacier viewpoint

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.


Soak in the hot pools

Rest and recharge amongst lush rainforest, the ideal end to a busy day full of Franz Josef activities.


Take a scenic flight

Franz Josef Village is surrounded by spectacular scenic beauty, with Westland Tai Poutini National Park and Aoraki Mount Cook in the background.


When is the best time to visit Franz Josef Glacier? If you’re currently in New Zealand (aren’t we lucky!) then the best time to visit Franz Josef Glacier is NOW.

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.