Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
A fairly easy 1 hour 30 minutes 5.4 km return walk to a viewpoint. Note: the track passes through some occasionally-dangerous places. The track is sometimes closed and we are careful to heed all warning signs.
Map Data: Google, Digital Globe, Department of Conservation (DOC).

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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
This is the Glacier Viewpoint at the end of the Forest Walk. We are going further...

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Across the stepping stones...

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Past the beautiful Trident Waterfalls...

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Even with an ultra wide angle lens, it is hard to get the whole waterfall in the shot.

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
This sign says something like: "Do not balance glaciers on your head or people will throw rocks at you."

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Climbing up and up...

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
A high five from the ranger -and that's it. Spectacular, isn't it..? Ummmm... Wellll... Not really. Fox Glacier is by far the more spectacular of the two glaciers.

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
And so we head back down the valley.

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
No shortage of rocks here...

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER VALLEY WALK - Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Nice waterfall...