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Christchurch to Franz Josef

Allow five hours for the journey by road with some extra time for stops along the way.

Follow SH 73 from Christchurch through to Kumara Junction, turn left at Kumara Junction and follow SH 6 through to Franz Josef Glacier.

The drive is very picturesque, a great opportunity to experience some of the most impressive landscapes in the region. Castle Hill is two hours from Christchurch and is worth a stop to explore the incredible ancient limestone rock formations that can be seen from the road.

Arthurs' Pass village is a good place for a coffee and snack break. Hokitika on the West Coast has a range of eateries, shops and activities available.

Queenstown to Franz Josef

This is one of New Zealand's iconic road trip routes, taking approximately five hours by road plus breaks. Follow SH 6 from Queenstown, through Wanaka and Hawea to Haast all the way up to Franz Josef Glacier - you will be rewarded with some incredible scenery along the way.

The lakes at both Wanaka and Hawea are excellent stops for photo opportunities with a number of excellent short walks, including the Blue Pools just past Makarora, Thunder Creek Falls and Roaring Billy Falls.

Greymouth to Franz Josef

This is a reasonably quick and very easy route along SH 6 taking just two and a half hours by road. Hokitika is a good option for lunch or coffee while the small former gold mining town of Ross provides an excellent chance to try your hand at gold panning.

Once you have reached our boutique town, you will find it's filled with multiple accommodation providers to suit all. You will be pressed for time with the range of activities on offer - hiking, kayaking, hot pools and of course the majestic Kā Roimata-o-Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier), just to name a few!



In the case of border disruptions, Franz Josef Glacier Guides are happy to offer a full refund on all trip products when you cancel within 24 hours. We are happy to discuss your options and help with rebooking your trip to a later date.


The changeable weather that shapes our dramatic landscape on the West Coast can also impact our ability to operate. We will not compromise the safety of our guests or staff in any circumstance. If the weather conditions create an unsafe environment to operate a trip, we will cancel it. All trips cancelled due to weather will be refunded or you may re-schedule to a later date.

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