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easy short hike, amazing views, tons of people. worth it.

Nice easy trail with cool historic mill and mine artifacts along the way. Great biking trail as well.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

It's really easy track. Quite a number of waterfalls can be found along the journey.

I heard folks complaining that the glacier was mostly retreating. Sure, it is. But this hike is beautiful regardless. It's short and sweet.

a Nice walk. And they pad is in good condision. it is a short walk and a lot of visitors. Theater view on theater glacier is good.

Rocky riverbed path to the glacier. Amazing waterfalls along the way, some you can walk up to. Glacier is magnificent. Would recommend a helicopter hike if you have time and money - only way to actually hike in the glacier

trail running
3 months ago

It’s a nice little stroll I guess, and worth an hour or two if you’re stopping in Franz Josef, however the glacier is underwhelming to say the least. I know it has shrunk a good deal in the last few decades which is a shame, but it basically just looks like a dirty snowdrift and it’s about a kilometre from the lookout point. This track is hella easy so I have no doubt it is crowded in peak season.

To easy to busy

hiking
6 months ago

This is where the hobbits live. Lush and interesting. Such a beautiful climb. 3.5hrs total, with lots of pictures, at a steady pace. I would do this hike a hundred times over.

Easy walk to (near) the base of the glacier. The track is really well maintained and great to walk on. If you're only stopping by in Franz Josef thus is a good little out and back walk to do.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome track! Took us two hours to reach the end (one way) and it was worth it. The track is not exhausting (I am medium fit) but can be a bit slippery aspecially when you go back down.

Lived in Okarito and couldn’t stop doing this track, absolutely loved it! If you’re into kayaking just as much as walking would also recommend Okarito Kayak Tours while you’re in the region.

walking
9 months ago

Short maintained walk to views of ocean, mountains, and a dune lake all in a single panorama view. Nice break from driving.

A really fun and hard trail. We did it up in 2 hours and down in an hour and 15ish. Going up and through all the amazing stairs and bridges and up loads of rocks was so much fun! hard sweaty work but worth it at the view of the top and with the fun going down too. Wear hiking shoes and absolutely BE CAREFUL! It's super slippery in places and weather changed really quickly as we were going down.

Wide trail accommodated a steady stream of visitors w/o delays.

hiking
11 months ago

Incredible view of the glacier. We even saw and heard the ice falling.

If it’s raining it will be slippery and water crossings need care.

An excellent hike with exciting bridge crossings. Worth all of the effort and getting wet if in the rain.

hiking
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Easy surface and trail through varying vegetation and along river bed with a great though distant view of the glacier.

hiking
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

There was a huge parking lot but was full of cars. Had to wait for parking spots to open before being allowed to drive in and park. Hike started out with a little bit of rain and then it started pouring rain. Gave the hike 5 stars because the trail is well maintained and the description was perfect. The glacier is worth checking out if you have the time and the right weather.

hiking
Friday, December 29, 2017

Expect a strenuous true tramping style track. Lots of wet roots, stones, 4 swing bridges and suspend stairs, the experience and the view are well worth the hard work.

hiking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's a busy hike from the parking lot, with many tour buses crowding the spots. Still, the trail is very well maintained for how often it erodes according to the meticulous trail management New Zealand is known for. A worthwhile jaunt on your way along the west coast.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Pretty cool.
Went on a real overcast day, so it was difficult to see the glacier.
One steep incline, we just missed a rock slide by a few hours!

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The glacier has sensibly retreated compared to most photos on the internet. The track ends quite far away from the terminal face. Overall good views on the way of the upper section and beautiful waterfalls. Easy, fits also families, no wheelchairs.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Good climb with an amazing end point. definitely worth the hard work!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This was an awesome hike with incredible views. Good for all levels.

walking
Saturday, December 17, 2016

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