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Franz Josef and Fox Glacier Tourism

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Franz Josef Glacier: Also known as Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere (The tears of Hinehukatere in Maori), the Franz Josef Glacier is situated in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, in the Southern Island of New Zealand’s west coast. Spread across a distance of 12 kilometers, this western glacier is set amidst a beautiful, lush green temperate rainforest and attracts up to 250,000 tourists a year.

Fox Glacier: Lying in the shadows of the nearby Aoraki/Mount Cook and the Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier is hardly a few minutes away from Franz Josef Glacier. When combined with Franz Josef glacier, Fox Glacier spreads over a distance of 20 km and plummets from an altitude of 2,600 meters from the Southern Alps. Even while several glaciers around the world are retreating, the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers continue to flow at sea level. However, off late, both the glaciers have slowly started retreating, thanks to global warming.

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Franz Josef Glacier: Also known as Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere (The tears of Hinehukatere in Maori), the Franz Josef Glacier is situa...

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