franz josef is a locality that exists mainly to serve visitors to franz josef glacier. Located at the foot of the western slopes of mount cook, in the middle of the west coast of the south island of new zealand.
fox glacier township is on the west coast of new zealands south island, part of what is referred to as glacier country. Fox glacier township is quieter than the area near the franz josef glacier.
Westland tai poutini national park is halfway down the rugged west coast of the south island. The only road access is on state highway six, via hokitika in the north, around 1. 5 hours, or from the south via haast, which is about 2 hours.
Franz josef land (земля франца-иосифа) is an archipelago in the arctic ocean, and administratively part of arkhangelsk oblast, russia. About 300 km east of svalbard and 400 km north of novaya zemlya, franz josef is one of the remotest parts of the world. Its made up of 191 uninhabited islands, 85 of which are entirely covered by ice.
greymouth shows much of its industrial roots and is not an especially attractive town. Primarily recommended as a base when checking out punakaiki (pancake rocks), white water rafting, kayaking, visit shanty town or tours to franz josef glacier. Shanty town is a replica gold mining town complete with sawmill, gold sluice and gold panning.
Franz josef glacier (k roimata o hine hukatere) was explored by local iwi and in 1865 by geologist julius von haast, who named it after the austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a 1. 5 hour walk will take you to within 750m of its terminal face. If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a heli-hike or a guided ice walk.