Franz Josef Glacier
Abel Tasman National Park
West Coast is one of the most remote and most sparsely populated areas of New Zealand. Because the area is so remote and sparsely populated, exploring the place almost feels like you are on an uninhabited island. There is a lot of magnificent places to discover in the West Coast including the Franz Josef Glacier and the beautiful beaches.
Franz Jozef Glacier
The Franz Jozef Glacier is part of the national park: Te Wahipounamu. The glacier is 12km long and can be explored by foot or by helicopter. Accompanied by a guide, you can explore the glacier and learn more about the area. There are also hot pools nearby so when it gets a little bit too cold, you can jump in one of those!
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The Fox Glacier can be explored either by helicopter, by foot or by climbing. All are guided by experts to properly guide you through the glacier and show you the best spots. As the motorcycle tour goes to both the Franz Jozef Glacier and the Fox Glacier, it’s up to you which one you want to explore. Perhaps even both!
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Punakaiki is a small community in the north of the region. The city is known for it’s ‘Pancake Rocks’. It looks like these rocks are layered pancakes hence the name Pancake Rocks. In combination with blowholes, that shoot water up in the sky, it is a great place to visit.
Besides the Pancake Rocks, you can also rent a canoe and explore the Porari River or explore the cave systems where Glow Worms can be found. There is also an option to go ‘Underworld Rafting’ which is rafting through the cave systems.
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