Franz Josef Parking Waterfall


Franz Josef Parking Waterfall

Un-officially named, Franz Josef Parking Waterfall is found at the begging of the walk path which leads to Franz Josef Glacier. It’s seen from a DOC track and isn’t required any payments.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 25' 56.4738" E 170° 9' 50.6196"
Parking: Franz Josef Glacier Road, Franz Josef Glacier
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 5min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 25m Type of the waterfall: Ribbon



Walking and driving instructions


Franz Josef Parking Waterfall is roughly a 10-minutes' drive away from Franz Josef Village, or 2-hours’ from Hokitika. The road surface is always sealed.

From Franz Josef Village head south on the SH-6, then, immediately past the bridge over the Waiho River, turn left into Franz Josef Glacier Rd and follow it for the next 3.5 km. The carpark is at the end of Franz Josef Glacier Rd. There are picnic tables and toilets there.

From the parking follow the popular Franz Josef Glacier Walk (you don't need to pay for it), then roughly in 5 minutes you'll see the waterfall on the on the right hand side. We are not sure whether a closer approach is possible.

From here, follow the rocky path until you reach a viewing platform overlooking the terminal face of the Franz Josef Glacier (45 minutes), or return back via the same track (2 minutes). The walk is more or less simple but it could be dangerous. Please refer to the DOC site, Hazards section for more information.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


A trip to the glacier's land (Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers) is an unforgettable event, doesn't matter if you've been there before or not, you'll always find something new there.

There are plenty of tracks here. DOC tracks (free of charge tracks): Te Ara a Waiau Walkway (2-hrs return), Sentinel Rock Wall (20-minutes), Forest Walk to Glacier View (30-minutes), Peters Pool (25-minutes), Douglas Walk (1-hr), Lake Wombat Walk (1.5-hrs), Roberts Point Track (5-hrs 20-minutes) and Alex Knob Track (8-hrs).

With Franz Josef Glacier Guides you can chose any of the following options: Ice Explorer (up to 3-hrs), Glacier Heli Hike (up to 2-hrs), Glacier Valley Walk (up to 3-hrs) and Heli Ice Climb (up to 4-hrs).


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