Story: National parks

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is one of the famous sights of Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Like Fox Glacier to the south, it is unusual because it reaches West Coast rainforest near its end, and the huge cascade of ice is fringed by ferns and trees.

Listen to Philip Liner interviewing a guide at Franz Josef Glacier in 1987.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National parks - Western and central South Island parks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/14451/franz-josef-glacier (accessed 2 April 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015