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One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

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One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

From Queenstown , we , the 3 of us ,plan to drive to the glaciers on May 28, 2018, and stay overnight here hoping to get into a hot pool . Then next day ie 29 th do a helicopter ride to land on a glacier .. simply land .. no helihike ..

Stay overnight on 29 th.

On 30th drive to Christchurch, stopping for lunch somewhere ( maybe Arthurs Pass?)

On 31 v early morning depart catch our international flight back to USA.

Can you help with suggestions as to how we can plan this please ?

We like nature, and have budgeted for one helicopter ride in our New Zealand trip.. any tips on which helicopter company ? Does the Joseph village have a hot pool too ? As the Joseph glacier is supposed to be less touristy

in a bit of a panic because we leave for New Zealand in 3 days .

Any tips , ideas, suggestions etc will be most welcome and appreciate.

thanks in advance

Mary

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1. Re: One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

Website for Franz Joseph hot pools: https://www.glacierhotpools.co.nz

Cheers!

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2. Re: One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

There are two main glaciers franz josef glacier and fox glacier in the area you mention.. There is no joseph glacier. I prefer fox glacier as you get stunning views of mt tasman and mt cook from the glacier on a fine day. Plus its less busy.

Dont go to franz josef for the hot pools. They are not thermal pools. They are gigantic bathtubs shared by lots of people!!! Hanmer is the place to enjoy thermal pools in south island.

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3. Re: One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

The drive Queenstown to Franz Josef is a very long drive - especially in the shorter daylight hours of late May. We locals suggest you stay the night Wanaka before driving to Franz - visitors average 6 hours to drive Wanaka to Franz.

The West Coast is one of the wettest places on the planet (which helps the rainforest grow) so chances are high any helicopter flights will be cancelled or postponed. You might be best to consider a heli-flight with snow landing in Wanaka (one of the driest spots in NZ, but nestled in the stunning Southern Alps).

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4. Re: One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

what does the rest of your itinerary look like?

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thank you very much

much appreciated

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Rough Itinerary New Zealand .. May 2018

Day 1 Travelling

Day 2 Travelling

Day 3 Arrive Auckland late afternoon

Have dinner

Day 4 Drive to Bay of Islands

Sightseeing rest of day

Doubtless Bay in evening

Day 5 Half day Cape Reinga Tour with lunch

Night walk Trounson park

Day 6 Dolphin Cruise Morning

Late afternoon drive to Auckland

Day 7 Drive to Rotorua

Te Puia Tour afternoon (1.5 hrs)

Maori Cultural Experience in evening 5:30pm

Day 8 White Island Tour (Whatakane – 6/8 hours)

Day 9 Fly to South Island

Drive to Kaikoura

Day 10 Whale watching Tour morning

Day 11 Dolphin watching Tour

Drive to Akaroa evening

Day 12 Swim with dolphins morning tour

Day 13 Drive to Dunedin (via Moeraki Boulders Scenic Reserve)

Sandfly Bay Walk in mid afternoon

Day 14 Monarch Half Day Tour with Penguin Place at 1pm

Day 15 Royal Albaross Centre Tour morning

Drive to Te Anau

Day 16 Milford Sound Small Coach Tour

Drive to Queenstown evening

Day 17 Drive to Franz Joseph Glacier

Day 18 Glacier Helicopter Ride

Hot pools in glacier

Day 19 Drive to Christchurch

Stop at Arthurs Pass

Day 20 Fly back

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7. Re: One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

You may be better to drive to Mt Cook for a couple of nights and do your helicopter flight there, then on to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. As mentioned above, Queenstown to Franz Josef is going to be a long day, especially this time of year and generally not advised. The chances of the flight being cancelled is fairly high.

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8. Re: One and a half days this May , 2018 in Franz Joseph

thank you

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