Franz Josef

Franz Josef is a one street town, with no stoplights, in the West Coast of New Zealand. The main attraction is the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier where we spent a day exploring. The town is named after the Franz Josef Glacier – itself named by Julius von Haast in honour of the Emperor of Austria Franz Josef I of Austria.The beautiful surrounds make the glacier even better. The Waiho River runs from the Franz Josef Glacier to the south, through the town, and into the Tasman Sea to the north-west offering a very picturesque scene.

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