Franz Josef – Fox Glacier
We have found that our clients often need transport to either Fox Glacier or Franz Josef to continue their holiday in New Zealand, DRIVER Queenstown offers you a relaxed and comfortable transport option – No need to travel on a bus for 5 hours !
Franz Josef Glacier is currently 12 km (7.5 mi) long and terminates 19 km (12 mi) from the Tasman Sea. Fed by a 20-square-kilometer (7.7 sq mi) large snowfield at high altitude, it exhibits a cyclic pattern of advance and retreat, driven by differences between the volume of melt-water at the foot of the glacier and volume of snowfall feeding the névé. Franz Josef Glacier had periods of advances from 1946 to 1951 (340 m), 1965–1967 (400 m), 1983–1999 (1420 m) and 2004–2008 (280 m). The glacier advanced rapidly during the Little Ice Age, reaching a maximum in the early eighteenth century. Having retreated several kilometers between the 1940s and 1980s, the glacier entered an advancing phase in 1984 and at times has advanced at the phenomenal (by glacial standards) rate of 70 cm a day. The flow rate is about 10 times that of typical glaciers. Over the longer term, the glacier has retreated since the last ice age, and it is believed that it extended into the sea some 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.
The Transport Schedule
- Collection at approx 8 am
- Transport to Makarora (2 hours approx) Short stop for coffee – toilet break
- Possible stops along the way include : Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Fantail Falls, The Blue Pools, Ships Creek. (drive time 2:30 hours)
- Approx arrival time is 1:30 pm
- DRIVER will return to Queenstown
Contact us for a full tour schedule and more information.