The walk provides a good introduction to the rainforest of the Glacier Region as well and an opportunity to see glow worms after dark – it’s a great option with children.

30 min 1.8 km return via same track Easiest: Short walk Family Friendly, Short Walk (under 1 hour)

This easy walk winds a short way along the bush-clad terraces at the south end of the village.

There is no access beyond the bridge due to a slip and you will need to return the way you came.

Take a torch and explore this walk at night to see glow-worms in the forest, especially under and around large fallen trees alongside the track.


Getting there

The walk starts off State Highway 6, at the southern end of Franz Josef village near the ‘Our Lady of the Alps’ church on the left hand side of the road heading south towards Fox Glacier.  The track entrance has a very small parking area, but there is plenty of parking in town just a short walk away.


Know before you go

  • Check the current track conditions and weather forecasts at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre before starting your trip.
  • Always take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change rapidly.
  • Carry drinking water, insect repellent and sun protection at all times.

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