Walking New Zealand

New Zealand Walk: The Terrace Walk, Franz Josef

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The Terrace Walk at Franz Josef provides a good introducti­on to the rainforest of the Glacier Region of the West Coast as well and an opportunit­y to see glow worms after dark - it’s a great option with children. This easy walk winds a short way along the bush-clad terraces at the south end of the village. The trail is relatively flat until the last few meters, when it winds uphill and becomes somewhat rocky. This walk leads you through a flat section of Wild West Coast podocarp forest before you start a gradual ascent up a line of gold mining tailings. You will be able to see the remains of flumes and water pipes just before the small wooden bridge that crosses a creek 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. 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. No dogs are allowed. The distance is 1.8km return via the same track. It is classed as an easy 30 minute short walk.

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Above: The gravel track is mostly flat for the first part. Below right: As the track climbs it gets very stoney..
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