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Franz Joseph, South Island
New Zealand

Franz Joseph, South Island, New Zealand.
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Coming from Greymouth and heading south on State Highway 6, it is the Franz Josef Glacier, the smaller of the two popular Westland glaciers, that you reach first. Greymouth is the largest New Zealand town on the West Coast. It lies northwest of Christchurch with the Tasman Sea to the west. It's about 180 kilometres from Greymouth to the Franz Josef Glacier, first explored by Austrian Julius Haast in 1865, in the Westland national park. Haast named the glacier after the Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I.

Franz Joseph has a small range of gay and gay friendly accommodations to suit all budgets and tastes for the gay and lesbian traveler, ranging from gay owned and gay friendly hostels, gay bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and lodges.

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers. The good news for visitors to the glacier is the quality and experience of the expert guides. They will give you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public, anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

Exploring the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area is an adventure. As well as the ancient Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glaciers nestled amidst primeval rainforest, you’ll discover lakes, rivers, forests and beaches that are as untamed yet accessible, and as pure as you will find anywhere. There is so much more to do and see. How about a scenic flight over the alpine snowfield, or a heart stopping skydive? Then there’s the chance to visit New Zealand's only white heron (Kotuku) nesting colony or kayaking the stunning Okarito lagoon. A visit to Lake Matheson, renowned for its mirror images of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, New Zealand's highest peaks, is a must for any photographer. And don’t forget the fabulous local cuisine you will savor when dining at any of the local restaurants and cafes.

Life is relaxed on the West Coast and there is a strong community spirit here, borne from the area's early isolation and pioneering history. This spirit underpins the legendary West Coast hospitality ensuring visitors happy and enduring memories. If you're planning to stay, overnight, bookings should be made in advance to be sure you have someplace to sleep. One other point, if you’re self catering, be prepared to pay more in the local store than in a city supermarket.

So, if you’re and gay and lesbian traveler planning to explore this part of the South Island of New Zealand, then a stay at Franz Joseph should be included in your itinerary. You won’t be disappointed.

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