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Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers - Roadside Stories

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers - Roadside Stories


State Highway 6, Fox Glacier Township

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The Franz Josef and Fox glaciers descend to unusually low altitudes, reaching into rainforest near the sea. In Māori tradition, Franz Josef is Kā Roimata o Hine Hukarere – the tears of Hine Hukarere, a young woman whose lover fell to his death there. Fox Glacier is the resting place of her lover, Tuawe.


Glaciers and glaciation,

Fox Glacier, 1872,

Franz Josef Glacier: advances and retreats,

Johann Franz Julius von Haast,

William Fox,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number T6589).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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