Franz Josef, New Zealand

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Franz Josef
West Coast
Franz Josef
Franz Josef
Coordinates: 43°23′21″S 170°10′55″E / 43.38917°S 170.18194°E / -43.38917; 170.18194
Country New Zealand
Region West Coast
District Westland District
Population (2006)
 • Total 330

Franz Josef is a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Whataroa is 32 km to the north-east, and the township of Fox Glacier is 23 km to the south-west. State Highway 6 runs through the town. The Waiho River runs from the Franz Josef Glacier to the south, through the town, and into the Tasman Sea to the north-west.[1][2]

The population was 330 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 9 from 2001.[3]

The town is named after the Franz Josef Glacier - itself named by Julius von Haast in honour of the Emperor of Austria Franz Josef I of Austria. The glacier's terminal face is 5 km from the town and its accessibility makes it a major tourist attraction and the reason many people visit Franz Josef. The town is located within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Franz Josef
Franz Josef, February 2009

Coordinates: 43°24′S 170°11′E / 43.400°S 170.183°E / -43.400; 170.183


Franz Josef Glacier School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 9 and a roll of 19.[4]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 74. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 173. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Quickstats about Franz Josef
  4. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Franz Josef Glacier School". Ministry of Education.