How to Get to Franz Josef from Auckland

How to Get to Franz Josef from Auckland

Getting to Franz Josef from Auckland can be tricky for those unfamiliar with the area, and it can be quite easy to make a wrong turn or take the wrong bus. 

Fortunately, for you, we’re here to guide you through the journey! First, let’s go over your options.

There are two main ways to get to Franz Josef from Auckland: flying and driving. 

We’ll show you how to get to Franz Josef from Auckland, no matter which method of transportation you choose!

How to get to Franz Josef from Auckland by flying 

DifficultyEasy ●●○○○
Number of steps$7
Time to get to Liverpool Hut6 hours

(Time can vary depending on flight stops and driving traffic)

Things you need• Mobile phone/computer with wifi to book plane tickets

• Credit/debit card

• Transportation to Auckland Airport

• Transport from Queenstown/Hokitika airport to Franz Josef

1. Check for available flights from Auckland to Hokitika Airport or Queenstown Airport using online travel booking sites or airline company websites. We used Google Flights to estimate how much our flights would cost for our desired dates.

Check for available flights from Auckland to Hokitika Airport or Queenstown Airport using online travel booking sites or airline company websites

2. Select a flight that fits your itinerary and budget, then book the ticket online. We ended up using Jetstar to book our flights.

Select a flight that fits your itinerary and budget, then book the ticket online

3. Once you arrive at Auckland Airport, go to your airline’s check-in counter with your ticket and travel documents for verification.

4. Go through security checks, then proceed to the designated gate for your flight.

5. After landing at your destination airport (Hokitika or Queenstown), retrieve your luggage, proceed to the car rental counter, or book a shuttle transfer to Franz Josef. 

6. If renting a car, navigate to Franz Josef, which usually takes three hours from Hokitika Airport or four hours from Queenstown Airport.

7. Enjoy the scenic drive through stunning landscapes before arriving at the famous glacier town of Franz Josef.

How to get to Franz Josef from Auckland by driving  

DifficultyMedium ●●●○○○
Number of steps$21
Time to get to Liverpool Hut18 hours
Things you need• Car

• Mobile phone for navigation

The travel directions from Auckland to Franz Josef may vary depending on your location. However, here are some general directions to follow.

  1. Plan your route. When planning our trip, we compared routes on Google Maps and Waze to see which route was faster. 
  1. Check all relevant documents. Make sure your insurance papers and driving license are valid and up to date before starting your journey. 
  1. Prepare your car for the long journey. Before beginning your road trip, ensure your car is in good condition by checking the engine oil and air pressure in the tires and ensuring your headlights/tail lights work. 
  1. Familiarize yourself with NZ’s traffic laws. Knowing the laws of the road will help you avoid getting a ticket and any fees. 
  1. Fill up your gas tank to at least ¼ full but not over ½ a tank. Take advantage of lower petrol prices outside of Auckland at the gas stations along the road.
  1. Begin driving and navigate to the State Hwy 1 S ramp. This applies no matter where your starting point is. 
  1. Get on the State Hwy 1 S ramp. 
  1. Follow State Hwy 1 S ramp to Horahora Rd in Piarere. 
  1. Follow Old Taupo Rd, State Hwy 32 and State Hwy 41 to Volcanic Loop Hwy/State Hwy 1 in Tūrangi. 
  1. Follow State Hwy 1 to Centennial Hwy in Ngauranga, Wellington.
  1. Take the exit toward State Hwy 2/Hutt Valley/Picton Ferry from State Hwy 
  1. Follow State Hwy 1 to Centennial Hwy in Ngauranga, Wellington. 
  1. Take the exit toward State Hwy 2/Hutt Valley/Picton Ferry from State Hwy 1. 
  1. Continue on Centennial Hwy. 
  1. Take Hutt Rd to Wellington – Picton (Interislander Cook Strait Ferry). 
  1. Take the Wellington – Picton (Interislander Cook Strait Ferry). The ferry lasts about 3 hours and 50 minutes. 
  1. Follow Lagoon Rd and Kent St to State Hwy 1 in Picton. 
  1. Follow State Hwy 1 and State Hwy 62 to Conders Bend Rd in Renwick. 
  1. Follow State Hwy 63 to State Hwy 6 in Glenhope. Stay on this route for 118 km (1 hour 28 min). 
  1. Follow State Hwy 6, State Hwy 7 and State Hwy 6 to Wallace St in Franz Josef / Waiau. This will last for 369 km (4 hours 40 min). 
  1. Drive to Cron St and enter into the town of Franz Josef.  You’ve arrived in Franz Josef!