|I left Wanaka to travel to the west coast and the Franz Josef glacier. The glacier is unique not only because it is one of only a few glaciers in the world but it is also in the middle of a rain forest. I stayed in Franz Josef two nights so that I could do a guided glacier hike. I opted for the full day hike which was at times difficult but well worth the work and the price. We walked up steep ice steps and through narrow crevices with barely enough space to walk. The hike took about 7 hours and was worth every penny.