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viewing a glacier in New Zealand

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Hi everyone, I'm an American living in Auckland and my mom and sister will be visiting us in October. They will be here 11 days and would like to see a little bit of NZ. My mom's top priority is seeing a glacier.

It seems like the Franz Joseph is the easiest to see. We won't be doing any glacier hiking - just viewing. The Franz Joseph website says that it's only a 20 minute walk from the car park to the glacier - is that right? My mom isn't a big hiker and we'll have my 4 year old daughter with me.

Also, what's the best way to get to Franz Joseph? The idea of driving from Queenstown does not appeal since we'll have a 4 year old in the back seat, but we'll do it if we have to. If we fly into Hokitika, how far is it?

Thanks for any advice you can give.

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