Alex Knob Track

Alex Knob Track

Franz Josef Glacier Area


22 Rankers Reviews

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View from the top of Alex's Knob
The winter vista over Franz Josef Glacier


Time: 8 hr return

This is a great walk that starts fairly gently through the bush, then starts a serious incline for a few hours up to the top of Alex Knob. The view from the top is amazing over the Franz Josef glacier - this is well worth the walk on a nice day.


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DOC West Coast

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


  • Walking
  • Free


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RTM's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Excellent hike, so nice to work up through the various layers of forest to the sub-alpine tussock grass. We had a great day with little wind. Would not do if it was cloudy. Helicopters are annoying at start, but fade as one gets higher.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Axel and Patricia G


Ranking: 8/10

Although we walked just to the first lookout (Rata lookout) it had already a great view of the Glacier. There were only a few tourists. You have to watch your steps (roots and steps) and climb a few times.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Anne Bezanson


Ranking: 9/10

Not a lot of people on the track and at the viewpoint. We nearly had the glacier area to ourselves. Very nice swing bridge, quite new, amazing viewpoint, some slippery parts.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jake Bullin


Ranking: 6/10

Nice walk with half of it being uphill, the other half downhill. Great view at the top and a good bit of exercise. Not much variation though in this walk.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jessics Hagan


Ranking: 8/10

Excellent walk and views from the top. Said to be an 8 hour walk, it took us about five. Please be aware of the helicopters flying over head for much of the walk, not so good for the serenity of a bush walk. But we still thoroughly enjoyed our walk.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Calvin Becker


Ranking: 2/10

Nothing to see, two lookouts, the rest is forest. You cannot see more than from the ground and the helis are annoying!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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isabel Zander


Ranking: 4/10

Really, really exhausting. You have got just two lookouts and the rest of the time you just see the forest and go uphill.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Julian Zeissler


Ranking: 9/10

Very hard track but it is worth it. Amazing views of the glacier, sea and the whole landscape.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice track, a heavy one but the view from above is amazing.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Joanna Mulcahy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

More of a climb that a walk but the views of the glacier are beautiful if it is a clear day. The helicopters make it quite noisy to begin with, but that soon stops as you get higher.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful landscape and free trek.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk with different landscape, different levels of difficulties, and awesome view at the top.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Antoine's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Good track but the weather was cloudy and we cannot see the lots of things so a bit disappointed.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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