Forest Walk & Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park NZ
Very short walks to good views of the Franz Joseph Glacier. Can sometimes be extended on the Franz Valley Walk.
On a typically wet and cloudy visit to Franz Josef Glacier we wanted to at least get a good look at the glacier before moving on to our next destination. We did get a look from Rata Lookout two days earlier on the Alex Knob Track, however with some clear weather on the morning we left we stopped to do two very short walks, both with glacier views: The Forest Walk to Glacier View (the first part of the Franz Valley Track), and the Sentinel Rock Walk, which is a short side trip up a hill. You get a decent look at the quickly receding Franz Joseph Glacier from the end of these tracks, however the highlight is probably the overall Franz Valley.
When conditions allow you can walk much closer to the glacier on the Franz Valley Track, but after some consistent rain the Waho River was high and they closed the track beyond a view point on the Forest Walk. The views in my photos below are the very minimum you can expect in clear weather.