Franz Josef Glacier - Day Trip From Hokitika
A visit to Franz Josef is easily doable in a day from Hokitika. It takes about 1hr 20mins to drive there. Then you can decide how you want to spend your time. There are a number of options - just decide what takes your fancy and fits your budget.
Many people choose a guided walk to the glacier, which I can highly recommend and there are number of companies to choose from. They all offer an excellent service and you will be in good hands whoever you choose.
Another popular option is to take a heli-hike. I've done this myself and it is incredible and well worth the money. It also takes less time and so gives you more time to do other things while down there.
You can also take a scenic flight landing on the ice, without the hike.
If you have time to kill either before or after your glacier trip, there a a lot of other activities to choose from.
If all this activity sounds a bit much or you need to revive your muscles then I can highly recommend a soak in the hot pools at www.glacierhotpools.co.nz There are 3 pools, each one a different temperature. You can also book massages and spa treatments. A great way to unwind after a walk on the ice.