Follow the State Highway south out of Franz Josef township, cross the bridge and turn left immediately towards the glacier car park which is reached after a further 4km.
A visit to the FJ glacier does not now offer a close up view of the terminal face. It is dangerous to travel too far into the deep valley because of unstable rocks and hidden chasms that could open up underfoot. This environment is subject to extremes of weather, flooding and occasional rock falls. Do not cross any barriers and follow all advice shown on signage. There have been serious accidents where people failed to do this. Take protective outdoor clothing, some food and water. Check at the Franz Josef DOC visitor centre for accessibility updates before you leave.
From the car park it is about a 2.7km walk to the end of the track and viewing area. Expect to take about 40 minutes. The track is rough but mostly level until towards the end where it is a bit steeper.