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Agassiz Glacier
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Agassiz Glacier in 2001
Map showing the location of Agassiz Glacier
Map showing the location of Agassiz Glacier
Location in West Coast
Coordinates 43°30′11″S 170°12′36″E / 43.503121°S 170.210023°E / -43.503121; 170.210023
Terminus Franz Josef Glacier / Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere

The Agassiz Glacier is located near the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. The Agassiz Glacier is a tributary of the larger Franz Josef Glacier, and is itself fed by the Chamberlin Snowfield and the Davis Snowfield. It is named after Louis Agassiz, a Swiss-American glaciologist, and was discovered and named by the German geologist, Sir Johann "Julius" von Haast.

In 2015 the glacier was informally 'unnamed' as part of a worldwide campaign to disassociate Agassiz's name from various geographic features and, in this instance, to replace it with a relevant Māori name.

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