New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Location:West Coast & Glacier Country

The ultimate New Zealand adventure tour, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

Glacier Valley Walk 3hrs

Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic! Your Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, you will cross over the public barriers and after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier.

This leisurely and informative trip is customised to suit every walking group, no trip is exactly the same. Accessing exclusive trails and including a summit snack and great storytelling from your guide there has never been a more extraordinary time to visit Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Spectacular Views
  • Small Groups
  • Interpretive Walk

**Please note this trip does not take you onto the ice.

  • Duration: up to 3hrs
  • Ice Time: Nil
  • Minimum Age: 6 yrs
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Trip Times: 10.15am, 2.15pm


Ice Explorer 4hrs

This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. A short heli hop from the township takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. You will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Tailored Pace
  • Adventure Walk
  • Small Groups
  • Heli Transfer

Includes FREE ENTRY into the Glacier Hot Pools

  • Duration: up to 4hrs
  • Ice Time: up to 3hrs
  • Difficulty: moderate

Trip Times: Regular departures throughout the day

Heli-Hike 3hrs

After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier and undertake a two hour guided hike amongst some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery available. Your guide chooses the route as you go and with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations you'll soon be making your way through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliantly blue ice.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable experience whilst in New Zealand.

  • Scenic Heli Flight
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups
  • Mountains to the Sea DVD
  • Glacier Goodie Bag

Includes FREE ENTRY into the Glacier Hot Pools

  • Duration: up to 3hrs
  • Ice Time: up to 2hrs
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Trip Times: Winter 10.15am, 12.45pm - Summer 9.15am, 11.45am, 2.15pm

Sometimes even the best plans don't work out - sometimes helicopters don't fly. If your trip is cancelled due to weather, Franz Josef Glacier Guides will automatically transfer you onto our Glacier Valley Walk the same day. There is no obligation to participate and you can cancel at any time.

We just want to make sure you don't miss out on a great glacier experience.

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