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The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers, and one of the most impressive sights to be found anywhere in the world.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public. We offer a range of glacier hiking tours and experiences that will get you up close to the ice like never before. Our guided tours are tailored to suit visitors of most abilities. The ultimate New Zealand adventure tour is now ready and available for everyone.

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Glacier Heli Hike

After an exciting flight, you land high up on the glacier for up to a three hour guided hike amongst some of the most awe-inspiring glacier scenery, as you make your way through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliantly blue ice.

  • Heli Flight
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups
  • Glacier Goodie Bag
  • Hot Pools

Glacier Valley Walk

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.

  • Spectacular Views
  • Small Groups
  • Interpretive Walk

Heli Ice Climb

A day packed with adventure. Provided with expert tuition and all technical equipment, this is a great way to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice-climbing, whilst still enjoying the dramatic scenery and awesome terrain of the Franz Josef Glacier. Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.

  • Heli Transfer
  • Expert Tuition
  • High-tech Equipment
  • Adrenaline Highs
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Photo of The Month

WWAR Winner March 2017 cropped

Every month one lucky person wins a full refund of their trip with #wannawinarefund. It was a very tough decision this month with all the fantastic entries, however we felt Charlie's shot was a stand out - perfectly capturing the stunning blue colour of one of the glacier features. If you loved your trip with us and would like to win a refund remember to upload your favourite pic from your trip to our Facebook page and use #wannawinarefund to enter.

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Our webcams have been destroyed!  Our cheeky little clown of the mountains, the kea has decided that our irresistibly tempting camera was just too good to pass up - so we are offline until we can find a kea proof one!

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Free hot pools entry

Our Glacier Tours now include free entry to the Glacier Hot Pools...
Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation.

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