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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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We are privileged to guide in a national park, with limited access onto the ice

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Which trip is for you…

Ice Explorer

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, where your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years.

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

Glacier Heli Hike

After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier for a two 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.

  • Scenic Heli Flight
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups
  • Mountains to the Sea DVD
  • 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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And the winner of April's wanna win a refund competition is this shot by Masha- Our only question for her is; didn't your mother ever tell you not to do this!  Great shot Masha, congratulations a refund is winging it's way to you.  We refund one visitor every month for the best photo taken on one of our trips #wannawinarefund

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View from our live webcams

Check out a live view of the majestic Franz Josef Glacier!  Click below to see our sponsored webcam images.

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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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