Ice Explorer

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.

Sometimes even the best plans don't work out - sometimes helicopters don't fly. If your tour 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.

Visit our FAQ's page for more information.

Includes FREE ENTRY into the Main Pools at the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools! OR upgrade on checkout to a Private Pool for just $41(for 2 people)

  • Tailored Pace
  • Adventure Walk
  • Small Groups
  • Heli Transfer
  • Hot Pools
up to 4hrs

Ice Time:
up to 3hrs

Minimum Age:
12 yrs


Trip Times: Regular departures throughout the day
Low Season: $379 *
High Season (20 Dec to 28 Feb): $409 *
*Prices are per person and subject to change
  • "Glacier and hidden gem"

    Had a great ice explorer adventure then did the Tatare tunnel walk. This walk isn't on TA yet,
    but we found it in the local map. It involves a 30 minute walk to the tunnel itself


  • "A walk on icy side"

    A must do for any intrepid traveler. Put on the crampons and venture up to
    the peak of the Glacier for some spectacular views.


  • "Magnificent nature"

    The walk is challenging as the glaciers are quite high up
    but the views are astounding and well worth it!


  • "Stunning Scenery, Terrific Experience"

    This was a wonderful tour and one of our favorite and most memorable trips during our three
    week vacation in New Zealand...more

    Kim J, Hawaii


We have the best quality equipment

All our visitors and guides are equipped with the best in quality equipment:

  • Breathable Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers (if required)
  • Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots)
  • Crampons (with small waist bag) for superior glacier grip
  • Woollen hats and gloves (if required)

Simply making sure our clients are as warm and comfortable as possible.

wHat to brinG:

  • 2-4 warm upper body layers ideally woollen or polypro (not cotton)
  • Quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans)
  • Food and drink for the day
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera


  • iPods / MP3 players
  • Mobile Phones
  • Passports
  • Wallets
  • Car / Room Keys



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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