A little bit about us

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is an internationally recognized guiding operation, established in 1990. We pride ourselves on providing the most incredible experience of the glacier and surrounding areas.

We have exclusive guiding access to Franz Josef Glacier, which means we are the only company able to land on the glacier and operate hiking or climbing trips there.  Combining traditional guiding techniques unique to Aotearoa (New Zealand) with modern innovations, we are able to access remote glacier terrain that would normally only be accessible to experienced mountaineers.  

We are not only passionate about the glacier but also the West Coast, which we live and breathe. We make a clear commitment to our guests that a tour with us is the most spectacular and rewarding available.

You will find us in the glacier base building on Cron Street, which is also home to Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism. 

At Ngāi Tahu Tourism our purpose is to make the connection with our customers, through our people, to our place and to Ngāi Tahu. Ngāi Tahu Tourism is owned by Ngāi Tahu, the biggest iwi (Māori tribe) by population in the South Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand).