COVID-19 Update


Updated: 9th September 2021

To our customers and community,

We are thrilled to announce that Franz Josef Glacier Guides is open under the COVID-19 Alert level 2 guidelines. We cannot wait to welcome manuhiri back to the glacier!

Please find further information below on how Franz Josef Glacier Guides operates under all alert levels.

COVID-19 Alert Level Operating Procedures

Level 4: Temporarily closed.

Level 3: Temporarily closed.

Level 2: Open with restrictions;

  • Mandatory scan-in on arrival.
  • Mandatory mask use for all kaimahi (staff) and manuhiri (visitors). Free buffs will be available onsite.
  • All manuhiri (visitors) to always keep 2 metres apart, both indoors and outdoors where possible, unless you are within the same bubble.
  • All kaimahi (staff) to keep at least 1 metre apart where possible.
  • While on board our helicopters, passengers and drivers will be distanced 1 metre apart, as far as reasonably possible.

Ticket Purchasers:

If you have any existing bookings we will make contact with you to move or refund these or alternatively please email for assistance.


Do I have to wear a mask on the tour?

Yes, mask use is mandatory indoors and outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier for anyone over the age of 12.

I am based in Auckland and can no longer make my trip. Can I get a refund?

Yes, any bookings affected by COVID-19 can be refunded or moved to another date. For all other bookings our standard terms and conditions apply.

What cleaning procedures are in place to ensure a safe environment?

All customer facing areas are cleaned thoroughly and regularly throughout the day. All gear on the glacier is disinfected between use, this includes helicopter handles and seatbelts. All gear provided during boot up is swapped out for clean gear between trips and washed each day. Franz Josef Glacier Guides is a COVID clean approved business. 

 What is a COVID clean approved business?

The Qualmark award is a recognised and trusted sign of a quality travel experience; the COVID Clean Approved assessment has been designed to complement the high standard this award represents. By completing this assessment, it communicates to both staff and visitors that the operator is aware of and working to take measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For additional information about COVID-19 please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website or if you have symptoms call the NZ COVID-19 Healthline free on 0800 358 5453.

Ngā mihi,

Jon Tyler

Business Manager - Franz Josef Glacier Guides



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