The most spectacular glacier

There has never been a more dramatic time to visit Franz Josef Glacier.

It is currently in it’s biggest state of change since records began. Be sure to see it her at her best. The Franz Josef Glacier is the most spectacular commercially guided glacier in New Zealand, the more dramatic terrain a direct result of its rugged gradient.

We have more sunshine hours

The Franz Josef Glacier receives many more hours of direct sunlight throughout the year.

More time in the sun means a warmer, more enjoyable glacier experience. Tempertures on the ice are only a couple of degrees cooler than in the township. This means we can guide you up the glacier all year around in comfort.

You get more ice time

Our tours are longer in duration than others offered, with considerably more time on the ice, making them exceptional value for money.

We provide the best equipment

We provide the best quality equipment to all our clients, ensuring you are as warm and comfortable as possible:

  • 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)



A greater selection of accommodation and facilities makes Franz Josef the most attractive option for your glacier experience. If you are looking for anything from backpacker accommodation to 5* the township has the perfect place just waiting to rest your weary head.

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Glacier Hot pools

The inviting Glacier Hot Pools are surrounded by native bush and fed with pure local glacier water. It’s the perfect way to finish the day after a hike on the glacier - a truly enchanting, reviving and unforgettable experience located in the heart of Franz Josef township. Glacier Hot Pools entry is included in all our on ice experiences, and is available to upgrade to from our Glacier Valley Walk at a reduced rate.

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