Franz Josef Glacier Guides is proud to deliver world class guiding experiences by a passionate and committed guiding team.

Dedicated to the pursuit of adventure, we stay loyal to our stomping ground with one shared goal; provide the best glacial terrain to explore. Encompassed by lush temperate rainforest, soak in the natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier as your guide navigates glacial features and crafts your path with their ice axe.

On your journey you may encounter features that accentuate the popular blue ice experience, regarded as a ‘trip highlight’, whilst surrounded by soaring seracs (ice towers), reaching up to 40m tall! It doesn’t stop there, sitting at 1200m above sea level, our glacier showcases unbeatable views of the Tasman sea and glacier valley. It is no wonder the Franz Josef Glacier is regarded as the treasure of the west coast! This is our passion, and we want to share it with you.


Heli Hike

Adult From$485

After a short, thrilling flight over lush native rainforest, you will land on the Franz Josef Glacier, where your guide with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, will lead you through the most awe-inspiring glacier scenery Aotearoa (New Zealand) has to offer. Please note this product is operated by The Helicopter Line, with guided services provided by Franz Josef Glacier Guides.

Heli Transfer

Moderate Hike

Up to 2.5 hours ice time

Heli Ice Climb

Adult From$620

Under the expert tuition of our experienced guides, we will introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice-climbing, whilst still enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Franz Josef Glacier. Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.

Heli Transfer

Challenging Climb

Up to 6 ice time