Franz Josef Glacier guides is proud to deliver world class guiding experiences delivered by a passionate and committed guiding team.
Dedicated to the pursuit of adventure, we stay loyal to our home playground with one shared goal; to 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 an 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.
Pinnacles and Peaks Package
The pinnacles and peaks package is the evolutionary step in glacier experiences. Take the most skilled guides and New Zealand’s most unmatched glacier terrain, this trip is designed with the most curious explorer at its core. Franz Josef Glacier Guides have broken boundaries with innovation and creativity, employing fixed line travel to take your glacier experience to new heights.
Catering to most skill levels, this 2.5-hour hike will guarantee to provide you with the most informative, venturesome and memorable adventure. Balance the trill of a Heli hike with a relaxing stay at the Rainforest Retreat, nestled amongst the west coast’s lush native rainforest.
Up to 2.5 hours ice time
After a short and thrilling flight over lush and rugged 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 some of 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.
Up to 2.5 hours ice time
Heli Ice Climb
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.
Up to 7 hours ice time