Take your glacier adventure to the next level.
*Not operating for the remainder of the summer season. Operates summer months only (November to March).
If you're physically fit, have a keen sense of adventure and are looking for a truly unique experience to add to your travel stories then this is the trip for you. You'll gain a whole new perspective of the majestic Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier) on this authentic alpine camping expedition.
Checking in at our glacier base, your guide will set you up with all required equipment and clothing making sure you're fully prepared for your 16 hours on the ice. Don't worry, you don't have to carry your own tent! All you need are suitable base and mid layers, sunglasses and your camera - we take care of the rest.
After a short walk to the heli pad you'll board your helicopter for the scenic transfer to the glacier. From the landing pad, your group will set off on your exclusive hiking tour exploring all the best glacier features for the remainder of the afternoon. Then, as the sun sets and the valley becomes still, your guide will lead you to your nearby alpine camp site where you're settle in for an unforgettable evening and a once-in-a-lifetime overnight camping experience.
Under a pristine night sky (on the edge of an official Dark Sky Reserve) you'll enjoy impressive views, a hearty camp meal, great kiwi hospitality and a few good yarns. Sleeping in alpine tents equipped with air mattresses, sleeping bags and liners you'll awake to a cooked breakfast before departing camp for your heli transfer back to town.
After de-booting you'll get the chance to relax, unwind and reflect on your epic adventure with complimentary access to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. The ideal way to end an incredible glacier adventure.
Child (ages 16 – 16)
Up to 18 hours total
Call for tour times
Up to 16 hours ice time
Guide to guest ratio
1 to 4
A short scenic helicopter transfer flying over the glacier valley and landing on the ice
A 3 - 4 hour guided hike on the glacier exploring key features with your friendly and knowledgeable guide.
3 -4 hour guided hike followed by overnight camping on glacial moraine.
Please contact us on 0800 GUIDES (484337) to enquire about this trip.
* *Please note this experience only operates in summer months (November to March).
There are so many awesome parts to this trip. Having the glacier all to ourselves, being able to tailor the trip to the level of adventure the group is looking for and hanging out under one of the most impressive night skies in the world right next to a glacier. What's not to love?"
CAN I DO IT?
Yes - if you're keen for an adventure!
You'll need a good level of fitness, flexibility and agility to complete this trip - if you lead an active lifestyle and regularly participate in other outdoor sports you should be capable of our Glacier Overnight experience. If you have any doubt about your ability please contact our friendly team for more information, or feel free to pop into our base to talk to one of our guides in person.
Please note, you'll be camping in alpine tents with sleeping bags and air mattresses - think authentic alpine camping vs glamping! You don't need any equipment however, your guide will kit you out in waterproof over pants and a jacket along with boots, crampons, walking poles and any other gear you might need along the way. Everything you need for your camping experience is provided and set up for you, no need to carry any heavy gear on your expedition.
As the trip is weather dependent it's important that you have accommodation booked in Franz Josef as a back up in case your trip is cancelled. It's also really useful to store your luggage overnight as you can't bring it with you on the glacier - plus a hot shower in the morning once you've returned is a bonus. There may be the odd occasion where your departure off the glacier in the morning is delayed due to weather, however we do all we can to only operate this trip in fine weather to avoid this inconvenience for our guests.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
Just bring your essentials - we've got the rest covered.
We provide all the gear and equipment you need to stay warm, dry and safe while exploring the glacier including all camping essentials as well as dinner and breakfast while on the glacier. Just bring some warm baselayers, your camera and a smile!
- Dinner and Breakfast
- Suitable walking boots and socks
- Trekking poles
- Waterproof jackets
- Waterproof over-pants
- A small waist pack to carry your crampons and essentials
- A warm hat and gloves
Please bring with you:
- Warm, breathable base layers such as merino or polypropelene
- Suitable long pants for walking in (jeans are not suitable, tracksuits and leggings are fine)
- Sunglasses (these are essential - if you don't have any with you we have a selection available for purchase at our front desk)
- Your own warm hat and gloves if you prefer
- Your camera or phone
Please leave the following items behind:
- Your valuables such as passport, wallet and car keys
- Portable chargers and spare camera batteries
FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER HOT POOLS
Your glacier trip includes access to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. What better way to relax after a day in the valley than in the rejuvenating warmth of our hot pools?
Your experience with us would not be complete without spending some time reflecting on your adventure in the relaxing surroundings of the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. Entry to the main pools is complimentary with your Franz Josef Glacier Guides experience, and access to the pools is through the same reception area that you check in for your Glacier Guides experience.
The hot pools are intimately nestled in the lush surrounds of native rainforest and offer three main pools of varying temperatures in which to unwind. As well the three main pools, our facility also offers three private pools available to Franz Josef Glacier Guides' guests for the exclusive upgrade rate of $41.
Our spa and massage facilities are just the thing for aching muscles; treat yourself to a relaxing massage from one of our therapists or an uplifting facial treatment. The perfect end to an unforgettable day.
We adhere to the highest safety standards to ensure ongoing safety for both our guests and our team.
We will be delighted to welcome you as a guest on our Glacier Valley Walk provided you:
- Are not pregnant
- Are over the age of 16 years old
- Are accompanied by a parent or guardian on the trip if you're aged 16 or 17
- Are not under the influence of intoxicating drugs or alcohol
- Have not been assessed by a lead guide as lacking the required fitness to complete the trip
Pre-existing medical conditions
Existing or previous medical conditions including (but not limited to) those listed below may have an impact on your ability to participate in our Glacier Valley Walk. It's important that you advise us of the following when making your booking:
- Ankle or knee injuries
- ACL damage
- Joint replacements or dislocations
- Neck or back injuries
- Heart conditions and high/low blood pressure
- Severe asthma
In addition to this, our lead guides may need to restrict guest participation on a Glacier Valley Walk based on the specific conditions of the glacier valley on the day. Our front line team are always happy to provide an update on conditions on the morning of your trip.
The changeable weather that shapes our dramatic landscape on the West Coast can also impact our ability to operate. We will not compromise the safety of our guests or staff in any circumstance, so if the weather conditions mean it's not safe to operate a trip we will cancel it. All trips cancelled due to weather will be refunded.
We need clear weather to operate our Glacier Overnight, and because the weather is so changeable we are constantly monitoring weather reports and conditions on the glacier to make the safest and most accurate decision.
We want to give you the very best chance of getting on your trip, therefore, we make the final call as to whether a trip is going ahead on the morning of your scheduled trip departure. If your trip is cancelled we will notify you as soon as we are able.
You’re welcome to come in and chat to our friendly team for an update on weather conditions, to reschedule your trip or arrange your refund.
If you can manage it, we recommend spending at least two days in the Franz Josef region to allow the best chance of getting onto a trip.