An authentic West Coast alpine camping experience.
With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery, a three hour hike (whilst having the glacier entirely to yourself!), and to top it off camping under the stars in one of New Zealand's most majestic glacier environments.
Your journey starts at our glacier base in Franz Josef Village where our friendly team will check you in, get you kitted out with the essential gear and give you a pre-trip briefing.
From here, your guide will lead you on a short walk through native forest to the heli pad and get you ready to board your helicopter. Adrenaline levels start to spike as you board your helicopter and our highly trained pilot then whisks you away over the jaw dropping landscape - an opportunity to take in the full panoramic majesty of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere nestled within the surrounding mountains.
Your pilot will land you high up on the glacier itself, where your guide will help you make the final preparations for your hike before you head off to explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape.
Our guides are highly skilled in the art of step cutting, which means we can find you both the safest and most spectacular route available on the glacier. Because the glacier is so fast moving, its features are constantly changing - you might find yourself sliding through a narrow crevasse or between towering walls of ice, crawling through blue ice tunnels, hanging out in ice caves, or witnessing the glacier calving. You can be sure that you're seeing the glacier in a unique state and no two trips are ever quite the same.
After your exclusive hike your guide will lead you off the glacier to your camping site, which is on nearby glacial moraine (far warmer than staying on the glacier). You will be treated to a platter and dinner, whilst looking out onto the surrounding mountains. To finish off your authentic alpine camping experience, you will wake to a cooked breakfast before making your way to the glacier for an early flight back to Franz Josef township.
You'll come away from your trip not only with a sense of awe at this majestic beauty, but a whole new understanding of why this precious landmark is so special.
Get in quick, this is a special for March 2019 only. For more information, please contact our friendly reservations team on 0800 484 337
CAN I DO IT?
No previous experience necessary.
If you've never hiked a glacier before it's no problem, just bring your sense of adventure and we can do the rest. You'll need a good level of fitness, flexibility and agility to complete this trip.
Reasonable upper body strength is required and your legs will be put to the test during your climb as well. 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.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
Get the most out of your Franz Josef Glacier Overnight.
We want all of our guests to have the best possible time on our Glacier Overnight experience. We provide all the gear and equipment you need to stay warm, dry and safe while exploring the valley floor and ask that you come prepared with suitable clothing and accessories that will keep you comfortable as well.
- 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
Heading to the Hot Pools after your trip? Remember to bring your swimming gear with you, you can store your belongings in our lockers for $2. Towel hire is also available for $5 at reception.
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 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 as possible, 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 by email.
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.