The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers, and one of the most impressive sights to be found anywhere in the world.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public. We offer a range of glacier hiking tours and experiences that will get you up close to the ice like never before. Our guided tours are tailored to suit visitors of most abilities. The ultimate New Zealand adventure tour is now ready and available for everyone.

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We are privileged to guide in a national park, with limited access onto the ice

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Glacier Heli Hike

After an exciting flight, you land high up on the glacier for up to a three hour guided hike amongst some of the most awe-inspiring glacier scenery, as you make your way through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliantly blue ice.

  • Heli Flight
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups
  • Entry to Hot Pools

Glacier Valley Walk

Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic! Your Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere.

  • Spectacular Views
  • Small Groups
  • Interpretive Walk

Heli Ice Climb

A day packed with adventure. Provided with expert tuition and all technical equipment, this is a great way to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice-climbing, whilst still enjoying the dramatic scenery and awesome terrain of the Franz Josef Glacier. Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.

  • Heli Transfer
  • Expert Tuition
  • High-tech Equipment
  • Adrenaline Highs
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Congratulations to Maktoum our Wanna Win a Refund winner for March. Every month one lucky person wins a full refund of their trip with #wannawinarefund. Be sure to upload your favourite trip image to our Facebook page and use #wannawinarefund to enter.

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Fourth Win in a Row

The TNT 2017 Golden Backpacks Winner

Golden Backpack Awards 2017

We are very proud to have been awarded 'Best Visitor Attraction, New Zealand' for the fourth time in a row at the annual TnT Golden Backpack Awards 2017. Congratulations to all other winners and nominees.

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Glacier hot pools


Nestled in the native rainforest, yet located in the heart of Franz Josef village, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of tranquility. Entry to the pools is included with every Glacier Valley Walk, Heli Hike or Ice Climb trip and is the ideal way to relax and unwind after a day exploring the region.

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