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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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Hike to Franz Josef Glacier along the Waiho River on a half-day guided hiking tour that explores local ecology, history, and the terminal face of the glacier itself. Since the hiking tour includes equipment, from boots to waterproof clothing, you don’t need specialized gear to explore Franz Josef Glacier, and group size is limited to 13 hikers to ensure personal service from the guide.
  • Soak in hot pools after a glacier valley hike
  • Follow the path of the glacial retreat up a scenic valley
  • Learn about the glacier’s history and Maori legends
  • Come as you are: all hiking equipment is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Franz Josef hiking base camp, get suited up with equipment for the day’s conditions, then take a short bus ride to the trailhead. Set out along the glacier valley, following the Waiho River that marks the glacier’s retreat. As you walk, the guide shares the story of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, as well as the natural history of the Franz Josef Glacier. Once you near the terminal face, you get to cross over the public barrier for a brief climb to a viewpoint over the glacier. After the return hike down the glacier valley, this tour concludes with a transfer back to the base camp; since you have tickets to the Glacier Hot Pools that are attached to the hiking base camp, you can soak tired muscles in warm water following the trek.
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Important Information
Departure Point
63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 3-hour guided glacier tour
  • Professional guide
  • All equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • The glacier walks are quite challenging as the valley floor is undulated and becomes steeper nearer the terminal face, and clients need to be fit and able.
  • Operates in all weather conditions
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
By: Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Mike T
Melbourne, Australia
Everything you’d want
Terrific equipment, nice helo, fantastic guides and views... Ah, views... I haven’t walked a glacier for several
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Jenny T
Awesome helihike
We got really lucky that the weather clear up for us. From booking at front desk to check in and being up the
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Redondo Beach, California
Must see
Must be seen to believed. Views are striking. There were thunderous sounds of ice cracking that cannot be
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Harvard, Massachusetts
Great fun!
Great fun! Impressed by our guide, Chris, and all the staff. Extremely safety conscious while making the
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Ian S
London, United Kingdom
Spectacular activity
Excellent experience that is well worth doing. All essential gear, of good quality, is provided. All you need to
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good but be aware of weather conditions
We had a good experience. It was pouring rain, but our guides worked hard to make a good experience for us.
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Glorious Adventure
First off, this company is fantastic.....great equipment, great guides, great vibes. Our start was under gloomy
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Josh T
Great experience, worth the wait.
Bad weather forced us to re-book twice over the course of three days. Managed luckily to get on the last afternoon
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Newcastle, Australia
Four kids aged 10-17 enjoyed the fabulous guide and gentle pace of the walk to view the glacier face
We enjoyed our time with our guide, Jake, and his friendly and informative tour. There was no rush, and we all
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Laura M
we had so much fun!
You know what to expect if you have good weather so I won't be writing about that, I am going to talk about our
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Key Details
  • Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier Guides
  • Duration: 3h
  • Printed Paper Ticket Required
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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