We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Tours from Franz Josef Glacier Guides tend to sell out - travellers recommend booking in advance!
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers.Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability. We make a clear commitment to you that our trip is the most spectacular and rewarding available.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“ice explorer” (221 reviews)
“helicopter ride” (199 reviews)
“hot pools” (129 reviews)
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION
63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
Ways to Experience Franz Josef Glacier Guides
from US$324.80
More Info
from US$55.90
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (1,646)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"ice explorer"
in 221 reviews
"helicopter ride"
in 199 reviews
"hot pools"
in 129 reviews
"new zealand"
in 105 reviews
"valley walk"
in 51 reviews
"once in a lifetime"
in 56 reviews
"amazing experience"
in 63 reviews
"full refund"
in 16 reviews
"glacier guides"
in 30 reviews
"waterproof pants"
in 15 reviews
"cancelled due"
in 55 reviews
"hot chocolate"
in 17 reviews
"great guide"
in 35 reviews
"blue ice"
in 37 reviews
"free entry"
in 22 reviews
"bad weather"
in 41 reviews
"three hours"
in 15 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 1,563 reviews

Reviewed today

This was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Although it was cancelled due to weather issues the first day, we managed to do the flight and walk on the glacier the next day. This is a very special attraction which we...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Gila Z
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Weather was very rainy, may be the hicking should have been suspended.... There is not so much to see, because the glacier is a long distance from the view point. Our guide was awesome.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Federico H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was fun and entertaining, he took us off-trail to show us some points of interest. He made a point to speak to everyone in the group. The hike itself was fun beautiful scenery and even though I had a minor ankle injury prior...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank rosesprout11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excelent experience we expect more helicopter time, and leave our things in a safety box FOR FREE at least because is not a cheap excursion, but the guides and assistants were very profesional

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank nicolaslriquelme
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was against us so we opted for a glacier walk and was really pleased we did. Our guide was very informative with not just the glacier but the district as well. The hot chocolate at the turning point was very much appreciated. On...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Tasmania17
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a gorgeous start to the day. Sun shining and the air was pristine. This was my first time in a helicopter. I was extremely excited. Once up on the glacier, we put on our grampons and headed into the white wilderness. The view...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank peterotoole556
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the glacier walk to the face of the glacier. It is important to note you can't actually access the face of the glacier by walking. Our guide was knowledgeable of the area could point out different fauna, knew the answers to the varied...More

Thank lmc2003
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 13 hotels in Franz Josef
58 On Cron Motel
511 reviews
.07 km away
Aspen Court Franz Josef
1,353 reviews
.12 km away
Rainforest Retreat
1,569 reviews
.19 km away
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
770 reviews
.21 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Alice May
1,462 reviews
.33 km away
Blue Ice Cafe
735 reviews
.60 km away
Snake Bite Brewery
956 reviews
.41 km away
Monsoon Bar & Restaurant
473 reviews
.15 km away
Nearby Attractions
Glacier Helicopters
406 reviews
.40 km away
Alpine Adventure Centre Tours
42 reviews
.49 km away
Tatare Tunnels Walk
71 reviews
.33 km away
West Coast Wildlife Centre
722 reviews
.36 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
anna_banana1990
28 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Andréa A | Reviewed this property |
Hi Anna, the heli hike is fine if you’re in like a regular good shape, it’s quite easy. The heli CLIMB i’m not quite sure. The heli hike and the heli climb are two different tours to Franz Josefs glacier :) anyhow, enjoy... More
0
Votes
Google Translation
AdrienneSelarep
28 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from Patricia W | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the scenic hotel right there. The restaurant AliceMay (walking distance) is Terrific...... Make reservations thru TA........beef cheeks!!!!! The Tour is within walking distance of the Scenic Hotel - but we... More
0
Votes
landdream
2 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Quilt123 | Reviewed this property |
My husband’s help hike was canceled. We were told we will get a full refund but are still waiting. Also told will take a while to coordinate with travel agent. Most hikes do get cancelled due to weather. They say only fly... More
0
Votes
;