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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Franz Josef Glacier Guides
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.
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Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. And with ample hiking time, see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes, then finishing the day with a soak in a hot pool.
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3 hours 15 minutes
from US$362.07

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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.
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3 hours
from US$62.17
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Sunny G wrote a review Jul 2021
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Romina, our tour guide, was very friendly. Her knowledge and experience was very helpful. It was an amazing experience. MUST DO activity if you are travelling through southland.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 6 days ago
Kia ora 240sunnyg, Thankyou for taking the time to review us and your kind words about our guides! We are delighted that you had such an amazing experience with us on the ice. We hope to see you next time! Safe travels! Nga mihi, Romina
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Anthony Dawes wrote a review Jul 2021
Grafton, Australia1 contribution
Awesome experience everyone has to try this , the guides were so awesome accommodating us at late notice and the scenery was breathtaking by and we got to hang out with some cheeky kea along the way
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 6 days ago
Kia ora dawesy7, We appreciate the time spent to review us! Thanks for sharing your memories with us, we are so pleased you were looked after by our guides and that the kea came out for a play! There is no scenery quite like it, I'm sure these memories will stay with you forever! Nga mihi, Romina
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EMarijev wrote a review Jun 2021
Karaka, New Zealand78 contributions31 helpful votes
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This experience is a once in a lifetime one. From the gentle helicopter ride that provides sweeping views both up to and down from the glacier to everything in between. We arrived early on the day to blue skies and were delighted that our trip was going ahead. What followed were excellent safety briefings and equipment fit out (boots jackets etc). We met our guide Romina who put us at ease. I had never been in a helicopter before so had been anxious, but the second we took off ( it’s only a 4.5 min flight) I was just happy, what a view!!!! Dropped off at the glacier we once again we’re briefed and put our crampons on. We were fortunate to be in a small group and what followed was a very safe, accessible experience for most fitness levels. And did I mention it was stunningly beautiful!!!!!! This experience with this company is nothing but joy!!! Our guide was knowledgeable, super helpful, took photos, and just an interesting person to be around.
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 6 days ago
Kia ora EMarijev, Thanks for sharing your experience with us from your trip on the ice. We too are delighted that your trip was smooth and you were blessed with blue skies, nothing beats it! We are glad that our team put you to ease and that you left feeling fulfilled with lots of memories to take away with you. Happy travels! Nga mihi, Romina
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Jon R wrote a review Jun 2021
Canberra, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
My partner and I had an amazing experience on our Franz Josef Heli Hike with Andrew, Craig and the team at Franz Josef Glacier Guides and The Helicopter Line. We went in early June and were fortunate to have perfect weather with a small group of just 6 plus the guides. We were well briefed throughout the process and felt super safe at all times, from the helicopter to putting on safety equipment to climbing on the glacier itself. We spent around 2 hours on the glacier which was extraordinary, climbing through narrow crevasses and seeing incredible vistas of snow-capped mountains juxtapositioned against the rocky glacier. Andrew and Craig work hard to ensure a comfortable and ultra-safe experience in this extraordinary location, and the guides were super friendly and open in sharing every bit of information you could want about the glaciers and the region, as well as the impact of climate change. At $485 per person, this isn't a cheap experience, but it was worth every dollar! A true bucket list experience that won't be there forever, so don't miss out!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 6 days ago
Kia ora 937jonr, Thanks for reaching out to share the experience with everyone. We are thrilled to hear you had such an amazing trip with us. We will be sure to pass on the kind words to Andrew, Craig and the team. Safety is our top priority and we are very open to talk about what our guests want to explore and learn about. We truly appreciate your feedback and hope this inspires others to do the same! Nga mihi, Romina
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Arohanuitraveller wrote a review Jun 2021
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Amazing experience with really friendly and helpful guides. Able to help people of different abilities get the most out of their hike while still being low key about it and making them feel really comfortable. It felt like safety was a priority and my guide did an excellent job of allowing relaxed fun while still guiding responsibly. I can’t recommend enough. For the glacier itself, has to be seen to be believed, there’s no way you will regret visiting. Thanks so much for everything.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 13 Jun 2021
Kia ora Arohanuitraveller, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your feed back and are overwhelmed by your kind words. We are glad you felt that safety was a first priority closely followed by having fun on the ice! Thanks for coming to the coast, happy travelling and see you next time! Nga mihi, Romina
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