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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$371.89

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$63.86
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Arohanuitraveller wrote a review 11 Jun
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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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Vanessa W wrote a review 2 Jun
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Thank you for an amazing experience and the friendliest service given by everyone from the minute we booked at Fox Glacier last night to generously allowing us to share your table for lunch and then for Godanna (I do hope I spelt it correctly!?) to contact one of the other customers to locate a pic they took of us!! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience, please pass our gratitude to be everyone!!
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feist88 wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions3 helpful votes
it was truly a trip of a lifetime ... we actually walked on a glacier ... the guides were very professional . Romina was very caring and ensured that we were safe and very knowledgeable . she was passionate about her job and it showed in her work . she took the time to show us and explain how glaciers are formed . how to walk on the ice, and took the best pictures . we had a ball and wanted to stay longer .... but like they say ... What goes up must come down we will be back one day after we have saved enough money again
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia ora feist88, Thank you for your message. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us on the ice and that you felt safe and learnt lots. We really appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon! Nga mihi, Romina
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Rachel P wrote a review Apr 2021
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This is an absolutely incredible experience - a must-do. You land by chopper right in the middle of this glacier and then hike with crampons and the use of carabiners up through the heart of the spectacular ice formations, supported at all times by knowledgeable expert guides who were amazing with the kids. The best views you could imagine. We took our three children (ages 8, 10 and 14) and the whole family loved it. Can’t recommend highly enough. Thanks Jon and Eric for this experience.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 22 Apr 2021
Kia ora rachelpM8352YY, Thank you for your message. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your day with us doing the Heli hike with your family and that the weather was beautiful for you. We really appreciate the feedback and we will be sure to forward on your lovely comments onto your guides. Nga mihi, Romina
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knitina wrote a review Apr 2021
Wanaka, New Zealand43 contributions4 helpful votes
Wow what a wonderful trip. Everything was perfect from the weather to the amazing guides. Andy our guide was very informative and helpful. He made sure we were all well equipped and constantly checked on our well being and safety. The trip was relaxed and well thought out. We had plenty of opportunities to take photos and felt relaxed and well taken cared of. I thought we had the best trip, soaking in the atmosphere. It is a unique experience that is well worth it, so if you are thinking of doing it... do it , you will be so amazed.thanks to all the team , I will not forget this :)
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Response from rominaw93, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded 22 Apr 2021
Kia ora knitina, Thank you for your response. We are super happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us doing the Heli hike and that you felt relaxed and taken care of. We would love to see your photos at some point, I hope your memories are cherished forever! We really appreciate the feedback and we will be sure to forward on your kind words onto Andy. Nga mihi, Romina
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