Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Glacier Valley Eco Tours
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is small local family owner/operator business based in Franz Josef Glacier. We specialise in small informative guided walking tours in and around our Glacier Country NZ. We offer trips to Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers, as well as the iconic Lake Matheson, and Okarito township, as well as full day tours and combo tours. We can tailor trips to suit you. Small group sizes (10 max) and families welcome, no age restriction. We offer nature tours off the beaten path of public tracks in Franz Josef & Fox Glacier, which includes loads of information on geology, glaciology, history, local flora & fauna. We currently have 100% NZ guides who all bring different qualities to our clients experience - they maybe Story Tellers, Geologists, Botonists or Ecologists. We offer free use of our wet weather gear on all our tours, including raincoats, overtrousers, umbrellas, as well as walking poles and boots if required. On all our tours we provide tea, coffee & biscuits.
West Coast Region, New Zealand

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2023

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Joanna
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was the best tour we had as a small family whilst on our recent holiday in New Zealand. Our tour went ahead despite in pouring rain all night. We were given water proof clothes and shoes, although the rain actually cleared and we didn’t need them on the tour. We did notice that the helicopters were not flying that morning, due to the weather not being favourable.
Our guide Cathy was absolutely amazing, she was so knowledgeable on all things Franz Josef Glacier, the birds, plants, fungi, everything!
We learnt so much on this tour, more than we ever would have learnt walking ourselves up to the glacier viewing platform, as we were taken off the main path into the foliage where only tours can go. It was really cool to ‘disappear’ and then ‘reappear’ back onto the main path, so much so that our 10 year old even loved it. Morning tea was down on the glacial valley floor surrounded by nature and no other tourists.
So many positive things I could say about this tour, but do yourself a favour and book now! Thank you so much Glacier Valley Eco Tour and Cathy.
Written 13 April 2024
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hazelnuto
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Cliff was a great tour guide who took us on an off-the-beaten-track path to a great viewing spot of the Fox Glacier! Entertaining and an enjoyable, gentle activity out in nature!
Written 7 April 2024
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Peony219
Glasgow, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazingly knowledgable guide. He showed us so many plants and birds, which was great as we were really keen to see as many native birds as possible. The walking paths were really interesting and we went through some really cool areas away from the main tourist paths. Tea/coffee/biscuit stops were a great addition! We would highly recommend! We did both the Franz and Fox tours in one day and had a great time!
Written 26 March 2024
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Sherree V
Winnipeg, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is a must-do when you're in the Franz Josef area. And, it really is a hike that is easy enough for most people.

I was transported to Lake Matheson and back, and had some wonderful views of a rainbow with the mountains on the way.

Once at the lake, we started our several hours' hike (with breaks to take pics). The hike is quite easy and there are some beautiful spots to take pics. Jerome told us all about the plants and wildlife in that area, and also had some hot beverages and snacks for us.

The weather co-operated, which gave us some stunning views :)
Written 16 March 2024
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Trevor I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
All terrains and habitats were covered under the expert guiding of Jerome. He's wide knowledge enabled us to fully appreciate the fragile nature of this endangered environment. The clouds lifted and we were able to see the length of the Fox Glacier and Douglas Peak above.
Written 12 March 2024
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Trevor I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Despite a cloud day, we were treated to the delights of the native bush and river bed around Franz Josef Glacier on a guarded tour with Jerome. He was has a vast array expertise in glaciers, flora and fauna - we even got to taste some berries and leaves whilst foraging!!
Written 12 March 2024
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Tracy L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were at the end of a month-long trip to New Zealand and our last couple of days of our February 2024 trip before heading towards home was at Franz Josef. We wanted to add a guided activity and found GVET. We arranged a nature guided hike around Lake Matheson. When we arrived for our evening hike, we were greeted by Cliff and Tyana, Tyana was to be our guide and we happened to be her only clients that evening. It is hard to describe the amazing evening we had with Tyana. She knew the environment, was passionate about the surroundings yet had a sense of humor and was just an absolute pleasure to have as a guide. We’ve done a fair amount of guided trips in our travels but the evening with Tyana, no doubt, was our best. I don’t think we could have ended our trip any better or with a better guide. We highly recommend GVET if you are in Franz Josef.
Written 10 March 2024
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Terence T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The walk was great and views of the glacier worth the trip. Jerome's knowledge was very good and was a significant factor for the great walk, recommend this to everyone.
Terry Turner, Hobart
Written 6 March 2024
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Penelope5L
Norwich, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A fantastic experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, interesting and attentive. We got to experience nature and see the less ‘public’ aspect of the glacier and its environs. Cannot rate the tour highly enough. We learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the experience
Written 5 March 2024
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Ruth H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Jerome was an excellent guide, stopping and showing us many plants, birds and explaining the glacier formations . The walk was moderate and suitable for our varied age group
Written 28 February 2024
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