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  • Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
On this day trip from Franz Josef experience New Zealand's stunning nature of the Franz Josef Glacier. This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glaciers history, venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced guide.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
  • Take a day trip from Franz Josef to experience New Zealand's stunning nature and picturesque views of the Franz Josef Glacier.
  • See spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier
  • Access exclusive trails to the summit and travel beyond the public barriers
  • Enjoy snacks on the summit and listen to storytelling from your guide
  • Small-group tour, maximum of 13 people per group for a more personal experience

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What You Can Expect

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

Take a day trip from Franz Josef to experience New Zealand's stunning nature and picturesque views of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Once fitted out with all your equipment, take a short bus ride to the outskirts of the glacier. Your guide will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk that will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape.

You will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, you will cross over the public barriers and after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

An awesome walk to the foot of the glacier. Had a great guide who told us lots about the glacial valley. Note that you do not walk on the glacier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

we ready enjoy the walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

We had a fun time at Franz Josef ,The valley walk was educational and interesting the whole thing took more or less 3-4 hours. Our guide was friendly and we were able to get closer to the glacier. We were able to hold the glacier and take pictures on it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We enjoyed the experience a great deal. Our guide made our trip to the glazier one to remember.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Our tour guide was fantastic! Good for all ages, and fabulous local knowledge! I would recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Amazing experience our guide took us to the rim of the glacier would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Very informative guide led just the two of us on this interesting walk. We were able to go quite close to the glacier and appreciated it much more as we could ask questions and were shown aspects we wouldn't have noticed on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

A lovely valley walk to the glacier on paths dedicated to the tour with two excellent guides (Mike and Jasmine). Thoroughly recommended as a great introduction to the Franz Josef Glacier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

This was great value for money - not only did we get a good 3hr hour guided walk but also passes to get into the hot water pools which would have cost us 20 dollars each! We were also given a DVD about Franz Joseph so all in all a wonderful morning spent in a beautiful area of NZ.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

I actually wrote this review under the glacier walk. Oops. Both are great. You see totally different things. Loved the small group size able to move quickly and see lots more than expected. Regarding the Glacier walk. Fantastic too...loved helicopter ride up. Do both. Very different.

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