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  • Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Be astounded by the natural beauty of the Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the pinnacles area of the glacier to explore this magnificent natural wonder. Your guide will navigate you on a moderately difficult hike through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes affecting the glacier. Afterwards, take a soak in the hot pools to warm up and soothe your muscles. This small-group tour is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice!


  • Guided Franz Josef Glacier walk
  • Enjoy scenic round-trip helicopter flights to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Learn interesting facts about the glacier as you explore with your expert guide
  • See the stunning ice pinnacles on a moderately difficult hike
  • Relax after your glacier walk with a soak in the hot pools
  • All hiking equipment included
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 participants, offers a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Start your journey with a short helicopter flight and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Franz Josef Glacier and the surrounding area. Land high up on the glacier near the ice pinnacles, where you will begin your guided walk on a moderately difficult trail.. The pinnacles are an amazing sight: a forest of ice formations that jut out from the glacier at different angles. Walk through the maze of ice and explore the magnificent natural landscape, while discovering first-hand the dramatic environmental changes that are affecting the glacier.

Afterward your thrilling glacier hike, return back to Franz Josef by helicopter and relax with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools. These hot pools are nestled in a lush rainforest and are sourced by pure glacier water. Sit back, relax and rejuvenate your muscles in the soothing water -- a perfect way to end the day. The Franz Josef Glacier is a unique experience not to be missed!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great guide (Jagged rocked), great weather, unforgettable scenery. Walking on blue ice is truly magical! The organisation was fantastic, worth every $$$ spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

If you think you may only have one chance in your lifetime to visit the glaciers, do everything possible to stretch your budget so you can take a walk amongst the ice. No words or pictures can truly convey the immense size, power and physical structure of this place - you need to experience it for yourself. On the day after our trip we also took a walk to the terminal face of the glacier. While that is impressive, you cannot get any real understanding of the scale of the glacier or see the dramatic columns and crevices that exist at the higher levels. Our trip was handled professionally, and included just enough excitement and challenges to make it interesting. We were fortunate to be amongst a small group of people with similar capabilities - though i guess there is a risk that you may do less if you are unlucky to be in a group where some people struggle. Whatever - if you get a chance to do it, don't miss it.

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