5 star rating: Highly Recommended 171 Reviews

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  • Location:Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

On this Franz Joseph Glacier helicopter tour and hike, you’ll land atop the glacier and explore ice caves and pinnacles with a small group. Soar above New Zealand’s Southern Alps during a scenic flight, then grab your ice axe and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult 3-hour hike. After your return flight, rejuvenate with a blissful soak at Glacier Hot Pools. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.


  • 4-hour Franz Joseph Glacier walk
  • Take in beautiful glacier views from the air by helicopter
  • Explore the ice with your guide and gain insight into the geological forces at play
  • Marvel at the stunning landscape on your moderately difficult hike
  • Relax after your glacier walk with a soak in the hot pools
  • Tour includes all hiking equipment

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Marvel at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier on your walk

Meet your guide at the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef at one of several morning departure times available. You’re given a safety orientation and provided with protective gear including Gore-tex jacket, trousers, woolen hat, gloves and leather boots with crampons in preparation for your Franz Joseph Glacier tour.

Then hop into the helicopter for stunning aerial views over New Zealand's scenic Southern Alps and surrounding area — a magnificent sight to behold. After a brief flight, you’ll experience a gentle yet thrilling landing atop the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Ice axe in hand, set off on foot with your guide past ice formations that protrude alongside ice caves, pinnacles and seracs. Explore the dramatic landscape as you hike for 3 hours past mazes of ice and deep blue crevasses along the 7.5-mile-long (12-km) glacier. With insight from your guide, you’ll understand the various geological forces at play in this otherworldly environment.

At the conclusion of your glacier hike, return to Franz Josef by helicopter and unwind with a rejuvenating soak at the Glacier Hot Pools, situated in a rainforest haven at the edge of town. Relax your muscles in the soothing hot pools, which are fed by pure glacier water — an ideal way to complete your half-day adventure.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience! Awesome helicopter flight up to the glacier, knowledgable and entertaining guides, gorgeous scenery! Everyone should go on this glacier walk!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a unique and wonderful experience. A must do if you visit Queenstown.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was as advertised, we felt it was well organised and the glacier leader, Nick, was professional and very good as a leader.
The only problem we experienced was the requirement for us the print the e-mailed voucher. As a tourist travelling internationally, we had no access to a printer and could not understand the requirement for the printed voucher as the reception desk already had our details.
Otherwise, a very enjoyable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

glacier walk was awesome and great experiece

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A must do . A word of caution- You have to be moderately fit - I am 60 Years and found the steps and slopes a bit steep - will do it again if I get an opportunity. We visited in in Mid April and had to extend our stay by a day as the weather was bad on the day we originally scheduled the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great fun! Our guide Rob was fantastic - very knowledgeable and made the trip more enjoyable with his stories along the way. The helicopter trip to the glacier was outstanding, as was the trek itself. Plenty of time on the glacier to explore. The service from these guys is A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The glacier walk was awesome amd enjoyed whole of 3hrs in ice. The tour group and guide were very friendly and amazing experience. Initially the day we planned the tour was cancel due to bad weather but they arranged it to next day same time. Check for climate before booking the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We did this trip with 4 people and enjoyed it immensely .From check in time at the office this tour is very professionally run,the office staff that fit you out with the climbing gear, the helicopter pilot,ground staff at the helipad and of course our wonderful guide for the day.

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