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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 165 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Absolutely Spectacular - The experience of a lifetime.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Absolutely amazing! Views to die for! Guides are friendly and helpful. highly recommended and well worth the price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Helicopter ride was fantastic. Really appreciated our Kiwi guide - seemed more authentic (Maori pronunciation and all).
Weather was perfect on the day. Great trip all up - highlight of our travels.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Amazing tour, beautiful scenery, knowledgeable and friendly guide. A great adventure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Only disappointment was not seeing more of the glacier from the helicopter. Excellent guides. Quite demanding physically. Colours and ice froms amazing. Well worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Unfortunately bad weather cancelled our helicopter flight but our guide, Cliff, was upbeat and enthusiastic nonetheless! We did the glacier walk. The wet-weather gear was excellent and Cliff's informative and witty commentary made our day. Amazing views of the glacier itself. A great way to discover the natural beauty of Fox Glacier. Chris and Sarah, UK.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Pricey but sure worth the money spent. Short 5-10min heli flight, couple of hours on the ice. There are several groups that offer this tour but the glacier is big enough for everyone to enjoy in their own respective areas. When you check in, make sure you're in the correct line, there are a few operators immediately next to each other. Knowledgeable and approachable staff, educational experience and also physically engaging. One member of our group knee problems and couldn't continue. I would suggest doing an early flight before winds/weather pick up. Alas, weather is never guaranteed, so can come down to luck and timing. It was a great experience one of the top highlights of our trip, highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was amazing!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The Glacier walk was amazing, highly recommend! It would have been topped off with a trip to the hot pools but unfortunately they were closed due to general maintenance. Be sure to stay in Franz Josef a couple of days just incase the day you book gets cancelled, this happened to us but we were able to re-book for the next day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

It was absolutely fantastic, really friendly and experienced guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

The tour was spectacular. We lucked into perfect weather with crystal blue skies. The guide was informative and very friendly and worked her butt off for us. The hike is dependent on the fitness ability of the slowest member on your hike, so luck of the draw. I would have liked a bit faster hike but if you want something more challenging, select the ice climbing option. Overall very satisfied with the tour and the guide, Katiana, from Canada/Russia was super!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Safe but adventurous and challenging way to experience glacier. Guide is knowledgeable and attentive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We really enjoyed the Franz Josef Glacier walk. The guide was excellent and we had a blast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Simply a must do when in Franz Josef if the weather allows. Our guide was very friendly and helpful, she cleared paths with her ice pick to make the hike easier, lent a helping hand on the steeper obstacles and even took group photos for us. The scenery is amazing and exploring the paths, stairs and caves is real experience. The hike itself was no trouble at all for average fitness people, if you can walk and climb stairs you can do it, the crampons and the guide do all the hard work for you. We went during summer so didn't need many extra layers, most on the tour had to take off the gore-tex jackets.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This was a lot of fun. Our guide was great. This particular tour takes you up on the glacier, a bit lower than the HeliHike option. Also, the helicopter ride is a quick 5-10 minute flight to the glacier, I believe the Heli Hike gives your more airtime but less glacier time. Highly recommend this tour, we wanted to be on the glacier longer so that's why we picked this one.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Despite an event where one of the participants took to altitude sickness and had to be helicoptered down , all else went smoothly. The guide did quite well at explaining equipment and technique. I would rate this experience as one of the most exciting for me.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

It was the highlight of our New Zealand adventure. An experience we will never forget. Have ticked it off my bucket list !!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Amazing!!! The guide was knowledeable and professional. It was by far the most fascinating and unusual trip I have ever done!! I loved every second!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Brilliant informative and fun

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