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.
So great. It is a good experience especially for those people live in tropical area.
An exhilarating walk/scramble over, throiugh and occasionally under the glacier with an excellent guide (Mike), preceded by a wonderful helicopter ride up the valley. Great value!
A truly amazing experience. The trip was cancelled on our scheduled day due to high winds but we were slotted in the next day (had to shuffle our schedule a bit so be prepared for this). They would have given a full refund if we could not fit the reschedule so that was comforting. A MUST DO!
one of the highlights for may son and I during our 2 week NZ holiday. A must do if you are at Franz Josef.
Absolutely amazing! Must do if in New Zealand.
There was a slight mix-up with our tour time which was a little irratating as we were only in Franz Josef for 1 day and had a long drive that afternoon but the tour itself more than made up for it. The guides were really great and walking on the glacier was like nothing I've ever done before. Would definitely recommend it.
Loved the helicopter ride there and back. Stunning views and a once in a lifetime experience. Pricey but worth it.
Great guide. Showed us much more than we expected on this valley glacier walk. Very small group too...which we liked. Able to cover a lot of turf quickly and see things a bigger group probably couldn't. Great experience. Did I mention how much we love New Zealand.
Absolutely amazing. The glacial walk rates as one of the best things I have ever done. The views were spectacular, but the feeling of being in such a majestic part of the world was spine tingling.
Ana M L
I LOVED LOVED this - great from start to finish! The gear provided keeps you warm and is perfect for the hike. Helicopter ride is amazing round trip. Our guide was professional and knew a lot about the glacier. It is a bit strenuous but so worth the adventure! Soaking in the hot pools was so relaxing! A must do for NZ!
It was a really amazing way to see the glacier. The guides were professional and fun. I would definitely recommend this experience to others.
Unstable weather conditions delayed my trek. It was first pushed back from 10am to 10:55am, then again to 12:15pm, and again to the next morning at 8am. This was not an issue for me because I had no real itinerary or plans otherwise. I do quite appreciate their caution, however. I could not imagine being stuck on a glacier would be an enjoyable experience. The time was quite useful as there is a cozy coffee shop directly next to the tour base with free wifi. There are also quite a few short walks right in town that allow you to explore the amazing wilderness that Southwest New Zealand has to offer.
As far as the actual trip, it was absolutely an amazing, one of a kind experience. I would have paid twice as much as I did. It was totally fun riding in a helicopter to start off with, and the glacier itself was absolutely stunning! The ice is so blue and bright! My child like sense of wonder was brought out as I was literally in an icy wonderland of crawling tunnels, winding mazes and and massive crevices. I could have spent all day exploring the endless nooks and crannies of this amazing natural phenomenon.
Everything necessary is provided by the tour company: hat, gloves, windproof jacket and pants, boots, crampons(spikes that attach to your boots to aid in walking) and an awesome red fanny pack to carry your water and a snack in. The organization of the company as well as the tour guide, Jeff, was perfect.
The tour definitely requires a moderate level of fitness. After all, you are climbing a glacier for 3 hours. Don't bother lugging a water bottle with you, there is plenty of crystal clear delicious, ice cold glacier water to drink. I would recommend a good breakfast and a small snack, an apple or something like that.
There are several other tours available. In my opinion this it the best one. There is a more expensive one, in which you get more time in a helicopter, and less time on the ice. There is also a cheaper one that only takes you to the base of the glacier and is not very exciting at all. Choose this one. Trust me
Overall, amazing!!!! I highly recommend this tour.
Alison H Drain
Our guide, Kyle, did an excellent job of educating us about the glacier as well as pacing the hike to our group's abilities. My husband and I were the oldest in our group (61 and 57 yr.) and although we consider ourselves in pretty decent shape, this was extremely physically demanding. We are really glad we did the full day experience, but we were exhausted by the end of it. Still, if we were to have the choice to do it or not, we'd go for it--quite the experience!
Note from Viator: This review was based on an alternate itinerary that is no longer offered due to natural changes in the glacier. The current itinerary provides you with a similar great experience.