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The 2 hours I spent on this walk were well worth the time and effort. We had a very small group only 5 people our guide, all reasonably fit, and we kept a steady pace, with periodic stops for pictures. Our guide, Bryan originally from Colorado, USA, was relaxed and knowledgeable, and answered our many questions. At no time did we feel we were being rushed, and we had plenty of time to take pictures and admire the scenery. The tour takes a couple of paths that deviate noticeably from the regular path, which occasionally gave us the sense that we were the only ones hiking to the glacier look-out point.
Although the tour was very enjoyable, I was somewhat disappointed at how far away the mouth of the glacier is - it's about 1 km 0.6 miles away from the lookout point. But this obviously doesn't reflect on the quality of the tour.
Phil was our guide. He was humorous and knowledgeable. He treated all with some hot chocolate when we got to our destination point. Great views as well!!!!
Great walk through the valley via private path, highly recommended.
Great fun, and great trek. We were really lucky to have a clear sky for our trek. Please check the weather ahead of booking your trip coz if it's cloudy or raining which happens a lot coz it's in a rain forest the trip can be cancelled
Great tour! Glenthin was outstanding. We loved it. It was cloudy but we could still see the glacier. It was perfect for our time there. We got a great overview of the area and the fauna!
Great tour and Tour guide Nick. The walking was easy, well below our ability, and we got to go off of the beaten path to see an learn about some unique features of the glacier valley. I was hoping to get to a 'special viewpoint' a bit past where the general public stops but while we were at our own, more elevated spot we were at the same stopping point. I'm glad we chose the afternoon tour because we were not ruched to return to the bus on a tight schedule.
Michael and Jon were very knowledgeable and helpful guides. They provided details on plants, regional information and history and changes in the glacier. Both guides also kindly went above and beyond to help with recommendations for local restaurants and other attractions in NZ. The tour includes a hike easy to moderate, with some rock edges and walking across streams and slight incline, full gear you'll appreciate the waterproof pants, boots and all weather jacket AND complimentary entry to the hot pools attached to the same bldg where you check in. The return trip was via the public trail flat, very easy so I had a chance to compare the guided vs. doing it on your own. The guided tour gets you a little closer to the glacier base and is more of a hike than a walk on a flat path. Plus the details on the retraction, changes in size and impacts across time was all interesting and worth investing in a guide the gear and hot pool alone is worth the price of the ticket. Both guides were highly service oriented and you can feel their passion toward exploring the glacier and surrounding area, with a keen focus on safety.
Despite the weather on the day of our tour, it was amazing and the guide was friendly and knowledgable. Loved it!
Fantastic guide to a fantastic place. My husband and I were the only ones on the tour on the day we went so we got one on one attention. We were taken off the beaten track and got access to places the normal visitors don't get to see. The running commentary on the geology and history and flora and fauna was very appreciated. The free entry at the end of the day to the hot pools certainly relieved our aching muscles...lol.
The staff are friendly and make sure that you are well equipped for the trip. It was pouring rain when I went, so all the provided gear was muchly appreciated. It was great to have a guide take you through valley and have them share history and science behind such beautiful views. This guided walk gives you a great intro into the area, so that you can go check out the other walking tracks as well.
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