Franz Josef Glacier Guides

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers.

Franz Josef Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

Equipment Provided:
Breathable rain jacket
Waterproof over-trousers
Hats and gloves
Socks and sturdy boots for support and grip
Crampons – for superior glacier grip

What you need to bring:
2-4 layers warm upper body clothing
Quick drying trousers or shorts
Food and drink for the day
Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera

Glacier Heli Hike:

Relaxed Pace – Small Groups – Glacier Goodie Bag – Hot Pools
This world renowned Glacier Heli Hike takes you higher up on the ice, shows you more, and will fill you with a sense of awe at the majestic Franz Josef Glacier and the surrounding Southern Alps. After an exciting heli flight, you will land high up on the glacier to undertake your walk amongst some of the most pristine glacier scenery available. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as your guide leads you through a wonderland of brilliantly blue ice.
Duration up to 4 hours,Time on the Ice 3 hours


Glacier Valley Walk:

Spectacular Views – Interpretive Walk – Small Groups
Your Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in the remarkable landscape. Here you will learn more about the glacier’s history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, you will cross over the public barriers. After a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier.
Duration up to 3 hours, Ice time Nil


Heli Ice Climb:

Heli Transfer – Expert Tuition – High-tech Equipment – Adrenaline Highs
A day packed with adventure. Provided with expert tuition and all technical equipment this is a great way to be introduced to the exhilarating sport of ice-climbing, whilst still enjoying the dramatic scenery and awesome terrain of the Franz Josef Glacier.Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.
Duration up to 5 hours, Ice time up to 4 hours

Bookings are essential during Summer Season Nov- March 

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Phone: 0800 GREYMOUTH

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