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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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On this day trip from Franz Josef experience New Zealand's stunning nature of the Franz Josef Glacier. This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glaciers history, venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced guide.
  • Soak in hot pools after a glacier valley hike
  • Follow the path of the glacial retreat up a scenic valley
  • Learn about the glacier’s history and Maori legends
  • Come as you are: all hiking equipment is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Franz Josef hiking base camp, get suited up with equipment for the day’s conditions, then take a short bus ride to the trailhead. Set out along the glacier valley, following the Waiho River that marks the glacier’s retreat. As you walk, the guide will share the story of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, as well as the natural history of the Franz Josef Glacier. Once you near the terminal face, you’ll get to cross over the public barrier for a brief climb to a viewpoint over the glacier. After the return hike down the glacier valley, this tour concludes with transfer back to the base camp; since you’ll have tickets to the Glacier Hot Pools that are attached to the hiking base camp, you can soak tired muscles in warm water following the trek.
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Departure Point
63 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 3-hour guided glacier tour
  • Professional guide
  • All equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • The glacier walks are quite challenging as the valley floor is undulated and becomes steeper nearer the terminal face, and clients need to be fit and able.
  • Operates in all weather conditions
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great experience, good walk, not challenging at all. The views along the walk are quite remarkable. Our guide wanted to share his knowledge of the views and flora, and wevgot to taste a bit along the way. The tour operators offer good...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia ora David, Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It is fantastic to see you had such a great time on our Valley Walk. Plus awesome to hear you have taken away some new facts and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guides Lawrence and Elliot were both really knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole tour. Both were very professional and made extra efforts to make sure that everyone from our tour group was engaged. 5 out of 5 for these guys! Or course, Fraz Josef...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Jason, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, it is fantastic receiving feedback of this nature. We will make sure to pass on the great comments to Lawrence and Elliot. Safe travels and we hope to welcome you back one...More

Reviewed 22 July 2019

From the car park, it's an enjoyable 20 minute walk to the viewing barrier. We took a little side path to get to the river as it flowed down from the glacier. Gorgeous spot to watch geology in action! (No guides required to walk up...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Aimee_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Kia Ora Greig, Thank you for your review. It's good to hear you had a lovely time walking up the Franz Josef Valley! Ngā mihi, Aimee

Reviewed 9 July 2019 via mobile

Had a great experience. Our guide was excellent really informative and experienced. He often stopped to provide us interesting facts and info about the glacier and surrounding areas/plants. The private track was great and got to see some of the rainforest up close. However don’t...More

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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2019

Kia ora chloepaige18, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your Valley Walk experience. It is fantastic to hear you had such a great time and learnt some interesting facts along the way. The Valley Walk is indeed a...More

Reviewed 23 May 2019 via mobile

Today was amazing. We were originally doing a valley walk however with the storm a month ago it washed away the path. The company emailed us explaining and advised that they had arranged a special tour through the rain forest up to the glacier for...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2019

Kia ora kieradoherty, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share with us your experience. Sounds like you had a wicked day out in the Valley and that your very lucky to have the whole Franz Josef Valley to yourselves....More

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19 September 2019|
Response from Greig W | Reviewed this property |
Afternoon, that will allow sun coming over your shoulder to light up the glacier.
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