Franz Josef Glacier Guides - NZ Travel

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers. Franz Josef Glacier 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. The ultimate New Zealand adventure tour.

Main Office: 

State Highway 6, Franz Josef

 

Departures: 

Please see individual tours for departure times.

 

Food and Beverage: 

Own food and drink must be bought for the day.

  

Transfers: 

Complimentary transfers from Franz Josef township.

  

Child Ages:

Please see individual tours for minimum age requirements.

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Help Notes:

  • We recommend that you reconfirm your tour details 24 hours prior to departure.
  • All necessary equipment provided.
  • We ask our clients not to wear jeans as they get very cold and uncomfortable when wet. If jeans are all you have then we can provide you with waterproof over-trousers to wear instead.

 


Available Activities:
Half Day Ice Explorer & Public Hot Pool Entry

This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice.  A short heli hop takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier where you will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through Franz Josef Glacier.  Includes entry to the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools nestled in a haven of natural tranquility - the perfect way to relax at the end of your day!

Guide to Client Ratio: 1 - 11

Departures:  8.15am, 9.00am, 10.40am, 11.25am

Duration:  4 hours

Suitable for Children: Minimum age is 12 years old.

Includes: Breathable Rain Jacket, waterproof over-trousers (if required), socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots), crampons, woollen hats and gloves (if required)

What to bring: 2-4 warm upper body layers (ideally woollen or poly-prop), quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans), food and drink for the day, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and backpack.

Please don't bring any mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players, passports, wallets or car/room keys with you on the walk.

Important Note:  Clients need to be in good physical health as the terrain is undulating and requires some climbing and good balance.

 


Glacier Valley Walk

This relaxing, interpretive walk is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. Walking through the regenerating rainforest and along the glacier valley your guide will explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings. After crossing over the public barriers and a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier.

Minimum Numbers: 4

Guide to Client Ratio: 1 - 13

Departures: 10:15am and 2:15pm

Duration:  3 hours

Suitable for Children: Minimum age is 6 years old.

Includes: Breathable Rain Jacket, waterproof over-trousers (if required), socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots), crampons, woollen hats and gloves (if required)

What to bring: 2-4 warm upper body layers (ideally woollen or poly-prop), quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans), food and drink for the day, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and backpack.

Please don't bring any mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players, passports, wallets or car/room keys with you on the walk.


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