We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

From US$52.47
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Highlights
  • 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
Read more
Select Date and Travellers
Enter Date
Select Travellers
Tour options (4)
Book online or call:800-130-2207
2:15PM Departure 10:15
Most Popular
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 2:15pm and returns at 5:15pm
From US$52.47
2:15PM Departure 14:15
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 2:15pm and returns at 5:15pm
From US$52.47
10:15AM Departure 14:15
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 10am and returns at 1pm
From US$52.47
Show 1 more
Low Price Guarantee
Overview
Hike to Franz Josef Glacier along the Waiho River on a half-day guided hiking tour that explores local ecology, history, and the terminal face of the glacier itself. Since the hiking tour includes equipment, from boots to waterproof clothing, you don’t need specialized gear to explore Franz Josef Glacier, and group size is limited to 13 hikers to ensure personal service from the guide.
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.
Show More
Reviews (120)
Filter reviews
51 results
Traveller rating
31
15
4
1
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
31
15
4
1
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews glacier valley hot pools terminal face hot chocolate from head to toe wealth of information included entry ice cubes great guide great hike poor weather hiking shoes pouring rain temperate rainforest included in the price full refund plants
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 51 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Thank kieradoherty
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 15 April 2019

You can walk to the galcier yourself, but taking this guided walk is much better! Nicole was an amazing guide who shared a wealth of information about the glacier and the area. Fascinating! We got to go through a part of the temperate rain forest...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sharon S
757masons, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2019

Kia ora Sharon S, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is always fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us in Franz Josef Glacier, especially on the Glacier Valley Walk. Nicole is a great guide and...More

Reviewed 22 March 2019

This tour does not include walking on glacier ice. First, the Franz Josef Glacier Guides provided rain pants, rain coat, boots, walking stick, and knit hat. We used their boots and coats. Rain was predicted but it was sunny and hot. The walk included a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jamfau
757masons, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2019

Kia ora jamfau, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is always fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us in Franz Josef Glacier on the Glacier Valley Walk. We look forward to welcoming you back the...More

Reviewed 19 March 2019

wonderful guide, Josh answered all the questions we had. Small group. Hike at the pace you are comfortable with, they split us into two groups based on ability. Able to see great views of the glacier that are not open to the public. Gear was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jreim21
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2019

Kia ora Jreim21, Thank you for the review, we love hearing about your wonderful Valley Walk experience. It is fantastic to hear Josh did an amazing job as your guide. We definitely agree that it is worth doing it guided with the private view point,...More

Reviewed 3 March 2019

Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful.He ensure we are safe through out the walk and even help us at some points. Beautiful view of the valley and the Glaciers. At some points, the walk is on shaky rocks and would recommend walking boots.More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank peterchee
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2019

Kia ora peterchee, Thank you for the review, we appreciate the feedback. Great to hear you got to learn lots on the Valley Walk, we agree that the views are pretty beautiful. Perks of doing a guided Valley Walk is that if you do not...More

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Donzk6
6 March 2019|
Answer
Response from Ab K |
I am also curious about WInter! I am going mid of JUne also.
0
Votes
Key Details
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall: 800-130-2207
    Product code: 2524GV_ECO