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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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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
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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.
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Reviewed 10 January 2019 via mobile

Tip: private hot pools and the Pamper Package are heavily discounted for people who've booked a glacier walk or heli hike. Well worth the upgrade! We had two guides take us through the valley to the glacier. Both guides were great: friendly and full of...More

1  Thank SashaM445
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2019

Kia ora SashaM445. Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to do so. Sounds like you had great time exploring the Franz Josef Valley with our guides and finishing up your day in the Glacier Hot Pools. Agreed that discounts for...More

Reviewed 2 December 2018

We decided to do this hike late in the afternoon on our first day in Franz Josef. Because of the time, shortly into the hike the helicopters were gone and everything was peaceful. Lovely waterfalls along the way. Trail is well-maintained. Glad we went when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Our guide, Zak, was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. My teenagers had a great time and learnt a few things too. Great fun and awesome to get off the main tracks, getting up close to other waterfalls and having a fantastic view point if the...More

Thank Julie O
Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Kia ora JulieO Many thanks for taking the time to place a review on your Glacier Valley Walk with us. We're thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed your hike through the valley with Zak and came away with some new-found knowledge! We're...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Gatlin did a great job. We are older and not used to hiking. Gatlin was helpful, very informative about the geology, plants, and any questions he was asked. Very professional. It was a great day!More

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Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Kia ora Sharise N Thank you very much for taking the time to place a review on your glacier experience with us, we're so glad you enjoyed your day. We do have a great team of guides who have excellent local knowledge and some great...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Great hike along the valley floor to the glacier, which is awesome. Our guide Lawrence was excellent, very informative and friendly. Make sure you bring waterproof jacket. Walk is not strenuous, suitable for all ages. Check in was easy and you also get admission to...More

2  Thank samuelphillips
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Kia ora samuelphillips, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is fantastic to hear that you had such a wonderful experience exploring the Franz Josef Glacier Valley with Lawrence. We will make sure to pass on your comments to...More

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