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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 1 September 2018

Glacier guides are extremely professional bunch of guides and did a fantastic job in the valley walk. These guys are knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining the fauna, geology and history of the place. They have all sorts of equipment for the walk...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Raja V
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Kia ora Raja, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature. Awesome to hear you had such a great time exploring the glacier, sounds like you learnt...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018

We were disappointed that the weather precluded our Glacier Hike, so settled for the Valley Walk. It was very informative, and Andy was a great guide, imparting a lot of information along the way which made the walk all that more enjoyable. We proceeded in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Carol M
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Kia ora Carol M, 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. I will pass this feedback onto Andy, as you have learnt he...More

Reviewed 4 May 2018

Our walk with excellent guide Zach is a highlight of our trip. The guide can make all the difference, and Zach brought an energy to the walk that made the subject come alive. The setting is amazing and thistory/geology is fascinating. I learned more about...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ann Z
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Ann, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature, sounds like you had an amazing time out in the Valley. We will make sure to...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018

My heli-hike was cancelled due to poor weather, so I opted to take the valley walk instead. It took me a while to write this review because I did not wish to come across as negative, but I have to say, I did not enjoy...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MaddyM77
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Kia ora MaddyM77, Thank you for taking your time to place your review on Trip Advisor, we appreciate your comments. We apologise that our tour did not reach your expectations. Yes there is a public track, though we like to offer the Valley Walk as...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018

So Franz Josef is a pretty small town, and if you are not driving, there isn't a ton to do. We initially wanted to do the heli-hike, however, it is very weather dependent. Unfortunately the day we wanted to go, there was rain. Fortunately for...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Kia ora Michael, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you managed to get up onto the Heli Hike and the Valley Walk. In regards to the Valley Walk and the...More

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