Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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  • Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2524HDICE
Discover the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty on this small-group 4-hour Franz Joseph Glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the Pinnacles area of the glacier with your guide. Navigate your way through the maze of ice on your moderately difficult hike. Learn of the dramatic environmental changes affecting the glacier and gain insight into the geological forces at play. Afterwards, take a soak in the hot pools to warm up and soothe your muscles. Group size is limited to 11 to ensure a personalized experience.


  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Choose from four different morning departure times to suit your schedule, then head to the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef to meet your guide. Wrap up against the elements with the protective jacket, trousers, hats, gloves and leather boots provided, and don’t forget to grab your crampons! When you’re fully kitted out, head to your helicopter and start your journey with a short flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and surrounding area from your vantage point high in the sky, then land gently on the glacier and set off with your guide. An amazing sight to behold, there are forests of ice formations jutting out at different angles from the mighty glacier .

Follow your experienced guide through the maze of ice as you explore the magnificent natural landscape. Discover first-hand the dramatic environmental changes that are affecting the glacier and gain insight into the amazing geological forces at play.

At the conclusion of your glacier hike, return to Franz Josef by helicopter and relax with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools. Nestled in a lush rainforest on the edge of town, the hot pools are fed by pure glacier water. Sit back, relax and rejuvenate your muscles in the soothing water — the perfect way to end the day in style!

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Departure Point:
Franz Josef Glacier Guides Base
4 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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8:15AM Departure
Code: AM0815

Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 8:15am, returning at 12:15pm

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9AM Departure
Code: AM0900

Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9am, returning at 1pm

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10:40AM Departure
Code: AM1040

Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 10:40am, returning at 2:40pm

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11:25AM Departure
Code: AM1125

Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:25am, returning at 3:25pm

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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

  • Round-trip helicopter flights to Franz Josef Glacier
  • 3-hours (approx.) guided glacier walk
  • Glacier Hot Pools
  • All hiking equipment (Gore-tex jackets, over trousers, woolen hats and gloves, leather boots, crampons)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Glacier walks are moderately difficult, clients need to be fit and able. Refunds will not be available for clients who cannot participate on the day due to inappropriate fitness levels, i.e. it is important you are selecting the right trip for your physical fitness ability. Guides reserve the right to curtail or cancel trips for clients whose fitness is not appropriate
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Two to four warm upper- body layers of clothing are recommended, quick-drying trousers or shorts (no jeans), a hat and gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera
  • Please bring a bathing suit for the Glacier Hot Pools
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Kelly S, November 2015

Great experience! Awesome helicopter flight up to the glacier, knowledgable and entertaining guides, gorgeous scenery! Everyone should go on this glacier walk!

Reviewed by: Pam R, November 2015

What a unique and wonderful experience. A must do if you visit Queenstown.

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Tour code: 2524HDICE