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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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  • Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2524HDICE
Be astounded by the natural beauty of the Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the pinnacles area of the glacier to explore this magnificent natural wonder. Your guide will navigate you on a moderately difficult hike through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes affecting the glacier. Afterwards, take a soak in the hot pools to warm up and soothe your muscles. This small-group tour is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice!


  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Start your journey with a short helicopter flight and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Franz Josef Glacier and the surrounding area. Land high up on the glacier near the ice pinnacles, where you will begin your guided walk on a moderately difficult trail.. The pinnacles are an amazing sight: a forest of ice formations that jut out from the glacier at different angles. Walk through the maze of ice and explore the magnificent natural landscape, while discovering first-hand the dramatic environmental changes that are affecting the glacier.

Afterward your thrilling glacier hike, return back to Franz Josef by helicopter and relax with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools. These hot pools are nestled in a lush rainforest and are sourced by pure glacier water. Sit back, relax and rejuvenate your muscles in the soothing water -- a perfect way to end the day. The Franz Josef Glacier is a unique experience not to be missed!

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Franz Josef Glacier Guides Base
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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 Joseph 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, as the glacier is advancing and becoming very steep, and 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
  • Franz Josef Glacier receives 16 feet (5 meters) of annual rainfall; refunds will not be given if you decide not to participate because it is raining or because you may get wet feet during the trip
  • 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: Christopher C, January 2015

Unfortunately bad weather cancelled our helicopter flight but our guide, Cliff, was upbeat and enthusiastic nonetheless! We did the glacier walk. The wet-weather gear was excellent and Cliff's informative and witty commentary made our day. Amazing views of the glacier itself. A great way to discover the natural beauty of Fox Glacier. Chris and Sarah, UK.

Reviewed by: Martin O, December 2014

Pricey but sure worth the money spent. Short 5-10min heli flight, couple of hours on the ice. There are several groups that offer this tour but the glacier is big enough for everyone to enjoy in their own respective areas. When you check in, make sure you're in the correct line, there are a few operators immediately next to each other. Knowledgeable and approachable staff, educational experience and also physically engaging. One member of our group knee problems and couldn't continue. I would suggest doing an early flight before winds/weather pick up. Alas, weather is never guaranteed, so can come down to luck and timing. It was a great experience one of the top highlights of our trip, highly recommended.

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Tour code: 2524HDICE