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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
+64 3 752 0763
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gen of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers.Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.We make a clear commitment to you that our trip is the most spectacular and rewarding available.
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Booked a heli hike and was blown away. The flight in is breathtaking and then you hit the glacier! It takes about half a day and you definite get your monies worth with experienced guides taking you around the glacier and through a few of the safer crevasses. Absolutely beautiful to look at.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We drove over 6 hours to get to Franz Josef from Queenstown for the glacier walk (a hellish windy drive with road closures on SH6 at Diana Falls). Upon arriving for our Heli Hike, we were told that due to poor weather conditions helicopters were not flying out that day. Apparently this happens quite often because weather is very unpredictable... More

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We couldn't do the Heli hike which we had booked with another company due to the bad weather. Well since we can't do the Heli Hike and was not willing to go back to our rooms, we engaged Franz Josef Glacier Guides for their Valley Walk. Reception service wasn't great and this could be understandable since they have been rejecting... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We booked for an ice walking. The staff was professional, helpful. On going up, warm clothes, boots are provided - you need to leave your belongings in a lockable locker. We were brought up to the glacier with a 5-10 mins helicopter ride, then our guides were waiting for us up there. After a nearly 2 hours walk and basic... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We booked for an Ice Walking session, unfortunately it rained continuously. Franz Josef Glacier Guides (FJGG) was pretty quick in deciding whether or not the heli would take off so that made our decision easier. We were lucky that on the third and last day the sky was clear and it was sunny. The guide was quite helpful, her colleague... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Today I did the Franz Joseph Glacier Guides Heli Hike. After gearing up, and some safety instruction, we flew onto the glacier by helicopter. Our guide Cat, met us there, and gave us a bit more on safety, we attached our crampons to our boots and were on our way! We had about 2 hours on the glacier, walking with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We had a great Ice Explorer tour with the great guide Rachel. The tour begins in a short Heli flight in which you get a nice view of the glacier and the surrounding area. You get to travel 3 hours on the ice passing through small caves and climbing stairs. It is not too hard physically, as our guide makes... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If you are going to go through the South Island and want an amazing experience, you must hit up the Glacier Guides!! You start off with an amazing helicopter ride, followed by a fantastic 2-3 hour trek on the glacier! Its an amazing experience which was the highlight of my trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Amazing beauty as you either see the glacier from a walk through the valley or in a helicopter. Fern forests then blue ice of a glacier. Amazing views. Hundreds of waterfalls on the waking path to the glacier. Well worth the walk!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

3 female backpackers in our twenties. We booked the heli hike bu unfortunately this was canceled due to bad weather. Decided to do the valley walk instead without a guide & really enjoyed it. Glad we didn't pay for a guide as it's not necessary.

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