I'm planning a trip to NZ and will be on the West Coast in late October. We'd like to do a glacier hike, but I would like to hear other's experiences. I've seen that Franz Josef Glacier Guides and Glacier Valley Eco Tours both offer guided service. Can anyone provide a recommendation?
Also, is there a prime time for avoiding the tour buses? I'll have a car and can avoid peak times if necessary. Is a full-day advisable over a half-day? My wife and I are 30 and in good shape.