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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

  • 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
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
From $55.60
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10:15AM DepartureMost Popular
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 10am and returns at 1pm
From $55.60
2:15PM Departure
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 2:15pm and returns at 5:15pm
From $55.60
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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Reviews (118)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Good hike, great destination

We decided to do this hike late in the afternoon on our first day in Franz Josef. Because of the time, shortly into the hike the helicopters were gone and everything was peaceful. Lovely waterfalls along the way. Trail is well-maintained. Glad we went when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Barbara M
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile
Great walk. Great guide. Awesome

Our guide, Zak, was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. My teenagers had a great time and learnt a few things too. Great fun and awesome to get off the main tracks, getting up close to other waterfalls and having a fantastic view point if the...More

Thank Julie O
Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Kia ora JulieO Many thanks for taking the time to place a review on your Glacier Valley Walk with us. We're thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed your hike through the valley with Zak and came away with some new-found knowledge! We're...More

Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile
Glacier Hike was unforgettable

Gatlin did a great job. We are older and not used to hiking. Gatlin was helpful, very informative about the geology, plants, and any questions he was asked. Very professional. It was a great day!More

3  Thank sharisen2014
Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2018

Kia ora Sharise N Thank you very much for taking the time to place a review on your glacier experience with us, we're so glad you enjoyed your day. We do have a great team of guides who have excellent local knowledge and some great...More

Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile
Great tour

Great hike along the valley floor to the glacier, which is awesome. Our guide Lawrence was excellent, very informative and friendly. Make sure you bring waterproof jacket. Walk is not strenuous, suitable for all ages. Check in was easy and you also get admission to...More

1  Thank samuelphillips
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

Kia ora samuelphillips, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is fantastic to hear that you had such a wonderful experience exploring the Franz Josef Glacier Valley with Lawrence. We will make sure to pass on your comments to...More

Reviewed September 1, 2018
Worth the money

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 September 4, 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

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October 31, 2018|
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Response from Raja V | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They provide all equipment
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Response from Carol M | Reviewed this property |
You don't need a tour for this walk/bike. You do need transportation to get to the entrance from the small town. If you have your own transportation, you are good to go! We went on the hike as our heli hike to the glacier... More
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