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Lake Matheson Eco Tour provided by Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Lake Matheson Eco Tour

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    Lake Matheson Walk
    Stop: 3 hours
    Our guide will pick you up from your accommodation or at one of our meeting points, and drive to the Lake Matheson car park. From there you will begin your guided walking tour in our small groups with your knowledgeable guide. There will be lots of stops along the way, with about 30 mins for a cup of tea and a chance to marvel at the views of this stunning mirror-like lake.
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Important Information
Departure Point
20 Main Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand Department of Conservation - Fox Glacier Area Office, 6 Main Road, Fox Glacier 7886, New Zealand
3–4 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • West weather clothing
  • walking boots - please call if required due to limited stock
  • Walking poles if required
  • umbrellas
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please bring an extra on or two long sleeved warm top layers of clothing
  • Please wear suitable footwear for walking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please call us to order sizes for wet weather clothing
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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buffykc wrote a review May 2020
Mooroolbark, Australia552 contributions31 helpful votes
It was a very early start for the drive out - but we were rewarded with the most beautiful sunrise over the lake. Along the path, Cliff was fabulous yet again and explained the flora and how things grew! Give yourself a chance to witness this marvelous sight!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Tash G, Owner at Lake Matheson Eco Tour
Responded Sep 10, 2020
Thanks again!
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Lord MacDuff wrote a review Mar 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom651 contributions340 helpful votes
Our transport to Lake Matheson arrived bang on pick-up time at 6am and we were swiftly transported to the village of Fox Glacier to pick up others. We were therefore the first vehicle in the car park beside the café at Lake Matheson and when we walked in our early start was
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sachin K wrote a review Nov 2019
Plainview, New York5,761 contributions16,679 helpful votes
This eco tour was awesome simply for the knowledgeable, informative, interactive and friendly tour guide/driver. Learnt a lot about the trees, plantations and natural vegetations of the region. The natural scenery was spectacular in the midst of the rain. Would certainly very
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18 Helpful votes
Response from Tash G, Owner at Lake Matheson Eco Tour
Responded Dec 4, 2019
thanks so much for your great review ! much appreciated . We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ Aotearoa
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By: Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Glacier tour
Our guide David was excellent. Very knowledgeable and showed us places off the main track. Very enjoyable morning.
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Glazier Walk
A must visit because in time, it'll be gone. David was very knowledgeable and helpful and the off track time added
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Franz Josef Eco Tour Walk
Fantastic guided walk with David - we had an awesome time. David was so informative and we learnt so much. Also enj
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great tour!
Very worthwhile tour, we really appreciated that the tour was still on even though only two of us had booked - many
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Great tour of Franz Josef
The tour guide, Cliff was very knowledgeable about the glacier, its history, and the native plants. The tour also t
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Informative adventure
My wife and I had a great adventure with Cliff. We explored a waterfall then took the path less trodden through the
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Amazing View
It was fantastic and the view of the glacier made our day. Our guide Cliff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Woul
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Glacial greatness
A great tailored experience! Cliff was an amazing tour guide, with great chats and in depth knowledge. We loved goi
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Amazing tour - Cliff rocks!
We had a brilliant morning out at Franz Josef Glacier - we walked to the base, Cliff showed us things that we would
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Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Our tour of the Franz Josef Glacier was well done, incredibly interesting and beautiful. The guides were personabl
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It was really interesting with great views. We saw many cool animals and plants and of course the glacier. Cliff w
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Enjoyable tour with knowledgeable guide
As a family of 4 with children 7 and 9 we were concerned that this might not hold their interest. This was not the
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Brilliant informative tour
Brilliant 1/2 day walking tour to along the Franz Josef valley. Very informative we learnt a lot about the trees an
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Excellent tour
Ella was a perfect guide. Her knowledge of the glacier as well as the local flora and fauna was spot on. With onl
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My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We considered doing the walk ourselves but decided we wanted to
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3–4 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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