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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Franz Josef Glacier Guides
The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem 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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Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. And with three hours of hiking time, you’ll see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes, then finishing the day with a soak in a hot pool.
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$331.73 per adult
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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.
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$54.71 per adult
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Extraordinary experience. Superb treatment We were so lucky to be able to go up Our guide Melvin from Amsterdam just great, clear instructions and cool while very safe

Date of experience: July 2019
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Aimee_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora luismV9649JF, Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience, it truly is a once in a lifetime experience! I will pass your kind words on to Melvin. Safe Travels. Ngā mihi, Aimee

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a supremely exciting and adventurous holiday event for our family of 2 adults and 2 boys, aged 10 and 12. Our guide, Melvin, was so informative, competent and engaging. The helicopter ride was exhilarating!!! The hike both challenging and exciting!!! Thoroughly recommended, and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Aimee_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Robyn, Thank you for taking the time to place your review. I'm glad you all had an amazing time on the Heli Hike, it sounds like it was a heap of fun! I will be sure to pass on your kind words to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great experience. Our guide was excellent really informative and experienced. He often stopped to provide us interesting facts and info about the glacier and surrounding areas/plants. The private track was great and got to see some of the rainforest up close. However don’t...More

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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora chloepaige18, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your Valley Walk experience. It is fantastic to hear you had such a great time and learnt some interesting facts along the way. The Valley Walk is indeed a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an experience I won’t forget. The day we set off for the glacier it was very cold and rainy and we didn’t expect to have a great trip to the glacier but this was not the case. We started out getting geared up...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora sophie12342016, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you sharing your experience. It is great to hear it will be one you won't forget and that you were able to take away some new knowledge from the walk. We will make sure to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent trip , everyone from start to finish was friendly and knowledgeable, I think that is the way all the people in New Zealand areMore

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Date of experience: June 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora neelyjoey2, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time. Fantastic to hear you had such an excellent Heli Hike. We will have to pass on the great feedback to the team. Safe travels on the remainder of your trip! Ngā...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing hike around the glacier. Great weather meant a beautiful day for everyone. Felt very safe with our guide, even as we got to explore a track that was very new. Scott was great at explaining the procedure and demonstrating techniques for traversing the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Gabriella, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time sharing you Heli Hike experience. It is great to hear that you had such an amazing time exploring the glacier. We will make sure to pass on the awesome comments to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome!! Simply awesome!!! We gave ourselves two days to do this as weather plays a big part in their ability to fly you up to the glacier We got lucky, first morning, skies were crisp and blue so up we went Staff are friendly and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Matt, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It is fantastic to hear you had such an amazing time on your Heli Hike, exploring the crevasses and ice tunnels. Awesome that we managed to get...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see if you come to Franz! My husband and i chose to do the glacier hike via Franz Joseph glacier guides and they were wonderful! It is well worth spending the day doing this! The company provides you gear for the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Ashley42488, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your Heli Hike experience. It is awesome to hear you had such a wonderful time exploring our beautiful backyard. We will make sure to pass on the great comments...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled around the North & South Islands on holidays with friends. Decided to fly into Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter. All of us agreed that this was the highlight of our holiday. A day you will never forget

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Date of experience: June 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Relax27783745283, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your comments. It is fantastic to hear it was such an unforgettable experience and the highlight of your trip. Ngā mihi, Georgia

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I did the Heli Hike mid June, low season. It was awesome, one of the best experiences we have had and a definite must do. Our guide, Liam, was also awesome, extremely knowledgable and he made the day even better if that...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora CairnsMel, Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your Heli Hike experience. It is awesome to hear you had such an incredible time and that it is one of the best experiences you have ever done. It...More

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ikihappy
November 17, 2018|
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Thanks! Ya I well understand it can be cancelled as the weather is really unpredictable there so I want to know if they would try to defer the Heli Hike to afternoon and if yes what would be the latest time slot becoz I... More
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ikihappy
November 8, 2018|
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kia ora ikihappy, Yes we recommend to bring 2-3 warm upper layers and leggings or track pants down below. We will provide extra layers and waterproofs at no extra costs if we believe you do not have the sufficient gear... More
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cailinruadh
October 18, 2018|
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Response from Federico H | Reviewed this property |
Some parts are up and down, but it's not so rough. Enjoy!
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