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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0763
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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
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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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63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0763
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a long walk. But you will have wonderful and stunning views, an excellent guide - at least Andrew was the finest - and stories to tell.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed our walk 2,5 hours activity ! You have to be in a good condition to make this walk and that is why the guides take their time to prepare this activity. A bus brings you to the start of the walk. We walked...More

Thank Guy9120
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a really unique experience and a must-do if you're wanting to explore the glacier. The helicopter ride up to the ice is incredible (albeit short) and you get to see the glacier from a different vanatage point than by doing the walk up...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

An amazing experience, everyone needs to do this!!!! Our guide, Sam, was knowledgeable & awesome. Thanks Sam

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Truly a breathtaking experience that you don't want to miss. Guides are very friendly. The 3 hours flies by quickly. Even my 10 years old girl enjoyed herself a lot.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Of course you're going to go to the glacier when you're in town, but why simply go look at it from a distance when you can hike it?!?! Highly recommend the heli-hike experience. Helicopter ride was awesome, and the hiking is even better! My guide...More

Thank Adam33Wood
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have the money, the heli-hike is a must do! You take a tiny helicopter up - an experience in itself - to the start of the glacier which gives you great views and then you walk in a group with one guide across...More

Thank Tilda D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heli-hike was an unbelievable experience! Harry, our guide was knowledgeable, ensured everyone in the group got individual attention and had the craic. It was clear that everyone seemed to enjoy their jobs, particularly the Iko helicopter pilot and their enthusiasm was contagious. Other than dressing...More

Thank KimCal28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing time!!!! The moment we walked in the door, everyone from FJGG were welcoming and happy!! The tour guides, Zac and Sam were very informative about the Glacier and were just a fun couple of fella's! Even the Helicopter driver was good for...More

Thank James C
Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora James Thanks so much for your review, we're very glad you enjoyed your experience with us. It's important to us that our guests feel welcome, informed and safe as well as enjoying the hike itself so it's great to get your feedback on...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place, unique experience, not to be missed , Wonderful place to meet, amazing, I want to returnMore

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Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Carlos Thanks so much for taking the time to place a review on Trip Advisor. We're so pleased you had a great time and are keen to come back to Franz Josef one day - we look forward to welcoming you back! Safe...More

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August 16, 2017|
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Response from Manila S | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes the tours later in the day get cancelled due to bad weather. It is generally a better idea to do the earlier trips.
July 26, 2017|
Response from Kate_NTT_Southern | Property representative |
Kia ora Shorter, Thank you for your enquiry. Fantastic that you are going to be doing a heli-hike trip with us. We provide jackets and boots for your trip. It doesn't get too cold up on the glacier in Summer so as long as... More
July 4, 2017|
Response from jasperdordrecht | Reviewed this property |
yes you can , i did it also. they even give you time to make pictures