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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

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 ample hiking time, see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes.
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amberkahu wrote a review Aug 9
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
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We had the most incredible day! Beautiful blue skies, no wind and got to experience seeing the clearest blue ice. After 4 days of rain and crazy winds! Our guide "Rookie" was fantastic and we cant recommend him enough. He definitely made the experience much better! Very knowledgable and made us feel safe at all times. The whole team was also lovely and all safety/covid procedures are top notch! We can't wait to come back and do another Heli Hike and we loved it so much we also want to do the Heli Climb as well! Thank you guys so much. This was the highlight of our trip and probably the best experience I have ever had. Joe & Amber.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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NLRC wrote a review Jul 2022
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A fantastic experience, very safe , spectacular scenery, great guides full of local information and glacier knowledge ( great work John & Serena )
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simana3493 wrote a review May 2022
Cambridge, New Zealand16 contributions26 helpful votes
We initially thought we would do a scenic flight over the glacier but when the opportunity and weather presented itself, we thought this was a chance not to be missed. Incredible experience to walk around the ice fields and see crevasses and ice towers up close and personal. All equipment provided and safety seemed to be the priority which was much appreciated. Walking on crampons and being clipped in made us feel very much the mountaineers and the kids loved it. Our guide was fabulous and informative and I felt all our kids (youngest aged 10) were in good hands. Thanks for the opportunity to do this - a highlight of our trip. Fingers crossed our kids kids get to do the same!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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RhondaAC wrote a review Apr 2022
New Zealand44 contributions17 helpful votes
A great experience. An extremely professional operation where we always felt safe. From covid security to helicopter procedures to walking on the glacier all combined to create a wonderful experience in a very special environment. The colours and shapes of the ice are just beautiful, our guide was great.
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Response from FJGlacierGuides, Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded Apr 12, 2022
Tēnā koe RhondaAC, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We love to share the beauty of Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier) with our manuhiri, enjoy the rest of your travels! Tēnā rawa atu koe.
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Kenny wrote a review Feb 2022
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Unreal experience worth ever dollar! Laurelle was extremely friendly, thanks for telling me to look at my feet! Our guide Chris was very friendly and extremely knowlegable, highly recommend him as your guide! it was an unforgettable experience. Thanks for a great day!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from FJGlacierGuides, Glacier Guide at Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Responded Feb 9, 2022
Kia ora Kendz13, Thankyou for your review. We are very happy to hear you were well looked after by ground crew and our guides. An unforgettable experience is what we thrive for! We will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team. Ngā mihi, Romina
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