Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Glacier Valley Eco Tours
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is small local family owner/operator business based in Franz Josef Glacier. We specialise in small informative guided walking tours in and around our Glacier Country NZ. We offer trips to Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers, as well as the iconic Lake Matheson, and Okarito township, as well as full day tours and combo tours. We can tailor trips to suit you. Small group sizes (10 max) and families welcome, no age restriction. We offer nature tours off the beaten path of public tracks in Franz Josef & Fox Glacier, which includes loads of information on geology, glaciology, history, local flora & fauna. We currently have 100% NZ guides who all bring different qualities to our clients experience - they maybe Story Tellers, Geologists, Botonists or Ecologists. We offer free use of our wet weather gear on all our tours, including raincoats, overtrousers, umbrellas, as well as walking poles and boots if required. On all our tours we provide tea, coffee & biscuits.
West Coast Region, New Zealand

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2023

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Eileen T
Leeds, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are thinking of booking a tour of any of the Glaciers here or Lakes. You would be hard pressed to find a better company than this.
They are a family run business with awesome staff.
We did the Combo tour of Franz Josef Glacier and Lake Matheson.
Our guide for the Glacier was a bubbly lass, her knowledge was outstanding, she answered all questions thrown at her and she did all this with the boss assessing her on root. Thank you Ballie and Cliff for making our experience a memorable one.
Our guide for the Lake was equally as knowledgeable and her passion for her job shone through. She opened our eyes to the different types of moss around that we would not look twice at. She did not rush us and answered all our question. When we arrived at the lake it was breathtaking. It got better the longer we were there. Again we were not rushed. So thank you Ella for making our time there memorable too.
On both tours we had refreshments, always a bonus.
We even had really good rain coats borrowed from them, thankfully we didn't need them.
As I have said, don't look past this tour.
They are awesome people.
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you for your kind word im so glad you had such a good time on our tours. We hope the rest of your travels though our beautiful country are just as enjoyable.
Written January 31, 2020
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andycarpetman
Balsall Common, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
David was our guide and he was very knowledgeable regarding the flora and geology. To be fair you could do this walk yourself from the car park for free. The only difference is a small walk off the track where we learned lots about the flora. If you just want a walk to look at the glacier then do it yourself for free but if you want a guide and want to know what you are looking at and details of the glacier and it’s history then pay the money and you will not regret it.
Written January 19, 2020
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great thanks for your brilliant review, much appreciated to our little family company :) hope you enjoy the remainder of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ
Written January 21, 2020
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Ken
Spain9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Weather was not the greatest during our stay at Franz Josef but we were very glad we took this tour. Our guide Ella was fantastic. Her enthusiasm for nature shone through. We left the beaten track in places to get better views of the glacier and a close up of the plants and trees around the lake. We could have done this trip under our own steam but learnt so much more with Ella. The tea and ginger biscuits were an added bonus. By the end of the trip we felt we were firm friends and not just clients. Thank you Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Written February 20, 2020
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Thanks so much for your great review ! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ :)
Written March 18, 2020
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alexdavies2020
Perth, Australia1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This tour was ok, we got a slightly better view of the glacier but no closer than the public viewing area. Along the way we had to endure a lot of useless facts about minor aspects of the local ecology. If I had my time again, I’d probably just do the free public walking trail instead of paying $80 for this tour.
Written January 1, 2020
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Hi there and thanks for your review. Unfortunately due to safety reasons we cannot get any closer to the glacier due to rockfall risk. We take our clients safety seriously and believe our tour is fantastic enough with our knowledgable guides as well as our local flora and fauna that you would miss if you went on the track by yourself. Sounds like you wanted to do a HeliHike onto the glacier instead? We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country Aotearoa NZ :)
Written January 2, 2020
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Shari
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
It was an amazing day with all gear that was needed fully supplied as part of the deal - if needed ie boots wet weather gear. I cant believe that one man could hold such interesting indepth glacial, bushcraft and local knowledge. Then deliver it back to our group in such a fun way. We as a family thoroughly enjoyed our adventures off the beaten path even though the weather was against us in the early part. We really had the most fantastic day and are eager to come back and enjoy more adventures with Cliff and the awesome team, we seriously cant recommend them enough.
Written April 25, 2021
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amazing review, thank you so much! it is very much appreciated to our little family company especially during these times :) We hoped you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ :)
Written April 28, 2021
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ard222017
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The tour guide, Cliff was very knowledgeable about the glacier, its history, and the native plants. The tour also takes you off the main track to see more of the river valley and the rainforest. I would definitely recommend this tour if you are interested in learning about the area and getting off the beaten track a bit!
Written October 7, 2020
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thanks very much for your great review of our little company :) much appreciated, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ :)
Written October 7, 2020
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Jet523816
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There was only 4 in our group so we recieved a very personal tour which met our individual needs. Unfortunately due to heavy recent rains the road for closer viewing of the Glacier was closed so we were disappointed we were unable to get very close to the glacier. Our guide Elle was very friendly and took us to a secret waterfall viewing area and we had a nice cup of hot chocolate and biscuit during our walk.
Written February 23, 2020
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thanks for your review, much appreciated :)
Written March 18, 2020
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Sally S
Rotorua District, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Professional service and knowledgeable guides. Safety is important so our Franz Josef walk has to be modified to accommodate weather. We were able to go on tracks not open to the general public seeing special plants and vistas. Thanks to Dave and Ella our guides.
Written February 14, 2020
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Thanks for your great review - much appreciated!
Written March 18, 2020
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whohasthis
Nice, France10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
As a family of 4 with children 7 and 9 we were concerned that this might not hold their interest. This was not the case, they really enjoyed it. We went off the usual track into the forest, learned a little about the fauna. The tour was cut short due to bad weather before we arrived and with out asking they refunded us a little of the cost. Unexpected but a lovely gesture. I would recommend this trip.
Written March 21, 2020
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thanks so much for your great review, much appreciated! we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ :)
Written March 22, 2020
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MMandKM
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Great small group activity. (we were a group of 7).
Cliff our guide was great, very knowledgable and super friendly. Shared lots of information on the glaciers, forest, birds and everything in between.
We highly recommend this activity to beat the crowds and see and experience far more than would be possible on your own
Written December 4, 2022
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Kia ora thanks for your great review of our little company, much appreciated :)
Written December 9, 2022
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