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Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Okarito, New Zealand
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About Glacier Valley Eco Tours
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.
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Locally owned at operated family business. Informative small group tours with experienced nature guide. . Family-friendly and suitable for all ages & abilities, we cater tours to suit you, at your pace. Lots of information on glaciology, geology, geomorphology, flora & fauna, local legends & history.
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hugabe wrote a review Yesterday
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
The tour was a very pleasant addition to the natural beauty of the area, Cliff was a personable and informative guide who has an obvious affinity to the region and a love of nature in general. We learnt so much information about glacier formation, the fauna and flora and the Zero Invasive Predators initiative. Making our way across some glacial fed streams was an exhilarating highlight. My wife and I are pleased to recommend it as it improved our knowledge of our beautiful country.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Mike28a wrote a review Apr 2022
Baltimore, Maryland159 contributions82 helpful votes
My wife and I hiked up on a day after it had been raining significantly, so the trail was a bit treacherous in places. In fact, I fell three different times (nothing significant beyond some scrapes. This is by no means a novice hike, but its well worth it. We learned about various ferns and rock formations on the mountain and heard a first-hand account of the movements of the glacier up and down the valley over the past 25 years.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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mikemole2022 wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Cliff was absolutely brilliant! We went on the Fox Glacier walk with twin 14 yr old boys. They enjoyed the full 4 hour trip because Cliff has so many interesting things to point out and stories to tell. Helped that we went a little off the track too! Book with these guys, you won't regret it.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Responded Feb 22, 2022
Thanks so much for your review!!! much appreciated in these times! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful area of Aotearoa NZ Thanks Tash
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KCGIS wrote a review Jan 2022
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
Cliff was an excellent tour guide. We did the Fox Glacier tour and the Lake Matheson tour. Cliff was full of facts, information and interesting stories. Our tours ran longer than scheduled (which was AOK with us) because Cliff was giving us so much info. I highly recommend Glacier Valley Eco Tours.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Responded Feb 3, 2022
Thanks for your great review - much appreciated at the moment! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels on the West Coast of NZ :) Cheers Tash
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nicolerutter wrote a review Jan 2022
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We had a great time with Cliff as our guide - he took us off the beaten track, onto old tracks - only ones that would be known to guides really. We got great views of Franz Joseph glacier, as you cannot get close to it these days unless you do Helicopter etc. He went at our pace, we had 2 kids - and helped me up and down some rocks, as I am no mountain goat!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Responded Jan 19, 2022
Thanks for your great review, much appreciated! we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around the West Coast NZ :)
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