We decided to go on the all-day hike, because it wasn't that much more money and meant more ice time on the glacier, as compared to the half day hike that was only an hour or so of glaicer time. In hindsight, we should have skipped the whole glacier thing and moved on. It was rainy and cold, but the tour proceeded (when you get 10+meters of rain a year in that part of the country, I guess you can't call things off due to rain). The problem with the all-day tour was that it was slow. The guides were very knowledgeable and very keen on safety (which is great!), but as a result, most of the tour was spent standing in the rain with our heads down to keep the rain out of our eyes while they went ahead to go check out the ice conditions. The highlight was making it to what seemed like the "top" where we got to walk into a giant crevace. Aside from that, most of the time was spent waiting in the rain, doing the conversion rate in our heads of how much we paid to stand in the aforementioned rain. I had hiked a glacier before, whereas my husband hadn't, and we both felt it was so-so at best. (Btw, if you are expecting a pristine glacier, think again - this glacier is "dirty" from all the rock debris it scrapes off the mountains.)
If you're looking for a true adventure tour or are tight on time, skip the glaciers (unless you have $$$ and do a helicopter landing) and make your way on to Queenstown. We had much more fun there.
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