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“Fantastic. The highlight of our trip to NZ”

Franz Josef Glacier
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Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Franz Josef
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed February 19, 2011

I went on a half day hike through Franz Josef Glacier Guides and it was fantastic. Unfortunately it was a rainy day when we went but all the gear was provided and the trip was still awesome. Our tour guide, Michael, was very friendly and helpful.

I weigh 136kg and had no problems climbing up the glacier as the pre-guide team sent out by the guide company cut stairs into the glacier with axes and chainsaws as well as hammer ropes into the difficult parts near the crevices. We came down a different path to that we travelled up.

It was awesome to see the blue ice, the large crevices and the ice caves and the trip to the terminal face of the glacier was great through some rainforest on the way up and down the river bed on the way back.

Also, our tour price included entry to the Glacier Hot Pools and the 40 degree pools were just what we needed after the hike.

I travelled with my family including two teenage children and so stayed at the Glacier Cottages 2.5km out of town north on the highway. These are two bedroom relocatable home type cottages but they are very nicely decorated inside and the host was very friendly. We had a very pleasant stay. There is a view of the glacier from the veranda.

All in all I would say this hike is a 'must do' if you are travelling to NZ. It was my favourite part of the trip.

Thank shanem45
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Reviewed December 31, 2010

It can't get any better than this! The weather was perfect for glacier tramping in Franz Josep! We actually randomly picked a place and ended up having one of the best guided tours ever. We were split in two groups with one advanced and one less advanced though the advanced doesnt mean you are a fast and furious hiker. I barely started hiking when i did this. Our guy was really awesome and made sure that the ice was walkable though we noticed how the other group guide was a little bit more meticulous and considerate. He held on stuff for people; looked and made sure at all times that people werent tripping or anything. I guess that's because he was guiding the less advanced team. The view once you hike up about 4-5 miles is indescribable. Words could never describe this feeling and view. If there is one thing you need to do when you visit New Zealand, this is it! There is also fox glacier which we also stopped by but I think for some reason this place gets to me more! LOVED IT!

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Glacier_Guides, Manager at Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2011

Great to hear! Sounds like you had a brilliant trip with us! Did you visit the Glaicer Hot Pools after?
Kerry, Marketing, Franz Josef Glacier Guides

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Reviewed December 13, 2010

If you take your own car to the glacier car park its a fairly easy and very scenic walk of about 45 minutes each way along the river bed to the glacier face...the glacier hike also enters and leaves by this route.

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Reviewed October 13, 2010

The heli-hike is a must do - simple!

Breathtaking, awe inspiring, amazing!!!

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Reviewed October 9, 2010

We did the Heli-Hike and it was definitely worth the extra money. We were lucky to get an great day as the helicopter is dependent on the weather.
They provided waterproof over trousers, waterproof jackets, socks, mittens, hats and boots. The crampons were in a bag you wore around your waist and you could put anything else you wanted to take in it.
The helicopter ride up was amazing, as you got view the glacier from above. The helicopter takes small groups of people and you wait for the entire group to come up before you start, but was a good opportunity to take photos while you waited. We were in a group of 10 people.
We didn’t end up using the crampons as there was a lot of snow around and was easier to walk in the snow without them. Our guide was great and knew a lot about the history of the glacier and the surrounding area. We walked on the glacier for around 1.5-2 hours at an easy pace behind the guide. We got to walk and crawl through multiple Ice caves and it was an amazing experience. Plenty of time to stop and take photos.
The glacier is beautiful and would definitely recommend this experience - was one of the best things we did on our trip.

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