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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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Overview
Hike to Franz Josef Glacier along the Waiho River on a half-day guided hiking tour that explores local ecology, history, and the terminal face of the glacier itself. Since the hiking tour includes equipment, from boots to waterproof clothing, you don’t need specialized gear to explore Franz Josef Glacier, and group size is limited to 13 hikers to ensure personal service from the guide.
Highlights
  • Soak in hot pools after a glacier valley hike
  • Follow the path of the glacial retreat up a scenic valley
  • Learn about the glacier’s history and Maori legends
  • Come as you are: all hiking equipment is provided
What to Expect
Make your way to the Franz Josef hiking base camp, get suited up with equipment for the day’s conditions, then take a short bus ride to the trailhead. Set out along the glacier valley, following the Waiho River that marks the glacier’s retreat. As you walk, the guide will share the story of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, as well as the natural history of the Franz Josef Glacier. Once you near the terminal face, you’ll get to cross over the public barrier for a brief climb to a viewpoint over the glacier. After the return hike down the glacier valley, this tour concludes with transfer back to the base camp; since you’ll have tickets to the Glacier Hot Pools that are attached to the hiking base camp, you can soak tired muscles in warm water following the trek.
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Important Information
Departure Point
63 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 3-hour guided glacier tour
  • Professional guide
  • All equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • The glacier walks are quite challenging as the valley floor is undulated and becomes steeper nearer the terminal face, and clients need to be fit and able.
  • Operates in all weather conditions
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The Glacier Valley Walk was fantastic! Our guide, Michael was very knowledgeable, friendly and more than happy to answer any questions we had. The secluded viewing point and hot chocolate were a great and peaceful way to view the glacier.
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Response from Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora caitlyntigani, Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It is great to hear you had a fantastic time on your Valley Walk and that you enjoyed every aspect! We will have to pass on the great comments to Michael! Nga mihi, Georgia
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This is a 100% must do. Even in the pouring rain (you dont get wet as they provide great gear) the whole experience is 👍👌. The amazing scenery and the glacier walk through the valley are just awesome! Our guide Jara was also brilliant, super knowledgeable and friendly. The
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Response from Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia ora Kai123456, Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your Valley Walk experience. We love hearing comments like these and will be sharing them all with Jara and the team. Safe travels and we hope to welcome you back one day to the stunning West Coast. Nga mihi, Georgia
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Me and 3 of my friends booked the Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk on 16 Oct and our guide was Chris Dodds. The walk was pretty tough for me but the view at the end of the walk was AMAZING! I was surprised when Chris took out two big flasks and started making hot drinks for us!
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Response from Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora Janice, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you sharing your Valley Walk experience. It is great to hear you had such an amazing time exploring the valley and your hot drink! Will make sure to pass on the great comments to Chris! Safe travels! Nga mihi, Georgia
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This is a great experience, good walk, not challenging at all. The views along the walk are quite remarkable. Our guide wanted to share his knowledge of the views and flora, and wevgot to taste a bit along the way. The tour operators offer good clothing to keep you protected
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Response from Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Responded 12 Oct 2019
Kia ora David, Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It is fantastic to see you had such a great time on our Valley Walk. Plus awesome to hear you have taken away some new facts and knowledge about the area. Safe travels and we hope to welcome you back one day to the stunning West Coast. Nga mihi, Georgia
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Our guides Lawrence and Elliot were both really knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole tour. Both were very professional and made extra efforts to make sure that everyone from our tour group was engaged. 5 out of 5 for these guys! Or course, Fraz Josef Glacier was
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Response from Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Responded 15 Sep 2019
Kia ora Jason, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, it is fantastic receiving feedback of this nature. We will make sure to pass on the great comments to Lawrence and Elliot. Safe travels and we hope to welcome you back one day to the stunning West Coast. Nga mihi, Georgia
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