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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

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Address: 63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0763
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 18:30
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The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gen of New...

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gen of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers.Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives you the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.We make a clear commitment to you that our trip is the most spectacular and rewarding available.

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US$ 54.48*
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
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US$ 326.13*
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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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Amazing heli hike tour

Went on the heli hike. Although expansive, but so worth it. You get to ride on a helicopter, walk on the glacier, see blue ice, hear a little about the history of the place. And... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Went on the heli hike. Although expansive, but so worth it. You get to ride on a helicopter, walk on the glacier, see blue ice, hear a little about the history of the place. And if you are lucky, you get a really pretty guide! Thanks Ellie for the great tour!

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora William, Thank you for your review. We are so excited that you had great tour with Ellie. The glacier is quite surreal isn't it. Hope you got some photos to be able to show you family and friends. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind Regards, Kate More 

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Earlier this week I went on the Ice Explorer trip on the Franz Josef glacier and had an incredible time. We had Cody as our guide and he did a fantastic job. He was funny, very well informed, and he put an emphasis on safety while still having a good time with us. The natural beauty on the ice was... More 

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Cordelia, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you had an incredible Ice Explorer trip. It is quite breathtaking isn't it. Hope you managed to some great photos. Safety is paramount to us but understand that it important to ensure each visitor have a fun and memorable time. We love you recommendation too - thank you.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Loved the informative guided walk. The guide was lovely and full of information. It was a bit slippery on the loose rocks in parts so probably wouldn't suit elderly or very young walkers. Most of the track was rated as easy though by us.

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your review. We are so glad you loved your Glacier Valley walk when visiting Franz Josef. We hope you learnt a few interesting facts on your walk. Safe travels. Kind Regards, Kate More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Overall the experience was awesome!! everyone in FJG Guides are very helpful and friendly. On the day registration process was stress-free. The guides on the glacier took a really good care of us. I guess we're the lucky ones considering it had been raining heavily for the entire week, but on the day it was a clear day...yayy!! and making... More 

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Yuriko, Thank you for your review. We are so excited to read you had an awesome experience. Although it does rain a bit the ice always looks amazing afterwards. Being up on the ice is quite breathtaking and surreal. It is definitely nice to be able to stop and have a moment to enjoy the view. Perfect day... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Tour guides : Sam and Harry You get heli flight to glaciers + all rental equipment (just wear warm clothes) + keep a beanie + hot pool entry! (1-9pm for hot pools) Fox glacier – there’s a walk you can do for free! I recommend staying here for 2 nights so gives you flexibility to with heli flights and weather... More 

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FJGlacierGuides, Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Ben W Great to hear you had an awesome trip with us! So please to hear the weather was kind. I hope the rest of your travels in NZ were safe and enjoyable. Nga mihi Kerry Franz Josef Glacier Guides More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The organisation & technology of this company is exceptional. Every piece of equipment & clothing issued as standard for the ice trips is of high quality. The Guides on our trip were fantastic - we had an experienced one & one in training & both knew their stuff about procedures, equipment & the geology of the glacier. Very expensive but... More 

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Trentles, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you had a great trip. We pride ourselves on providing our guest with exceptional service and high quality gear to be comfortable and safe. Our guides knowledge is outstanding and I will be sure to pass your compliments onto the team. We hope you captured some memorable moments... More 

East Grinstead
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Fantastic experience! Andrew our guide was awesome gave us lots of info. Would deffinately recommend.

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Sarah, Thank you for your review. We are so excited to read you had a fantastic experience. I will be sure to pass your compliments onto Andrew. Love your recommendation too - thanks you. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. Safe travel. Kind Regards, Kate More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the tour especially the mini waterfall along the way and we had a beautiful site of the mountain as we trekked across streams and small slopes to reach mid way not far from the mountain slope. The guide was a nice young man and very knowledgeable about the area.

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Billy, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to read you enjoyed you Valley Walk with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. The great thing about all the rain on the West Coast is the beautiful waterfalls. The walk is a nice stroll and it is quite cool how close to the glacier you can get without being... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We had a great afternoon on the Franz Joseph Glacier Heli-hike. The guide were fun and informative, they tailor each walk to the group they have. Got to see some very cool ice formations. Plenty of opportunities to take photos. The only negative was we opted to do the "scenic" helicopter ride, the more expensive option, which was only nine... More 

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Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this review

Kia ora Ang, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a great afternoon heli-hike trip but sorry to read that you thought the scenic flight was a negative.. Being up on the glacier is quite surreal isn't it. Great that you got lots of photos. Our guides are fantastic and really enjoy their job so... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

The guides were very knowledgable and informative on the geography and flora and fauna of the area. They were ver friendly and made the tour very enjoyable.

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