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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0763
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
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63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0763
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our time with Franz Josef glacier guides! From start to finish everything was great and went smoothly! They have coats, pants, shoes, crampons, hats and gloves for you to borrow. We felt extremely safe and taken care of. We had almost five hours...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I cannot rate the heli-hike or the staff highly enough! Honestly! So we had booked this as a real big treat on our honeymoon, as well its not a particularly cheap thing to do understandably. However, on the day the cloud came in very low...More

Thank Emma A
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This was a superb experience from start to finish. Staff were very friendly and professional during all the preparation, healthy checks and safety instructions. The information on equipment and clothing required was clear and straightforward. After a short flight onto the glacier we were shown...More

Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Our guide was Rachel and she was excellent. The reason to take a guided trip rather than walk on the track independently is to learn about the glacier from an expert. Rachel shared her enthusiasm for the subject and created a real difference, pointing out...More

Thank MrsBiffo
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I would highly recommend the helihike experience if you want to get up close and personal with the amazing Franz Josef glacier. We hiked across the ice, climbed through crevices and slid through Ice Holes. Our guide, Andy, whilst very informative, ensured all members of...More

Thank Antipodeanadventure
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Truly awesome trip. Low cloud threatened our ride to the top but after a short delay went ahead. Greeted at the top by guide of the century Scott who showed us round the glacier , taught us the moves, chatted out the geography and glacier...More

Thank richlager
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Arrived to do our heli hike on a very wet and cloudy day so it was cancelled. They put us on one the next day and we crossed our fingers. We were allowed to put a $21 deposit each to go into the hot pools...More

Thank Jen32B
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Andy our glacier guide was very knowledgable and informative of all aspects of the glacier. Safety was at the top of his agenda, and from start to finish was very well organised. You must have sunglasses, or you'll have to buy some. It was such...More

Thank Lee F
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We did the ice adventure helihike and got very lucky with a bright sunny day. Our guide was awesome and the hike was an amazing experience. Highly recommend if the weather cooperates. Bring your swimsuit and a towel as they give you a day pass...More

Thank bingsu
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We were lucky with the weather. Blue skies, dry and sunny. Good sized car park - but best going early in the day. Lovely walk to the glaciers with different viewing points along the way. Easy walk with a few little pulls - takes about...More

Thank Happywanderers20
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4 July 2017|
Response from jasperdordrecht | Reviewed this property |
yes you can , i did it also. they even give you time to make pictures
Lee Ling T
13 May 2017|
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Response from KurtAndWendy | Reviewed this property |
We happened to book the private pool time when we stopped by the afternoon before the hike. They had plenty availability, but we booked in advance. The "day of", you pay the difference between regular pool and private. I'd... More
Toomtam B
8 March 2017|
Response from roseshanks | Property representative |
Kia Ora, the Ice Explorer is no longer offered. There is a 3 hour Heli-Hike tour which includes a short heli-transfer and then up to 3 hours hiking through the phenomenal natural features found in Franz Josef Glacier. The... More