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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour

  • Enjoy an up-close experience with nature on this Franz Josef Glacier hike
  • Panoramic views across the Waiho River to the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Includes round-trip travel from Franz Joseph plus wet-weather equipment and clothing
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour
One of the most protected natural sites in New Zealand, the Franz Joseph Glacier is a wilderness of deep crevasses and frozen ice. On this round-trip eco-tour from Franz Joseph, travel lightly through the native rainforest with all equipment provided and admire uninterrupted views over the Waiho River and the Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to six people.
What to Expect
This tour will take you on an adventure in the Franz Josef Glacier Valley, through native forest, then out onto the river bed,  past waterfalls and off the beaten track and away from the general public.*   Learn about the native flora and fauna, glaciology, geology, climate change and history of the area, in a small group informative tour.  Stop for a rest with a magnificent view, a cup of tea/hot choc/coffee and a biscuit (included) and the opportunity to chat one-on-one with your guide. Raincoats, overtrousers, umbrellas and walking poles, as well as all transport to your tour destinations are provided. There is a maximum of 10 people per guide to ensure that you are able to ask questions and receive the best experience the Franz Josef Glacier has to offer.  If you are interested in birds, trees, nature & wildlife, or just want to have a personal guided experience, this is the tour for you.
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Reviewed 17 May 2018
Wonderful Time!

We took the morning walking tour to FJ Glacier. Everything was well organized from start to finish. It was a beautiful sunny day but quite chilly to start. We got some good advise about what to wear before we set out which provided spot on!...More

Thank cmb72015
Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Hi there thanks for your great review :) Glad you enjoyed the tour and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around Glacier Country and Aotearoa NZ :)

Reviewed 13 April 2018

We loved our walking tour with Rose! She is a geology major, passionate about the subject and enjoys sharing her knowledge. The walk is well worth the money and we would do it again. Great experience!

Thank Sav6
Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thanks for your lovely review it is much appreciated by our small company! Take care and enjoy the rest of your travels in Aotearoa. Nga mihi, Rose

Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile
Great morning walk

I was not sure whether I should just walk the glacier valley independently or pay for a tour. I am glad I went on a tour. Our guide (Andy) was really knowledgeable and pointed out lots of the flora and fauna. We went off of...More

Thank supersunshine
Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Kia ora, thanks for your great review it is much appreciated! Enjoy the rest of your travels. Nga mihi :)

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Definitely worth using a guide on a busy day

On days when all the helicopter trips get cancelled the valley track becomes quite busy so we definitely felt like it was worth having a guide because you get to go off the main track and it feels much more secluded. Our guide was Clifton...More

Thank sehyde92
Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for your great review of our little company :) much appreciated! We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your travels in Aotearoa NZ, Nga Mihi, Tash :)

Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile
Great fun

I decided to go on the eco valley tour as i was short on time. The morning of the walk, the rain was coming down by the bucket load so our group decided to postpone the tour until the afternoon. Andy, our guide, happily agreed...More

1  Thank Marium N
Tash G, Owner at Glacier Valley Eco Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you for your great review, it is much appreciated! I will make sure to pass your kind words on to Andy. Take care, Rose

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11 April 2018|
Response from Marium N | Reviewed this property |
It is easy in my opinion. It does not take you onto the glacier itself. The incline is gradual. Be prepared to walk through streams of water. My group was a total of 5, i would say the oldest person was in their early... More
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