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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
Phone Number: +64 3-752 0763
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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$54.50*
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
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US$275.39*
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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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Beautiful and Education Hike!

My wife and I did the Valley Walk in Franz Josef - walk is an understatement! There really isn't elevation gain, but the distance is decent. All the while, the guides are... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I did the Valley Walk in Franz Josef - walk is an understatement! There really isn't elevation gain, but the distance is decent. All the while, the guides are providing great info about the plants, animals, and landscape that are truly fascinating. We had some really unique experiences, like standing in a waterfall, and drinking hot chocolate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just wow!! The whole trip was amazing from start to finish! Harry our guide was outstanding and very informative with our walk on the ice. All the equipment is provided including walking poles throughout to help you on the ice and with the crampons. The whole trip was very smooth and the helicopter flight to and from the ice was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a fantastic experience on the Franz Joseph Glacier. The guide was fantastic and the views were breath taking. The helicopter trip topped it off! Finishing the day at the hot pools was a also a great addition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent Ice Explorer experience with Tim. Thoroughly enjoyable! Would totally recommend this trip to anyone thinking about it! Unbelievable views of the glacier from all angles

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

By far one of the most surreal and beautiful landscapes I've ever found myself in. Tim, our guide, was incredibly engaging and was constantly aware of his group. I would love to do this again and I envy the people who have this as their 9-5.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was raining so we the glacier walk we initially had booked was cancelled, and we transferred to the Valley Walk instead. While I was slightly disappointed because I didn't get to have any ice time, I ended up enjoying the Valley Walk anyway. It was a relatively short and easy walk through the river valley, up to a vantage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I took the Heli-hike tour with about two hours of ice time. We arrived at 8:15 AM for an 8:30 check in time. There was some question as to whether or not the tour would be canceled as the morning was quite windy. This appears to be business as usual at the glacier. To fault the guide... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do not waste your money on the guided valley walk. We paid $75 each when we could just have easily walked the valley path ourselves, whilst the guide himself was great it really wasnt worth the price. Extremely dissapointed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely beautiful sights on this hike to the Franz Josef glacier. We learned a lot from our amazing guide, Getlin as well! I definitely think it is worth it to do the guided tour, as they provide additional gear (better boots and jackets) and the guides have a lot of interesting knowledge of the area!

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit to the glacier with a guide. Informative and could get closer to the glacier with the guide. The hot chocolates brought by the guide all the way to the glacier is a great touch.

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