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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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
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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
From USD 52.91
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10:15AM DepartureMost Popular
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 10am and returns at 1pm
USD 52.91
2:15PM Departure
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, departs at 2:15pm and returns at 5:15pm
USD 52.91
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.
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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1 - 5 of 39 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Great tour

Great hike along the valley floor to the glacier, which is awesome. Our guide Lawrence was excellent, very informative and friendly. Make sure you bring waterproof jacket. Walk is not strenuous, suitable for all ages. Check in was easy and you also get admission to...More

Thank samuelphillips
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Worth the money

Glacier guides are extremely professional bunch of guides and did a fantastic job in the valley walk. These guys are knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining the fauna, geology and history of the place. They have all sorts of equipment for the walk...More

Thank Raja V
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Raja, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature. Awesome to hear you had such a great time exploring the glacier, sounds like you learnt...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Andy was Great! 'Not just "Rocks and Moss"!I

We were disappointed that the weather precluded our Glacier Hike, so settled for the Valley Walk. It was very informative, and Andy was a great guide, imparting a lot of information along the way which made the walk all that more enjoyable. We proceeded in...More

Thank Carol M
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Kia ora Carol M, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is always fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us in Franz Josef Glacier. I will pass this feedback onto Andy, as you have learnt he...More

Reviewed 4 May 2018
A highlighet of our trip

Our walk with excellent guide Zach is a highlight of our trip. The guide can make all the difference, and Zach brought an energy to the walk that made the subject come alive. The setting is amazing and thistory/geology is fascinating. I learned more about...More

Thank Ann Z
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Kia ora Ann, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature, sounds like you had an amazing time out in the Valley. We will make sure to...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Informative Walk

My heli-hike was cancelled due to poor weather, so I opted to take the valley walk instead. It took me a while to write this review because I did not wish to come across as negative, but I have to say, I did not enjoy...More

Thank MaddyM77
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Kia ora MaddyM77, Thank you for taking your time to place your review on Trip Advisor, we appreciate your comments. We apologise that our tour did not reach your expectations. Yes there is a public track, though we like to offer the Valley Walk as...More

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triplover29
9 June 2018|
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Response from Mark A | Reviewed this property |
We did the valley walk which does not take you onto the glacier, just up near its front. To get onto the ice I think you need to look at the helicopter trips. Have fun.
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