We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 63 Cron Street | (Glacier Base Building), Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 8600, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-752 0763
Website
Today
07:30 - 18:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 07:30 - 18:30
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 54.71*
and up
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
More Info
USD 276.48*
and up
Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,049 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 675
    Excellent
  • 193
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 35
    Terrible
Ice Explorer - Amazing Trip!

Took the Ice Explorer trip this morning. Everything was fantastic from check in to collecting gear (woollen socks, boots, crampons, jacket, and a bag to carry your stuff) along... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle M
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,049 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 997: English reviews
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the Ice Explorer trip this morning. Everything was fantastic from check in to collecting gear (woollen socks, boots, crampons, jacket, and a bag to carry your stuff) along with the helicopter transfer and the hiking itself. Our guide George was great, and ensured we all had fun and were safe. The climbing was not difficult, and the views were... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michelle M
Irvine, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed the guided walk. Our guide Nick was great and the walk through the rain forest and explanation about the native plants were facinating. We waded through shallow streams and saw a waterfall up close, while staying dry with the gear that was provided. They will even give you a ride to and from your... More 

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank berrynot
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth it to get out and about on the glacier! Helicopter ride very cool and Ben was a great guide!

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank Pamela K
Reading, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our good fortune was to have 'Ben' as our guide. The young man was an education and so very knowledgable about the whole Franz Josef area. The whole morning went so quickly and though we were quite tired at the end, we had the free hot tubs to enjoy afterwards.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank 956alan
Auckland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great trip to the glacier were well briefed and prepared for the ice.Oliver was most informative about the formation and history of the glacier.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank Gamandco
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife & I decided to do an Ice Climb at Franz Josef Glacier. We are both 55 y.o. & of average fitness! Firstly allow for the weather as it changes by the hour. Secondly book in advance as they only take your credit card details & do not charge your card unless the climb goes ahead! I have never... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nash H
Cypress, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing staff. We were all set and ready to go and our heli hike got cancelled due to weather. The other tours with them were booked but we were able to get booked with a helicopter scenic tour by one of their partners. Can't knock them for that. we still got to use the hot pools which was very kind... More 

Helpful?
Thank corycastro
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Absolutely great and an amazing adventure. Very well organized and thought through ! Small groups and caring staff members were essential for this activity. Our guide Nathan was a gem, helpful , fun and quite energetic. He made this adventure even more exiting and entertaining:)

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank Nusha77
Level Contributor
28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tramping on a glacier is an awesome, powerful experience, and this trip is amazing. You get a sense of the enormous scale of the glacier and intimately explore its many features. But it seems like the object of the tour company is to get as many people out on to the ice and back as quickly as possible. The staff,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth Z
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This walk is something everyone should do whilst in Franz Josef. It was raining but we were provided with wet weather clothing and hiking boots. The weather made the waterfalls even more spectacular and gave us an indication of how ruggered but beautiful the glacier is. Our guide was very informative and took us "off the beaten track" to show... More 

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank Johhnjanette

Travellers who viewed Franz Josef Glacier Guides also viewed

Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
 
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
 

Been to Franz Josef Glacier Guides? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Franz Josef Glacier Guides and other visitors
14 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (14)

Questions? Get answers from Franz Josef Glacier Guides staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?