Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Glacier Valley Eco Tours
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is small local family owner/operator business based in Franz Josef Glacier. We specialise in small informative guided walking tours in and around our Glacier Country NZ. We offer trips to Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers, as well as the iconic Lake Matheson, and Okarito township, as well as full day tours and combo tours. We can tailor trips to suit you. Small group sizes (10 max) and families welcome, no age restriction. We offer nature tours off the beaten path of public tracks in Franz Josef & Fox Glacier, which includes loads of information on geology, glaciology, history, local flora & fauna. We currently have 100% NZ guides who all bring different qualities to our clients experience - they maybe Story Tellers, Geologists, Botonists or Ecologists. We offer free use of our wet weather gear on all our tours, including raincoats, overtrousers, umbrellas, as well as walking poles and boots if required. On all our tours we provide tea, coffee & biscuits.
West Coast Region, New Zealand

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Wanderlustz
Sunshine Coast, Australia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great village with amazing views of the mountains. Affordable accommodation options book quickly. There are plenty of food options and activities if you can afford them. Heaps of helicopter tour operators are based here. There are great walks you can do without a car. The glacier is better as a drive as it's not suoer close. There's one supermarket and petrol station. Happy hour drinks are popular. The surrounding area is beautiful and there are lakes etc to visit. If you don't have a car there is a paid bus transport service which you book. The Intercity bus from Greymouth if catching the Transalpine train isn't cheap but is scenic and comfortable. Booking online was easy. You can request being dropped closer to your hotel.
Written 18 May 2024
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thanks for your review!
Written 13 June 2024
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Mark T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Loved getting off the beaten path, plus the little insights into flora & fauna as well as the overall glacier info. Guide couldn't have been more chilled, relaxed and encouraging of everyone in the group. Would highly recommend this tour.
Written 2 May 2024
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thanks so much for your excellent review of our little family company! Tash
Written 13 June 2024
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Antonio M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fantastic tour we had at Franz Josef Glacier. Our guide Gerome (hope I'm spelling it right) showed us the magnificence of the glacier, some hidden places in the forest, and explained a lot about the flora, fauna, geology.... Our daughters, who are 9 and 6, never left his side and he kindly answered all their questions.
Written 28 April 2024
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Thanks for your great review, much appreciated I will pass onto him :) Tash
Written 13 June 2024
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Jet59626293198
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An informative and picturesque tour of the Franz Josef area. Going off the main tourist path provided opportunities to see other amazing scenery not available from the public paths, plus a waterfall, flora and experienced some bush tucker.

Cliff was a great tour guide with terrific local knowledge and adapted the tour to cater for all abilities and interest levels.

In addition, it was fantastic that the tour provided the use of raincoats and hiking boats. Strongly recommend this tour.
Written 27 April 2024
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Thanks so much for your kind review, very much appreciated! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in Aotearoa NZ :) Tash
Written 13 June 2024
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Joanna
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was the best tour we had as a small family whilst on our recent holiday in New Zealand. Our tour went ahead despite in pouring rain all night. We were given water proof clothes and shoes, although the rain actually cleared and we didn’t need them on the tour. We did notice that the helicopters were not flying that morning, due to the weather not being favourable.
Our guide Cathy was absolutely amazing, she was so knowledgeable on all things Franz Josef Glacier, the birds, plants, fungi, everything!
We learnt so much on this tour, more than we ever would have learnt walking ourselves up to the glacier viewing platform, as we were taken off the main path into the foliage where only tours can go. It was really cool to ‘disappear’ and then ‘reappear’ back onto the main path, so much so that our 10 year old even loved it. Morning tea was down on the glacial valley floor surrounded by nature and no other tourists.
So many positive things I could say about this tour, but do yourself a favour and book now! Thank you so much Glacier Valley Eco Tour and Cathy.
Written 13 April 2024
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Thanks so much for your great review of our guide Kath and our family owned company, much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful part of the world, Tash
Written 13 June 2024
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hazelnuto
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Cliff was a great tour guide who took us on an off-the-beaten-track path to a great viewing spot of the Fox Glacier! Entertaining and an enjoyable, gentle activity out in nature!
Written 7 April 2024
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Thanks!
Written 13 June 2024
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Peony219
Glasgow, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazingly knowledgable guide. He showed us so many plants and birds, which was great as we were really keen to see as many native birds as possible. The walking paths were really interesting and we went through some really cool areas away from the main tourist paths. Tea/coffee/biscuit stops were a great addition! We would highly recommend! We did both the Franz and Fox tours in one day and had a great time!
Written 26 March 2024
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awesome glad you had a good time and thanks for the great review :) Tash
Written 13 June 2024
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Sherree V
Winnipeg, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is a must-do when you're in the Franz Josef area. And, it really is a hike that is easy enough for most people.

I was transported to Lake Matheson and back, and had some wonderful views of a rainbow with the mountains on the way.

Once at the lake, we started our several hours' hike (with breaks to take pics). The hike is quite easy and there are some beautiful spots to take pics. Jerome told us all about the plants and wildlife in that area, and also had some hot beverages and snacks for us.

The weather co-operated, which gave us some stunning views :)
Written 16 March 2024
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Trevor I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
All terrains and habitats were covered under the expert guiding of Jerome. He's wide knowledge enabled us to fully appreciate the fragile nature of this endangered environment. The clouds lifted and we were able to see the length of the Fox Glacier and Douglas Peak above.
Written 12 March 2024
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Trevor I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Despite a cloud day, we were treated to the delights of the native bush and river bed around Franz Josef Glacier on a guarded tour with Jerome. He was has a vast array expertise in glaciers, flora and fauna - we even got to taste some berries and leaves whilst foraging!!
Written 12 March 2024
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