Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Franz Josef Glacier

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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem 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. The ultimate New Zealand adventure tour.

About Us

Franz Josef Glacier Guides are an internationally recognized guiding operation, established in 1990, that prides itself on providing the most incredible glacier experience.

Combining traditional guiding techniques unique to New Zealand with modern innovations we are able to access glacier terrain normally only seen by experienced mountaineers.
We make a clear commitment to our clients, that a trip with us is the most spectacular and rewarding available.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is a wholly owned New Zealand business. Another true NZ experience from Ngai Tahu Tourism.

Our Guides

Our skill at step-cutting & track formation are what gives our trips the edge.

Our rigorous guide training program ensures our guides possess these skills in abundance, and we proudly claim to be the best. Each day prior to the first commercial trip, our guides inspect the glacier and cut large, step-lines and walking tracks. Your time on the ice will be monitored by our experienced guides, whilst passing through the unique terrain and impressive ice formations.

Our Trips

*Prices vaild till 30 September 2013


  • Tailored Pace
  • Adventure Walk
  • Small Groups
  • Heli Transfer
  • Hot Pools
  • Duration: up to 4hrs
  • Ice Time: up to 3hrs
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Trip Times: Regular departures throughout the day
  • PRICE: Adult: $299*. Child (12-16): $289


  • Scenic Heli Flight
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups
  • Mountains to the Sea DVD
  • Glacier Goodie Bag
  • Hot Pools
  • Duration: up to 3hrs
  • Ice Time: up to 2hrs
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Trip Times: Winter 10.15am, 12.45pm Summer 9.15am, 11.45am, 2.15pm
  • PRICES: Adult: $399*. Child (12-16): $379*

  • Spectacular Views
  • Small Groups
  • Interpretive Walk
  • Duration: up to 3hrs
  • Ice Time: Nil
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Trip Times: 10.15am, 2.15pm
  • PRICES: Adult: $69*. Child (12-16): $59*


  • Heli Transfer
  • Expert Tuition
  • High-tech Equipment
  • Adrenaline Highs
  • Duration: up to 5hrs
  • Ice Time: up to 4hrs
  • Difficulty: hard
  • Trip Times: Call for our current schedule
  • Adult: $375*
  • Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Franz Josef Glacier Enquiry Form


    State Highway 6, Main Road
    Franz Josef Glacier

    Phone: +64 3 752 0763

    Freephone: within NZ: 0800 GUIDES (484 337)


    Web: Visit website

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