Glacier Valley Eco Tours, Franz Josef Glacier

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Westland NZ Eco Tours

Nestled in the middle of beautiful South Westland you will find New Zealand's own glacier country, home to spectacular glaciers, pristine rivers, primeval forests, towering mountains and unique wetlands. Let us take you to explore this area and all its natural beauty.

  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Fox Glacier
  • Lake Matheson

Glacier Valley Eco Tours hold a Department of Conservation license to operate guided tours in the South Westland World Heritage area. We provide guests with quality, informative, friendly and relaxed eco-style tours.

Our tours are especially designed for clients who want to learn about the wonders of this incredible natural environment.

We can tailor-make tours to suit individuals, couples, family groups and tour parties.

Glacier Guided Walk - Benefits

As the glaciers are retreating at present, access is becoming more difficult for the unguided public to get close to the ice. So what are the benefits of taking a guided walk?

  • You will learn and see twice as much with a guide... maximize your glacier visit!
  • You will gain access well past where the unguided public have to wont be disappointed!
  • Your guide will take you to the best vantage points and keep you safe...experienced guides!

Remember: South Westland is a rainforest setting and at times the climate can be very wet. Don't let the rain keep you indoors. We provide good quality raincoats, large umbrellas and hot drinks and snacks on all our tours. You will be surprised how much fun it is out in the rain!

All tours include:

  • Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
  • Chocolate snack
  • Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
  • Hats and gloves if you need them
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation

Franz Josef Glacier Shuttle

$12.50 Return

Regular shuttle service to the Glacier car park and all walking tracks in Franz Josef.
Shuttles run every 2 hours. Bookings essential to guarantee pick-up.

Shuttle Departs
Return Shuttle
From Glacier Car park
8.45am 9.00am
10.45am 11.00am
12.45pm 1.00pm
2.45pm 3.00pm
4.45pm 5.00pm
5.45pm (summer only) 6.00pm (summer only)
  7.00pm (summer only)


Coach Passengers
If you are getting to Franz Josef by one of the coach services and only have one night in town, contact us regarding the option of evening tours. During the summer season we have a 2 - 2½ hour Eco Tour which gets you up to the glacier and back to the village in time for dinner or a little shopping. Departure time 5.30 pm.

Shuttle Service to Fox Glacier Village on demand


Glacier Valley Eco Tours, Franz Josef Glacier Enquiry Form


14 Main Road
Franz Josef Glacier 7859

Phone: +64 3 7520 699

Freephone: 0800 999 739


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The Glacier Valley Eco Tours, Franz Josef Glacier Enquiry Form