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GUIDED WALKS AND GLACIER HELI HIKE TOURS


Franz Josef Glacier Guides provide two fantastic tours of the Franz Josef Glacier. The guides have a great deal of experience and are highly skilled in finding the safest and most spectacular route for you, whether that's up on the ice or across the valley floor. Each trip is tailored to the ability of your group as well as the conditions of the ice and valley on the day.

Franz Josef Glecier Heli Hike - Leaving from Franz Josef

A Franz Josef Glacier scenic helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed, not only can you experience this jaw-dropping landscape from the air but you can combine it with an incredible guided hiking adventure on the ice.

After a thrilling heli-hop flight, high above the rugged ice formations, you will land on the glacier, ready to explore the glacier by foot. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Choosing the route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you'll guide will show you through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, and with plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable West Coast experience and one you will never forget.

BONUS: Heli Hike tours include FREE ENTRY into the main pools at the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools!

Franz Josef Valley Walk - Leaving from Franz Josef

The Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier's path as it winds its way through this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history and see what this majestic giant leaves behind. And after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly changing terminal face.

This leisurely and informative journey can be tailored to suit groups of most abilities and interests, so no trip is ever the same. Accessing some exclusive trails and including great storytelling from your experienced and well-trained guide.

CAN WE WEAR OUR OWN BOOTS?

You are welcome to wear your own good quality ankle supporting hiking boots with our crampons, or you can choose to wear the boots that they provide. Their boots are comfortable and warm and ensure you don't damage your own boots when strapping on your crampons. If you choose to wear your own boots, bring them in for a fitting the evening prior to your tour departure to see if they are suitable.

WHAT IS MY CHECK IN TIME FOR MY TRIP?

Check in time is 15 minutes prior to the trip time stated on your booking confirmation. This allows hem plenty of time to prepare you for your trip, fill in medical information, give a weather update, and get you kitted up in all the necessary equipment.

DO I NEED TO BRING A LUNCH?

You will need to bring a light snack and drink. Tours range from 4 hours.

DO I NEED TO BRING A BACKPACK?

You will not need to bring a backpack as the maximum time spent on the tour is 4 hours. They will provide you with a small bum bag so that you can carry a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and a snack. There is limited space in the helicopter so please limit what you bring on the tours. Please do not bring iPods, wallets, phones or keys.

WILL I SEE BLUE ICE?

Blue ice is a major highlight of a glacier tour. You have a good chance of seeing blue ice on our Glacier Heli hike tour as the helicopter takes you high onto the glacier.

WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE ON THE ICE?

The temperature on the ice is typically only about 1-2 degrees cooler than in town but due to the nature of the environment the temperature can be very changeable and we recommend wearing 2-4 warm layers of upper body clothing depending on the conditions on the day.

DO I GET MY MONEY BACK IF IT IS RAINING?

It is the high annual rainfall in the glacier region (6-8 metres per year) that allows the glaciers to grow and without the rain these magnificent glaciers would not be here. They do provide you with the best in rain protection including Goretex Rain Jackets and waterproof over trousers.

Sometimes the weather means that helicopters can't fly; heavy rain, high wind, low cloud. If your tour is cancelled due to these reasons, Franz Josef Glacier Guides will automatically transfer you onto our Glacier Valley Walk the same day. There is no obligation to participate and you can cancel at any time. We just want to make sure you don't miss out on a great glacier experience.

WHY CAN'T I WEAR JEANS?

They ask clients not to wear jeans on the glacier, but instead to wear light weight trousers or shorts, as jeans get very cold and uncomfortable when wet. If jeans are all you have then we can provide you with waterproof over-trousers to wear instead.

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