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Franz Josef Glacier Guided Hike

This guided Franz Josef Glacier Hike is one of New Zealand’s must-do experiences.

Travel via helicopter to the magnificent blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier where your guide will show you the way through crevices, down ice caves and across this ancient piece of ice. 

During the peak season of December, January, February and March please contact us prior to booking to ensure there is space for your group prior to booking. 


  • Helicopter ride from the village to the Franz Josef Glacier – incredible views
  • Get kitted up with Ice Crampons for your walk across the glacier
  • Learn about this ancient piece of ice and how it’s changed over the years
  • Small-group tou
  • Relax with a soak in the Franz Josef Glacier hot pools after your hike 


What's Included

Reporting to base, you’ll be provided with waterproof pants and jacket, gloves, boots and ice crampons. A quick walk across the Franz Josef Village lands you at the chopper area, where you board your helicopter for a quick 5 minute flight high onto the Franz Josef Glacier.

What an epic start, from here your guide teaches you how to don your crampons and takes you on a guided walk across this magnificent blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier. Learn all about its history, its changes and how the Franz Josef valley used to look many thousands of years ago.

After up to three hours on the ice, your chopper returns to fly you back to the Franz Josef Village. Included with this Franz Josef guided hike is entry to the Franz Josef Hot Pools – an incredibly relaxing spot to unwind after your hike. 


Important Notes


Trip Times: Times available throughout the day

Note: Please note preferred time upon booking, and upon confirmation we will book the closest time slot. 

Last Minute Bookings: This is a very popular trip, and we suggest booking at least one week in advance. For last minute bookings, please contact us to confirm there is space. 

Age Restriction: Tour not suitable for children under the age of 8. 

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WAS: $459 NZD
NOW: $439 NZD

Duration 4-5 hours

Departs From: West Coast

Tour Type: Day Tour & Activities

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1 reviews
April 2016

I had a good time in my holiday in NZ . In planitnz not only booked the tour but Matt also taking time to helping me to review my itinerary and make it more enjoyable. Respond given prompt and no hassle booking. Keep on the good n friendly work guys .

Trip Date: February 2015

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