Activities Franz Josef Glacier

There are many activities and tours designed for all age groups and physical abilities, all aiming to give you the best Glacier experience possible. 

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER GUIDES are the sole guiding company on the Franz Josef Galcier.  The guides offer a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability. All our visitors will be equipped with the very best in quality equipment to explore this spectacular terrain in comfort and safety.

Ice Explorer

This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. A short heli hop from the township takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. You will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through Franz Josef Glacier.

Sometimes even the best plans don't work out - sometimes helicopters don't fly. If your trip is cancelled due to weather, 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.

  • Tailored Pace
  • Adventure Walk
  • Small Groups
  • Heli Transfer
  • Hot Pools

Duration:up to 4hrs
Ice Time:up to 3hrs














After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier and undertake a two hour guided hike amongst some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery available. Your guide chooses the route as you go and with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations. You'll soon be making your way through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliantly blue ice.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier.
MINIMUM AGE  8 years
Duration, up to 3hrs Ice Time, up to 2hrs
Summer: 9.15am, 11.45am, 2.15pm Winter: 10:15am, 12:45pm



Go white-water heli rafting
The West Coast of New Zealand is home to some of the best white-water rafting in the world. With well over a thousand rivers and creeks flowing off the Southern Alps and our access via helicopter, we can offer a huge range of adventures.
Rafting trips with ECO RAFTING are all go for every level of thrill-seeker, from scenic floats and family rafting adventures, to medium-level class 2 and 3-4 whitewater and the most extreme class 4-5 heli-rafting adventures that New Zealand has to offer.
ECO RAFTING have over 10 years on these rivers, and being owner/operated/guided our thorough knowledge of the terrain lets us pick and choose which rivers we run, ensuring you get the best bang for your buck. Drive and hike-in options for those on a tight budget.



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How about hooves instead of tyres?

SOUTH WESTLAND HORSE TREK'S Appaloosa horses are quiet and well mannered, making them suitable mounts for even the most nervous rider. Treks progress at a safe pace, adjusted to your level of experience, and vary in length from 1 to 6 hours, all year round. Trek routes and times may vary depending on the weather
Ride with a stunning backdrop of the glacier, mountain and forest views. Choose a trek to suit your riding ability, itinerary and budget.


FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER GUIDES provide a day packed with adventure and adrenalin highs. Provided with expert tuition and all technical equipment, this is a great way to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice-climbing, whilst still enjoying the dramatic scenery and awesome terrain of the Franz Josef Glacier. On the glacier you will learn all the aspects of ice-climbing using the front points of crampons and two technical ice axes.
Walk on the Wild side:
GLACIER VALLEY ECO TOURS provide a 3 hour return guided walk up the Glacier Valley river bed. Our tours are especially designed for visitors who want to learn about the wonders of this incredible natural environment. If the conditions are safe the Eco Valley Tours will take you up beyond the general public's saftey rope to check out the front face of the glacier in person. The tours pick up from Bella Vista Motel.



 Air Safaris Scenic Flights:

Our Grand Traverse scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Every seat a window seat – get the big picture! The Grand Traverse is approximately 50 minutes flight time.  Allow one hour total duration