Hike the ancient path of where the glacier once stood with this valley walk!
After a safety briefing, you will be guided on an informative journey through the unique Franz Josef Glacier Valley, with plenty of opportunities to explore the remarkable landscape and see what the glacier has left behind. You will experience pristine waterfalls, ancient temperate rainforest and the dynamic Waiho river and discover the legends and history of the glacier and learn all about the flora and fauna you encounter along the way.
After a brief climb you will be rewarded with views of the glacier's constantly changing terminal face and enjoy a well-deserved hot drink. You'll also have access to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot pools, located in the glacier base building in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier, so you can sit back and relax after your hiking adventure.
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Meeting point: Glacier Base Building, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
Please check-in at the meeting point at least 20 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.
Child ticket: Ages 6 - 16 years
All children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult or guardian.
Departure times: 9:45 am, 2:30 pm
Please be advised that the maximum weight is 115kg.
Glacier Valley Walk is based on the valley floor, rather than up on the ice of the glacier, so this trip is suitable for a wide range of abilities.
This activity is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund. If your helicopter hike is cancelled but you have already experienced the hot pools, the price of the hot pools ticket will be deducted from the refunded amount.
This activity does not operate from May to July for the access road to the Franz Josef Glacier Valley was washed away by a severe storm and repairs have not yet been completed. Please click here to visit Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike (including Hot Pools) if you're interested in.
Technical and safety equipment provided:
Suitable walking boots and socks
A small waist pack to carry your crampons and essentials
A warm hat and gloves
What to bring:
Warm, breathable base layers
Suitable long pants
Food and drink for the day
Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.
Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.
Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.