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Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

Your Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glacier's path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier’s history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere.

This journey to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape.

After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley as the guide explains the unique features of the glacier and its surroundings.

Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier's rapidly changing terminal face.

Please note this trip does not take you onto the ice.

Tour concludes approximately 3 hours after commencement.

Experience Includes

  • 3 hour walk along the glacier valley
  • Get closer to the ice
  • Use of all equipment - Breathable Rain Jacket, Waterproof over-trousers (if required), Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots), Crampons (with small waist bag) for superior glacier grip, Woollen hats and gloves (if required)
  • Expert guide
  • Highly informative personalised tour to the dramatic terminal face of the glacier

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Refreshments and meals


Daily, year round.

Departure location

63 Cron Street, Franz Josef.

Start times

9.45am or 2.30pm


3 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Hotel transfers are not included.
  • Due to health and safety reasons, this tour does not cater for pregnant women.
  • Please ensure you take 2-4 warm upper body layers, ideally woollen or polyprop (not cotton); quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans); snacks and drinks; sunglasses; sunscreen; camera; backpack.
  • There is a minimum age requirement of 8 years.
  • Franz Josef Glacier receives 16 feet (5 meters) of annual rainfall. Refunds will not be given if you decide not to participate because it is raining or because you may get wet feet during the trip.