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Glacier Valley Tours and Services

Please note our tours do not climb on the ice.
If booking on the same day please call to arrange.


  • Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
  • Biscuit
  • Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation
  • Best family value tours with 15 years half price and under 5 years free



  • This tour starts with a short drive in our courtesy vehicle to the glacier carpark.
  • Enjoy walking through regenerating forest for your first glimpse of the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Your experienced guide will take you past the public barriers as much as they can safely, off the beaten path to discover hidden waterfalls and 'dead' ice.
  • Your guide will keep you captivated with an amazing interpretation of glaciation, geology and the natural history of this incredibly dynamic environment.
  • Easy to moderate walk.
  • Great photo opportunities are everywhere.
  • Maori legend of the glaciers formation.

Duration: 3.5 hours
Prices: Adult $75, Child (5 - 15yrs) $37.50, Children under 5yrs free
Departure Times: 9:30am and 1:30pm, 5.30pm (summer only)

walk through forest to get the glimpse of Franz Josef Glacier
tours also operates in the wet climate
Franz Josef guided tours


  • From your accommodation we drive to the Fox Glacier car park (30 min from Franz Josef, 10 mins from Fox township).
  • The track to the terminal (the front of the glacier) is an easy to moderate 1.5 km walk.
  • Your experienced Nature Guide will bring alive this spectacular valley nestled beneath New Zealand's two highest mountains (Aoraki Mt Cook 3,764m and Mt Tasman 3,500m).
  • View the friendly native mountain parrots (Kea) which frequent the car park.

Duration: 3 hours
Prices: Adult $75, Child (5 - 15yrs) $37.50, Children under 5yrs free
Departure Times: 9:30am and 1:30pm

provide complimentary pick-up / drop-off from your accommodation
native mountain parrots
 Fox Glacier Eco Tours


  • Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and natural history.
  • Well formed track for easy to moderate walking
  • For the best chance of mirror-like reflections this tour should be taken early in the morning (7am - 8am departure) or early evening (3pm - 5pm departure). Contact us for departure times as we try to be flexible around weather conditions.

Nature has combined 3 ingredients to create the stunning vista that is Lake Matheson

  • The dark coloured water creates breath taking mirror like reflections.
  • Ancient lush rainforest makes for a stunning walk way around the lake.
  • New Zealands two highest mountains which on a sunning morning or early evening reflect in the waters of Lake Matheson.

Duration: 3.5 hours
Prices: Adult $75, Child (5 - 15yrs) $37.50, Children under 5yrs free.

Lake Matheson Tours
Learn about flora and fauna
water creates mirror-like reflections


Get up early and beat the air traffic. Tour aims to be in the forest for the morning bird chorus.
Franz Josef Glacier Valley or Lake Matheson.

Duration: 2 hours
Prices: $65 per person
Departure Times: Depends on time of year

Early Bird Tours
Early Bird Tours


Explore the old gold mining township of Okarito, and the walks it has to offer.
Mountain views, unique wildlife, lagoon, beach, rich history and amazing sunsets.

Duration: 3 hours
Prices: $75 per person, minimum 2 persons
Departure Times: Contact us

Okarito Tours
Okarito Tours
Okarito Tours


Experience amazing glacier, waterfall, and mountain views, whilst walking in beautiful forest on this advanced track with the safety of an experienced guide. Walk in the footsteps of the old guides on this historic track.  
Comfortable but sturdy footwear required (hiking shoes or boots). Good amount of fitness required.

Duration: 7 hours
Prices: $195 per person (includes packed lunch - vege and gluten free options available), minimum 2 persons
Departure Times: This track subject to weather and availability, please contact us

Roberts Point Track Tours
Roberts Point Track Tours
Roberts Point Track Tours
Tour Combos
Tour Combos Duration Price
Fox Glacier + Lake Matheson 4½ - 5 hours $130 pp
Franz + Fox + Lake Matheson 7 - 8 hours $170 pp


If you are getting to Franz Josef by one of the coach services and only have one night in town, contact us regarding the option of evening tours. During the summer season we have a 3 - 3.5 hour Eco Tour which gets you up to the glacier and back to the village in time for a late dinner or a little shopping. Departure time 5 pm.


Address: Scott Base Information Centre,
22 Main Rd SH6, Franz Josef Glacier,
New Zealand

0800 925586

reservation free-phone

(0800 925586)

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