LET'S LACE UP!
Glacier Valley Eco Tours offers a diverse range of small-group, guided nature walks for all ages and abilities in Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and Okarito on the West Coast of New Zealand. Glacier Country is abundant with exceptional hiking trails, wildlife and history. In the company of your experienced and very knowledgeable guide, embark on your choice of a half or full-day adventure leaving you enriched with new-found knowledge about the local flora and fauna, geology, glaciology, conservation and wildlife. Reconnect with Mother Nature and experience the best of Glacier Country in safe hands. Private an taoilerd tours are available on request.
Locally family-owned and operated, Glacier Valley Eco Tours is intensely focused on providing an authentic, valuable and memorable experience.
WANT TO DO IT ALL?
OUR FOX, FRANZ, LAKE MATHESON COMBO TOUR COMBINES OUR THREE MOST POPULAR TOURS INTO ONE GLORIOUS DAY OF ADVENTURE.
NOT SURE WHERE TO START?
COMPLETE OUR QUESTIONNAIRE BELOW AND OUR TEAM WILL COME BACK TO YOU WITH THE BEST OPTION FOR YOUR GUIDED HIKING ADVENTURE BASED ON YOUR INTERESTS, TIME AVAILABLE AND LEVEL OF FITNESS.
PRIVATE & TAILORED ADVENTURES
Any of our tours can be upgraded to be private and we also offer a small selection of set private tours which offer a more challenging day out, allowing you to get higher and deeper into the backcountry. Furthermore, we can tailor guided adventure tours, designed to cater to your unique fitness level and interests. You can customize every aspect of your journey. Let us take the thinking out of it for you and design the ultimate day out in Glacier Country. We also collaborate with local providers to offer additional activities that can be seamlessly integrated into your adventure. From boat trips to wildlife encounters, spa therapy and hot tubs, we ensure you have a truly unforgettable experience in every aspect.
I was lucky enough to spend an entire day with Cliff seeing both glaciers and the lake.
The tour was fantastic, Cliff was full of knowledge and passion for the area. His expertise was almost endless on the glaciers, trees, moss, fungi and even the rocks.
Cliff managed our group well and discretely assessed our individual needs. He was kind to me when I felt I was going slow.
I couldn't recommend this tour highly enough! You will learn so much and have a great, relaxed walking day.
Amanda, August 2022 (Source: Trip Adviser)
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is passionate about conservation and we do what we can to ensure our business has minimal to no impact on the environment. We are consciously involved in community volunteer programs such as the Okarito Native Plant Nursery, the Ōkarito Plant Project to help restore the native forests on our land and Project Early Bird.
HUSBAND & WIFE TEAM
Cliff & Tash Goodwin
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a New Zealand-owned and operated family business. The husband & wife team, Cliff & Tash have been living in the Franz Josef Glacier area for about 17 years. Our lead guide is Cliff and Tash is the queen of admin, bookings & marketing. Cliff has been guiding in New Zealand in our national parks for the last twenty years, and in Glacier Country, since we arrived in 2003. We live with our two children (and chickens, dogs, frogs and goat) at the beach in the bush in Okarito.