Kia ora! We are a New Zealand owned and operated local family business who have been living in the Franz Josef Glacier area for about 16 years. Our lead guide and co-owner Cliff has been guiding in New Zealand in our national parks for the last 20 years, and in the glacier valleys here since we arrived in 2003. We live with our two children (and various pets) at the beach in Okarito, and when we are not running the business we are out on the Okarito Lagoon kayaking, fishing, walking, checking our traps at Lake Matheson (see more info below on our Project Early Bird), and creating art for our wee gallery, amongst other things!

Glacier Valley Eco Tours hold a Department of Conservation license to operate guided tours in the South Westland World Heritage area/Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The last few years we have had all New Zealand 'Kiwi' guides, and we aim to continue this to give our clients the most knowledge and best experience possible.

Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Project Early Bird

Project Early Bird – Predator Trapping Community Project

In 2018 we started our community trapping project at Lake Matheson, in conjunction with the Department of Conservation, to combat predators and protect our birds and invertebrates, including endangered fernbirds and recently released Rowi kiwi, working towards DOC's Predator Free 2050 goal of sustainability in NZ and also bringing back the birdlife for our Early Bird Tour at Lake Matheson

This project will be ongoing, with the intention of extending it up to the new Lake Gault track in this area. To donate to this project towards sustainability in our area, please phone us on 0800 925 586 or email

See our Facebook page for more info or to volunteer:
For more info on Predator Free NZ see

Tui Gallery

Enjoy our local art and craft Tui Gallery featuring handmade clothing, jewellery, textiles, soaps, local greenstone, art and more from local artists and craftspeople.

Located in our booking office in Franz Josef Glacier.

See our Facebook page for more info:

Tui Gallery