For the adventurous, check out our Franz Josef Full Day tour on a back country track to spectacular views of the glacier & surrounding mountains.  Our popular Franz Josef, Fox Glacier & Lake Matheson Full Day Combo Tour is a great one for backpackers & couples.  Experience the beauty of Okarito village and surrounding lagoons, beaches, birds & wildlife, Kiwi habitat forest & mountain & glacier views on our Okarito Full Day.  Or if you feel like you want just a bit more than one of our half day tours - try a two-tour combo to fill in your day in Glacier Country, West Coast NZ.

All of our tours include:

  • Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate) and biscuits
  • Raincoats, over-trousers and large heavy-duty umbrellas to keep you dry
  • Walking poles and sunscreen
  • We have a limited supply of tramping boots
  • Complimentary transfers from your accommodation
  • A knowledgeable New Zealand guide

These tours involve more walking and average to good fitness levels. Not suitable for children until 12 approx. These tours are a great way to see and learn about several iconic locations in Glacier Country and how the landscape has shaped these dynamic areas through glaciation.

OKARITO
FULL DAY TOUR

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Explore the old gold mining township of Okarito, and the walks it has to offer. Mountain and glacier views, unique birds and wildlife, lagoon, beach, rich history and amazing sunsets; this is one of New Zealand's hidden gems. We can tailor this trip to suit you – and if you like photography, then we never turn down the opportunity to pop in to see Andris Apses' Photography gallery while we are there!

  • Average fitness level required

Duration: 7 hours
Prices: $180.00 per adult, child (12-15yrs) $90.00, not suitable for children under 12yrs. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Summer: 9:30am or 11:00am. Winter: 9:30am.

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER FULL DAY TOUR (Via ROBERTS POINT TRACK)

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Experience amazing glacier, waterfall and mountain views, whilst walking in beautiful forest on this advanced track with the safety of an experienced guide. Walk up next to the Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata O Hine Hukatere) in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Walk in the footsteps of the old guides on this historic track featuring Hende's Hut for a cup of tea.

  • Good amount of fitness required; moderate - experienced hikers
  • Track subject to weather and availability

Duration: 7 hours approx
Prices: $180.00 per adult, child (12-15yrs) $90.00, not suitable for children under 12yrs. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Summer only: 9:30am or 11:00am.

 

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER + FOX GLACIER + LAKE MATHESON

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A combination of the Franz Josef Glacier Eco Tour, Fox Glacier Eco Tour and the Lake Matheson Tour. Experience all three of these popular visitor sites in our area all in one day and save.

Duration: 9-12 hours approx
Prices: $190 per adult, child (12-15yrs) $95.00, not recommended for children under 12yrs. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: (approx times only) Summer: 9:30am. Winter: 7:00am. Tour departure times vary depending on time of year and daylight savings.

 

COMBO TOURS

Combine two trips to get an overall experience of Glacier Country. Learn, discover and enjoy on these fully guided relaxed walks with a knowledgeable New Zealand local guide, all in one day. Learn about glaciology, local geology and history of the area as well as local legends. Discover our local flora and fauna in these unique temperate rainforests, including seasonal native orchids, mushrooms and birds, and you may be lucky enough to spot wild tahr and chamois in the riverbeds and surrounding hills in the valley. Appreciate our small groups by being able to repeatedly engage with your guide during your tour, asking questions and all the while stopping for photo opportunities at waterfalls, blocks of ice, spectacular mountain, lagoon, beach or glacier views. Walk off the beaten path and see more through our eyes. Relish our morning or afternoon tea with a view.

Duration: 6-7 hours approx
Prices: $140 per adult, child (10-15yrs) $70.00, not recommended for children under 10 years. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Winter: 11:00am. Summer: 1:30pm (alternative departure times available, please enquire).

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FOX GLACIER + LAKE MATHESON

From your accommodation in Franz Josef or Fox Glacier, we drive to the Fox Glacier South side car park (30 mins from Franz Josef, 5 mins from Fox township).
This track runs through lush historic glaciated rainforest in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, with focal points of huge rata, rimu trees and moss.
Views of Fox Glacier, Fox neve, Mt Tasman, one of NZ's highest mountains. Enjoy a cup of tea with a view and the opportunity to chat with your knowledgeable local guide - another great advantage of our small group tours.
Information on glaciation, geothermology (inc geothermal spring to dip your hand in) geology, flora and fauna.
* Please note this tour does not get close or to view the terminal face of the glacier due to safety reasons.

Then head to the iconic Lake Matheson in the evening - renowned for it's majestic mirror-like reflections this time of day. Treasure hunt with your knowledgeable guide for fungi, native orchids and native birds.
Stop for a cup of tea and a chat with picturesque landscape of Lake Matheson. This lake is a non-commercial and protected lake, part of the UNISCO World Heritage area and therefore you won't be disturbed by kayakers or noisy jet boats.

A suitable day for older kids.

 

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER + OKARITO

This is our 'Mountains to the sea' tour. This combo of Franz Josef Eco Tour and Okarito Eco Tour starts with a short drive in our courtesy vehicle to the Franz Josef Glacier car park. Enjoy walking through regenerating forest for your first glimpse of the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Your experienced guide will take you off the beaten track as much as they safely can, to discover hidden waterfalls and 'dead' ice, and lots of other treasures. Your guide will keep you captivated with an amazing interpretation of glaciation, geology and the natural history of this incredibly dynamic environment. Head then to Okarito in our courtesy van after a short break in Franz Josef township. Experience the history and birdlife of Okarito village - an old gold mining village. Walk up to a viewpoint with 360° views of Okarito beach, Okarito lagoon, 3 mile lagoon, Okarito Village, Franz Josef Glacier and Mt Cook and Mt Tasman - NZ's highest peaks.

This day is a moderate walk suitable for older kids and up - we cater to suit your needs in our nice small groups. Great photo opportunities around every corner.

 

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER + LAKE MATHESON

Enjoy our Franz Josef Eco Tour and Lake Matheson Eco tour, together in one day. Take a stroll up the Franz Josef Glacier Valley during the morning or afternoon and learn about local flora, fauna, geology, ecology and glaciology from your experienced friendly local guide in our small group tours.
Loads of one-on-one time with your guide, tea and coffee breaks, brilliant photography opportunities, waterfalls, rivers and glacier views.
Have a break in Franz Josef township before heading to the iconic Lake Matheson in the evening - renowned for it's majestic mirror-like reflections this time of day. Treasure hunt with your knowledgeable guide for fungi, native orchids and native birds.
Stop for a cup of tea and a chat with picturesque landscape of Lake Matheson. this lake is a non-commercial and protected lake, part of the UNISCO World Heritage area and therefore you won't be disturbed by kayakers or noisy jet boats.

 

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FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER + FOX GLACIER

Visit both glaciers in one day for the full glacier experience! Learn the differences and similarities between two of the biggest glaciers in New Zealand.

This Glacier Combo tour starts with a short drive in our courtesy vehicle from our office or your accommodation, to the Franz Josef Glacier car park. Enjoy walking through regenerating forest for your first glimpse of the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Your experienced guide will take you off the beaten track as much as they can safely, to discover hidden waterfalls and 'dead' ice, and lots of other treasures. Your guide will keep you captivated with an amazing interpretation of glaciation, geology and the natural history of this incredibly dynamic environment. Great photo opportunities are everywhere!

Enjoy a short break in Franz Josef Township, then we head over to the Fox Glacier South side car park (30 mins from Franz Josef, 5 mins from Fox township).

This beautiful track runs through lush historic glaciated rainforest in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, with focal points of huge rata, rimu trees and native mosses.
Views of Fox Glacier, Fox neve, Mt Tasman, one of NZ's highest mountains. Information on glaciation, geomorphology (inc geothermal spring to dip your hand in) geology, flora and fauna.

Stop for a cup of tea with a view at each glacier and enjoy the opportunity to take photos and chat one on one with your knowledgeable local guide - a great advantage of our small groups.

*Please note this tour does not get close or to view the terminal face of the Fox Glacier due to safety reasons.

 

EARLY BIRD TOUR

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Get up early and beat the air traffic. This tour aims to be in the forest for the morning bird chorus.

Franz Josef Glacier Valley or Lake Matheson. $5 from each Early Bird Tour goes towards our Early Bird Project, a rodent-trapping project at Lake Matheson.

  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities

Duration: 2 hours
Prices: $70.00 per adult, child (4-15yrs) $35.00, children 3yrs and under free. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Winter: 8:00am. Summer: 6:30am.

"Hard to believe few people choose this tour. As we were the only ones to sign up we had Lisa as a private guide! She was fantastic, very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. We learned so much from her, especially about so many interesting botanical specimens. We went to Lake Matheson before sunrise. Although we are interested in birds we were more interested in doing an early walk. Highly recommended to hear (and maybe even see!) the birds, beat the crowds, and best of all, watch the sunrise." Reviewed by vickym635

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 2-HOUR TOUR

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A shorter highly-informative but relaxed tour to Trident Falls in the Franz Josef Glacier valley with glacier views. Suitable for those that don't fancy walking or that are on a tight schedule. Great option on a wet day.

Duration: 2 hours
Prices: $70.00 per adult, child (4-15yrs) $35.00, children 3yrs and under free. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: On demand, please enquire.

 

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