Our half day tours are a great option for all types of abilities and ages.  Perfect for family groups, young children & the older generation - we cater tours to suit you.  We have a baby backpack carrier we provide free of charge if you need it. 
All our half day tours run for around 3 - 3.5 hours but allow 4 hours maximum between your other activities for the day.

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.
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation.
  • Best family value tours with 15 years and under half price, 3 years and under FREE.
  • Free use of Macpac Baby Carrier for under 3 year olds.
  • We have a limited supply of tramping boots.
  • A knowledgeable New Zealand guide.

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER ECO TOUR

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  • This Franz Josef Glacier Eco Tour starts with a short drive in our courtesy vehicle to the 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
  • Easy to moderate walk
  • Great photo opportunities are everywhere
  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities - a great family-friendly activity the kids will love

For a shorter bird tour for the dawn chorus in the Franz Josef Glacier valley, please see our Early Bird Tour at the bottom of this page.

Duration: 3 hours (please allow 4 hours)
Prices: $80.00 per adult, child (4-15yrs) $40.00, children 3yrs and under free. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Summer: Daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm and 5.30pm. Winter: Daily at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Other times please enquire.

"The owner of our b&b accommodation recommended Glacier Valley Eco Tours to us and we were so glad she did. Whilst you can do the walk independently you gain so much more by going with a local tour. Our guide Lisa was so enthusiastic and fun with an in depth knowledge of her subject. The walk takes you off the main track and provides of background to the development of the rain forest and retreat of the glacier. Thoroughly recommended." Reviewed by JaJo89

FOX GLACIER ECO TOUR

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  • This Fox Glacier Eco Tour is a suitable level for beginners, all ages and abilities - a great family-friendly experience
  • From your accommodation we drive to the Fox Glacier South side car park (30 mins from Franz Josef, 5 mins from Fox township)
  • The 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 upper Fox Glacier, Fox neve, Mt Tasman, one of NZ's highest mountains
  • 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
  • This is mainly a nature tour - if you want to get close to the glacier terminal face, check out our Franz Josef Eco Tour

Duration: 3 hours(please allow 4 hours)
Prices: $80.00 per adult, child (4-15yrs) $40.00, children 3yrs and under free. Minimum pax numbers apply
Departure Times: Summer: Daily at 1:30pm. Winter: 11:00am. Other times please enquire.

"Awesome local guide, extremely passionate about the area and it’s history. We enjoyed the off track adventure. Highly recommend this tour!" Reviewed by Jrt0405

 

LAKE MATHESON ECO TOUR

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  • Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and natural history
  • Well-formed track for easy walking
  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities
  • For the best chance of mirror-like reflections this tour should be taken in the early evening; contact us for departure times due to daylight savings

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

  • The dark coloured water creates breathtaking mirror-like reflections
  • Ancient lush rainforest makes for a stunning walkway around the lake
  • New Zealand's two highest mountains which at early evening reflect in the waters of Lake Matheson

For a shorter early morning bird chorus tour, please see our Early Bird Tour at the bottom of this page.

Duration: 3 hours (please allow 4 hours)
Prices: $80.00 per adult, child (4-15yrs) $40.00, children 3yrs and under free. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Winter: 3:00pm. Summer: 5:30pm.

OKARITO ECO 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 world renowned Andris Apses' photography gallery while we are there! Full day tour also available, see our Full Day tours page.

  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities

Duration: 3 hours approx(please allow 4 hours)
Prices: $80.00 per adult, child (4-15yrs) $40.00, children 3yrs and under free
Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: 11:00am or 3:00pm.

"Thanks to Cliff for a great tour of Okarito and a very enjoyable walk to the trig station. Seeing dolphins and stunning views at the top! Awesome!" Reviewed by Rustbell

 

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: 6:00am.

"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.

 

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