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

ALL TOURS INCLUDE:

  • Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate)
  • Biscuit
  • Raincoats. over trousers and large heavy duty umbrellas to keep you dry
  • Walking poles & sunscreen
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation
  • Best family value tours with 15 yrs & under half price & 3 years & under FREE
  • Free use of Macpac Baby Carrier for under 3 year olds
  • We have a limited supply of tramping boots
  • NZ Guide !

Family Rate (2A + 2C) of $225 NZD for all our 3 hr tours.

FRANZ JOSEF ECO TOUR

  • 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 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

Duration: 3.5 hours
Prices: $80.00 per adult, child $40.00 (4 - 15yrs) child 3yrs and under free of charge. Minimum pax numbers apply.


Departure Times: Summer: Daily at 9:30am and 5.30pm. Winter: Daily at 11:00am. Other times please enquire.

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

FOX GLACIER ECO TOUR

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES WITH THE FOX GLACIER VALLEY, THEN THIS TOUR IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE
  • 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.
  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities

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

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native mountain parrots
 Fox Glacier Eco Tours

LAKE MATHESON

  • 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 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: $80.00 per adult, child (4 - 15yrs) $40.00, children 3yrs and under free of charge. Minimum pax numbers apply.


Departure Times: Winter: Daily at 3:00pm. Summer: Daily at 7:00am and 5:30pm. 

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

EARLY BIRD TOUR

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.  $5 of each Early Bird Tour goes towards our Early Bird Project, a rodent trapping project at Lake Matheson, commencing Winter 2018

  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities

Duration: 2 hours
Prices: $70.00 per person, child (3 - 15yrs) $35.00 children under 3yrs free.  Minimum pax numbers apply. 
Departure Times: Winter: Daily at 8:00am. Summer: Daily at 7:00am. Other times please enquire.

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Early Bird Tours
Early Bird Tours

OKARITO TOUR

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 NZ'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!

  • Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities

Duration: 3 hours (half day) 
8 hour (full day) tours available  - good amount of fitness required for this tour
Prices: 3 hr tour $80.00 per person, Children 4-15yrs $40.00, children 3 yrs and under free of chargeOkarito Full Day  $180 adults, child $90.00.  Minimum pax numbers apply. 
Departure Times: 11:00am or 3:00pm. Other times please enquire.

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Okarito Tours
Okarito Tours
Okarito Tours

FRANZ JOSEF FULL DAY TOUR (Via ROBERTS POINT TRACK)

Experience amazing glacier, waterfall, and mountain views, whilst walking in beautiful forest on this advanced track with the safety of an experienced guide. Walking 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 (not suitable for staying in anymore) but a great stop on the way. 
Comfortable but sturdy footwear required (hiking shoes or boots).

Good amount of fitness required.  moderate - experienced hikers   

Track subject to weather and availability.  This tour does not walk onto the ice/glacier

Duration: 7 hours
Prices: $180.00 adults, children (12-15 yrs) $90.00 Minimum pax numbers apply. Not suitable for kids under 12 yrs.


Departure Times: This track subject to weather and availability, please contact us.

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Roberts Point Track Tours
Roberts Point Track Tours
Roberts Point Track Tours

FRANZ JOSEF + FOX + LAKE MATHESON

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES WITH THE FOX GLACIER VALLEY THEN THIS TOUR IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

A combination of the Franz Josef 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 12 years. Minimum pax numbers apply.
Departure Times: Tour departure times vary depending on time of year and daylight savings, and morning lake or evening lake tour. Please enquire.

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walk through forest to get the glimpse of Franz Josef Glacier
provide complimentary pick-up / drop-off from your accommodation
Learn about flora and fauna

FOX GLACIER + LAKE MATHESON

PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES WITH THE FOX GLACIER VALLEY THEN THIS TOUR IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

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

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: (approx times only) Winter: 11:00am. Summer: 1;30pm. Tour departure times do vary depending on time of year and daylight savings, and availability please enquire.

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provide complimentary pick-up / drop-off from your accommodation
native mountain parrots
Learn about flora and fauna

FRANZ JOSEF + LAKE MATHESON

Visit the Franz Josef Glacier Valley and Lake Matheson in one day on this guided combo tour.

Learn, discover and enjoy on these fully guided relaxed walks with a knowledgeable NZ local guide, all in one day. Learn about glaciology, local geology, history of the area as well as local legends. Discover our local flora and fauna in these unique tepid rainforests, including native orchids, mushrooms and birds, and you may be lucky enough to spot wild Thar and Chamois in the riverbeds and surrounding hills in the valley. Enjoy 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 of waterfalls, blocks of ice, and spectacular mountain and glacier views. Walk off the beaten path from the public walking track on our own tracks through bush, and along the riverbed where the public are not allowed to access. Enjoy our private glacier viewing area for morning or afternoon tea at the closest safest spot to view the glacier, away from the busy public viewing platform. Then head to Lake Matheson in our minivan over the Fox Glacier Hills, (approx. 35 min drive) through beautiful rainforest with mountain and river views. Enjoy a leisurely walk around this protected lake at the optimal time for mirror reflections. Lake Matheson is a mixture of DOC land, with a small section of private land, and is protected by a covenant so no recreational activities are allowed on the lake. This provides a serene environment for experiencing this landscape to its fullest. Learn about how this lake was formed by collapse and/or stagnation of retreating ice age glaciers. Enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit at sunset with reflection views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman mirrored in the Lake.

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: (approx times only) Winter: 11:00am. Summer: 1;30pm. Tour departure times do vary depending on time of year and daylight savings, and availability please enquire.

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provide complimentary pick-up / drop-off from your accommodation
native mountain parrots
Learn about flora and fauna

Contact

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

0800 925586

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