New Zealand is known for its majestic landscapes, and the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is no exception.
In fact, this landmark is regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers. Guided tours allow visitors to experience the beauty of this icy landscape through a range of glacier hiking tours designed to suit all fitness and ability levels.
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hiking Tour
The Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hiking Tour starts out with a breathtaking scenic flight offering stunning panoramic views of the glacier from the air. The copter lands high up on the glacier allowing passengers to disembark, gear up with their guide’s help, and to get ready for a two-hour hike.
This hike is considered the ultimate New Zealand adventure tour introducing hikers to some of the most pristine glacier scenery available. As you go, the tour guide selects the route through a maze of ice. They will point out everything from towering pinnacles to brilliantly blue ice and explain the historic environmental changes that have taken place in recent years.
Glacier Hot Pools
These glacier tours also include free entry to the Glacier Hot Pools which are situated in lush rainforest.
At the conclusion of your hike, the natural tranquility of this haven offers the perfect way to unwind after hiking. The warm waters ease tired muscles and carry you to a blissful state of pure relaxation.
Changes Due to Bad Weather
A visit to the Fanz Josef Glacier via helicopter is a memorable experience but there are times conditions don’t allow helicopters to fly.
If your tour is canceled due to weather, the Fanz Josef Glacier Guides will transfer your hike to their Glacier Valley Walk for the same day. However, there is no obligation and you can cancel at any time.
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