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West Coast South Island

 

Glacier Valley Eco tours - Fox and Franz Glaciers

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Nestled in the middle of beautiful South Westland you will find New Zealands own glacier country, home to spectacular glaciers, pristine rivers, primeval forests, towering mountains and unique wetlands.

Nestled in the middle of beautiful South Westland you will find New Zealand's own glacier country, home to spectacular glaciers, pristine rivers, primeval forests, towering mountains and unique wetlands. Let us take you to explore this area and all its natural beauty.

Explore:
-Franz Josef Glacier
-Fox Glacier
-Lake Matheson
-Okarito Wetlands

Glacier Valley Eco Tours hold a Department of Conservation license to operate guided tours in the South Westland World Heritage area. We provide guests with quality, informative, friendly and relaxed eco-style tours.

Our tours are especially designed for clients who want to learn about the wonders of this incredible natural environment.

Remember: South Westland is a rainforest setting and at times the climate can be very wet. Don't let the rain keep you indoors. We provide good quality raincoats, large umbrellas and hot drinks and snacks on all our tours. You will be surprised how much fun it is out in the rain!

All tours include:
- Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
- Chocolate snack
- Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
- Hats and gloves if you need them
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation

Happy Travels! See you at our place!

Region:
Franz Josef / West Coast

Services Available:
Combo - Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson
Fox Glacier:
-From your accommodation we drive to the Fox Glacier car park (30 min from Franz Josef, 10 min from Fox).
-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.

Lake Matheson:
-Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and natural history.
-Well formed track for easy to moderate walking
-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.

Duration:4 1/2 to 5 hours

All tours include:
-Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
-Chocolate snack
-Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
-Hats and gloves if you need them
-Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation

Combo - Fox Glacier, Franz Josef and Lake Matheson
Fox Glacier:
-From your accommodation we drive to the Fox Glacier car park (30 min from Franz Josef, 10 min from Fox).
-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.

Franz Josef:
-This tour starts with a short drive to the glacier carpark.
-Enjoy walking through regenerating forest for your first glimpse of the magnificent FJG.
-Your experienced guide will take you past the public barriers and safely up to the terminal face of the glacier.
-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.

Lake Matheson:
-Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and natural history.
-Well formed track for easy to moderate walking
-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.

Duration: 7-8 hours

All tours include:
-Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
-Chocolate snack
-Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
-Hats and gloves if you need them
-Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation

Fox Glacier Eco Tour
From your accommodation we drive to the Fox Glacier car park (30 min from Franz Josef, 10 min from Fox).

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.

Duration: 3 hours

Departure Times: 9:30am & 1:30pm.

All tours include:
-Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
-Chocolate snack
-Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
-Hats and gloves if you need them
-Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation

Franz Josef Eco Tour
This tour starts with a short drive to the glacier carpark.

Enjoy walking through regenerating forest for your first glimpse of the magnificent FJG.

Your experienced guide will take you past the public barriers and safely up to the terminal face of the glacier.

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.

Duration: 3 hours
Departure Times: 9:30am & 1:30pm.

All tours include:
-Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
-Chocolate snack
-Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
-Hats and gloves if you need them
-Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation

Lake Matheson
Learn about flora, fauna, glaciation, geology and natural history.

Well formed track for easy to moderate walking

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.

Duration: 3.5 hours


All tours include:
-Free hot drinks (tea/coffee/hot chocolate for the kids)
-Chocolate snack
-Raincoat and large umbrellas to keep you dry
-Hats and gloves if you need them
-Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation





 
 
 
 
 

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