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Greymouth: Franz Josef Glacier & Wildlife Centre Guided Tour

Greymouth: Franz Josef Glacier & Wildlife Centre Guided Tour

From US$ 202.86 per person

Trek the popular Valley Walk to the Franz Josef Glacier. Marvel at the native New Zealand bird the Kiwi and explore the Franz Josef township.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off available from all hotels in the Greymouth area.


  • Take a scenic drive to the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Walk the Glacier Valley to a scenic viewpoint
  • View the native Kiwi and Tuatara birds at the Wildlife Centre
Full description
Departing from Greymouth, you will enjoy a scenic drive South, following the coastline with ocean views before heading inland to reach your destination of Franz Josef. The township of Franz Josef is a popular tourist hot spot with thousands visiting the town to view the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Walk up to the glacier along a marked track called the Valley Walk, following the river bed. The trek will take approximately 1.5 hours. On your return to Franz Josef, you will visit the Wildlife Centre. Home to two of New Zealand’s native birds, the Rowi Kiwi and the Tuatara, the centre also hosts an interactive exhibit on the glacier. There is also a souvenir gift shop and cafe onsite. In Franz Josef there will be free time to buy lunch and look around the town, before returning back to Greymouth.
  • Pickup and drop-off from your accommodation
  • Transportation by air-conditioned van
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Blankets for your comfort
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • This tour involves walking along uneven tracks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

1 /5

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Rather disappointing. Although it was just unfortunate the weather was atrocious and we couldn’t walk to the glacier the rest was also rather disappointing. The info had pick up times completely wrong (one said midday one said midnight. But it was actually 8:30am - lucky we called to check). It wasn’t a tour bus but a private vehicle - comfortable enough but not what I expected. We had a driver who was a local and gave a good running commentary but it was a little too detailed. Then we were dropped in Franz Josef township and left to find our way to the wildlife centre which we also had to pay for on top of the $299 we’d already paid. Too wet to make the hike so home we went. A $600 drive there and back. Definitely not recommended.

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April 25, 2021

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