Glacier Walks in New Zealand

Tourists to New Zealand rank glacier walking as one of the top attractions there. You can be escorted by guides that are experienced into the world of gorgeous blue-tinged ice caves, pinnacles, and seracs on the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers on the west coast of South Island. These two glaciers can be considered modern-day wonders. They start from vast basins under the main divide of the Southern Alps and extend down to an extremely low altitude of 250 meters above sea level, in the temperate rainforest.

You can see the glaciers in New Zealand very easily, as every New Zealand Glacier guiding company can outfit you with all the necessary equipment, such as boots, socks, crampons, raincoat, and alpenstock. You can also be taken to the terminal face of the New Zealand glaciers through the New Zealand Glacier guiding companies. You can choose from any of the following excursions: half day, full day, heli-hike or full day alpine heli-hike options, along with ice climbing, mountaineering and glacier skiing. You need to be in really good physical shape to undertake the more adventurous full day walk and even the half day walk requires some level of fitness. The heli-hike will take you on an amazing helicopter flight over the glacier and then on a guided walk which lasts about 2 1/2 hours and allows you to explore the caves on the upper glacier and the intricate ice formations. The alpine heli-hike is practically a mountaineering trip which ends in reaching the summit of a 2000 meter peak.

You should make sure to include the New Zealand Glacier walk in your NZ adventure holiday.


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