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Lake Matheson Eco Tour provided by Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Lake Matheson Eco Tour
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 53086P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Driver/guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Coffee and/or Tea • Snacks • West weather clothing • walking boots - please call if required due to limited stock • Walking poles if required • umbrellas
Exclusions
Lunch
Duration
3h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
20 Main Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand This is our old office loaction, currently we are without premises due to COVID-19. We can still pick you up from here (there are picnic tables outside undercover).
Department of Conservation - Fox Glacier Area Office, 6 Main Road, Fox Glacier 7886, New Zealand Across the street from Distinction Hotel is the Fox Glacier DOC Area Office. Our guide will meet you there in the carpark. (please note the Area Office is closed to the public.) PICK UP IN FOX GLACIER IS 30 AFTER TOUR DEPARTURE TIME (tour leaves Franz Josef at departure time)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Driver/guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Coffee and/or Tea • Snacks • West weather clothing • walking boots - please call if required due to limited stock • Walking poles if required • umbrellas
Exclusions
Lunch
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
20 Main Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand This is our old office loaction, currently we are without premises due to COVID-19. We can still pick you up from here (there are picnic tables outside undercover).
Department of Conservation - Fox Glacier Area Office, 6 Main Road, Fox Glacier 7886, New Zealand Across the street from Distinction Hotel is the Fox Glacier DOC Area Office. Our guide will meet you there in the carpark. (please note the Area Office is closed to the public.) PICK UP IN FOX GLACIER IS 30 AFTER TOUR DEPARTURE TIME (tour leaves Franz Josef at departure time)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Infant seats available
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Please bring an extra on or two long sleeved warm top layers of clothing
Please wear suitable footwear for walking
Stroller accessible
Most travellers can participate
Please call us to order sizes for wet weather clothing
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Lake Matheson Walk
    Stop: 3 hours
    Our guide will pick you up from your accommodation or at one of our meeting points, and drive to the Lake Matheson car park. From there you will begin your guided walking tour in our small groups with your knowledgeable guide. There will be lots of stops along the way, with about 30 mins for a cup of tea and a chance to marvel at the views of this stunning mirror-like lake.
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buffykc
Mooroolbark, Australia552 contributions
Stunning Morning watching the Sunrise
Oct 2019
It was a very early start for the drive out - but we were rewarded with the most beautiful sunrise over the lake.

Along the path, Cliff was fabulous yet again and explained the flora and how things grew!

Give yourself a chance to witness this marvelous sight!
Written 12 May 2020
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Tash G
Thanks again!
Written 10 September 2020
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Lord MacDuff
Aberdeen, UK651 contributions
Lake Matheson Tour, Fox glacier and Franz Joseph glacier
Feb 2020
Our transport to Lake Matheson arrived bang on pick-up time at 6am and we were swiftly transported to the village of Fox Glacier to pick up others. We were therefore the first vehicle in the car park beside the café at Lake Matheson and when we walked in our early start was rewarded with the black water being so still that the reflections were perfect. Unfortunately, there was some low cloud over the mountains but the Lake conditions were perfect. We walked round in a clockwise direction and it wasn’t until after 8.15 am that we met other people scrabbling to get the perfect pictures that we had easily got. Around that time a slight breeze got up causing ripples on the water which made us very smug that we had got there early enough to have it all – just wonderful! Our guide was a lovely person but didn’t really have a clear grasp of all the things he should have known about and his commentary was spasmodic and pretty much in passing, lacking in substance and detail. He was unable to answer several fairly simple questions put to him about the Lake’s eco system and fauna which was disappointing. You should do this walk on your own without a guide as it is clearly signposted and you won’t miss anything. There is apparently a very good café at the Lake for breakfast on your return but we couldn’t visit it or the information centre and barely had time for a rest visit before being chased into their van for the return journey. Doing it on your own also applies to going to the viewing site for the Fox Glacier which is further down the same road you take to Lake Mathesen which we did the following day and were rewarded with great views and the same applies to walking into the public viewing area for Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers – do it on your own, you don’t need a guide.
Written 24 March 2020
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5,799 contributions
Awesome offbeat tour
This eco tour was awesome simply for the knowledgeable, informative, interactive and friendly tour guide/driver. Learnt a lot about the trees, plantations and natural vegetations of the region. The natural scenery was spectacular in the midst of the rain. Would certainly very highly recommend this eco tour to any off beat traveler.
Written 30 November 2019
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Tash G
thanks so much for your great review ! much appreciated . We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in our beautiful Glacier Country NZ Aotearoa
Written 4 December 2019
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Maggie-N-Poon
Maggie-N-Poon
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Excellent tour
I fully enjoyed this tour despite the weather. I learnt heaps about the history and rare plants in this forest from
Shari208
Shari208
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Epic! Just Epic
It was an amazing day with all gear that was needed fully supplied as part of the deal - if needed ie boots wet wea
CraigClaire2019
CraigClaire2019
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Glacier tour
Our guide David was excellent. Very knowledgeable and showed us places off the main track. Very enjoyable morning.
walkertalk27
walkertalk27
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Glazier Walk
A must visit because in time, it'll be gone. David was very knowledgeable and helpful and the off track time added
Vacation636959
Vacation636959
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Franz Josef Eco Tour Walk
Fantastic guided walk with David - we had an awesome time. David was so informative and we learnt so much. Also enj
LynneA352
LynneA352
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great tour!
Very worthwhile tour, we really appreciated that the tour was still on even though only two of us had booked - many
ard222017
ard222017
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Great tour of Franz Josef
The tour guide, Cliff was very knowledgeable about the glacier, its history, and the native plants. The tour also t
Gilgr097
Gilgr097
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Informative adventure
My wife and I had a great adventure with Cliff. We explored a waterfall then took the path less trodden through the
39neil
39neil
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Amazing View
It was fantastic and the view of the glacier made our day. Our guide Cliff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Woul
V5034QQkerryw
V5034QQkerryw
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Glacial greatness
A great tailored experience! Cliff was an amazing tour guide, with great chats and in depth knowledge. We loved goi
buffykc
buffykc
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Amazing tour - Cliff rocks!
We had a brilliant morning out at Franz Josef Glacier - we walked to the base, Cliff showed us things that we would
llr22020
llr22020
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Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Our tour of the Franz Josef Glacier was well done, incredibly interesting and beautiful. The guides were personabl
Grootieli
Grootieli
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Amazing
It was really interesting with great views. We saw many cool animals and plants and of course the glacier. Cliff w
whohasthis
whohasthis
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Enjoyable tour with knowledgeable guide
As a family of 4 with children 7 and 9 we were concerned that this might not hold their interest. This was not the
YorkParent
YorkParent
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Brilliant informative tour
Brilliant 1/2 day walking tour to along the Franz Josef valley. Very informative we learnt a lot about the trees an