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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 94 Reviews

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  • Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Combine a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a two-hour guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of New Zealand's South Island. You'll learn about glacier processes and enjoy supreme panoramic views on your small group tour, as your local guide shows you the most spectacular ice formations.

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What You Can Expect

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

With its ability to hover, land and provide access to some of the most remote areas, your helicopter ride is the ideal choice for sightseeing, taking you right up close to towering peaks, crevasse filled glaciers and sparkling waterways.

You'll land high up on the glacier between two icefalls where your guided hike begins. Follow your professional guide into the most spectacular icefall terrain, only usually seen by experienced mountaineers. With a spotless safety record, rigid assessments, and the use of exclusive quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is always accounted for.

Afterwards, you'll re-embark the helicopter for a transfer back to the township of Franz Josef.

Aircraft:
The fleet consists predominately of European AS355 Twin Engine Squirrels (seats 06 passengers plus pilot). They are ideal aircraft for scenic flights, with an open plan cabin making for excellent views for all passengers. The Helicopter Line has the highest levels of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations, this involves regular monitoring and audit of all aspects of the operations.

Itinerary

What to Bring:
  • Warm upper body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Fantastic trip with fantastic weather (sunny day and blue sky). Our guide was very knowledgeable and made it possible to walk through a spectacular ice cave/tube.
The real hiking time was a bit too short in my opiniion, but nevertheless a great adventure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Heli Hike tour was cancelled due to weather conditions. The Helicopter Line let us transfer our booking to a flight over Mount Cook when we were at that location the following week. The snow landing and flight over Mount Cook was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ.

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