Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Heli Hiking Franz Josef. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Walking in the crevasses and on the glacier was awesome. The guide was knowledgeable and experienced. Like the way the group was divided into 2 smaller parties. Good level of fitness is required to gain maximum benefit.
This was a very unique and wonderful experience! Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and the glacier formations were incredibly rugged and gorgeous to watch!
This was absolutely the pinnacle of our trip around the south island. A definite must do!
If you go to New Zealand South Island this is a must! The glacier is spectacular and you could spend all day on it. Two hours felt like 10 minutes. If I ever go back I will go back for a second hike.
Our scheduled flight was cancelled due to weather and were asked to return in the afternoon....cancelled again.
We were allowed to try again the following day, so we were booked in for the lunch time flight and on a standby for the morning flight.
There were two seats available in the morning, so up we went to the Glacier. Superb views and the guide gave everyone so much interesting information. Alas, never enough time. We are so glad we held in there as it turned out when we got back that the lunchtime flight was cancelld to to heavy winds up on the glacier.
My advice if you are looking to go on this tour is give yourself a couple of days, so if the weather plays up you still stand a chance of getting onto the glacier. We would have been so dissapointed if we left without completing this part of a fantastic holiday.
Viator personnel were extremely helpful and understanding and the glacier walk was stunning.....a must do!
A bit disappointed the ice caves were no where near what is pictured
The helicopter and glacier experience is great and we were overawed by the size and beauty of it. Our only criticism is that there was a lady who had an injury on our trip who couldn't cope without assistance, and both the guide and other people on the trip had to help her across the ice. Wouldn't have minded except it reduced how much we saw compared with the other groups and our guide started to shout at us at the end to get back to the helicopter meeting point as it was very expensive to have to them to have to wait. We all ended up much earlier than needed despite being in the last batch of people dropped off at the beginning of the ice walk.
Well organized heli-hike. I was disappointed that they didn't take us through the ice tunnel but other than that we had a lot of fun.
Helicopter rides were fantastic but we were a little disappointed with the hiking on the glacier. The pace of the hike was quite slow and not a great deal of the glacier area was covered. Some excellent photo opportunities though!
Overall, the hike was well organized and we were well looked after. A group of 10 is a little too big because the guide could not communicate with the front or the back of the group depending where he was position at the time and how spread out we were. The guide was very professional and friendly.
It rained the day we were supposed to fly so the staff were really helpful and arranged us to do a hike on the glacier with another company. They booked us on a helicopter flight the next morning, provided the weather cleared which it did. I thought they ran the tours very profesionally, given they are subject to the weather.
the staff was very helpful staff, he recommended us to reschedule to Sunday for a better weather as the forecast for Saturday was not good. The weather was perfect on Sunday.
We didn't do the Heli Hiking because the weather was bad, but we exchanged it for a Scenic Flight over Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook, and that was fantastic! We got out on the glacier for a walk around and had fantastic views!
Cost a lot of money, but we will probably not get back to this beautiful part of the world again for quite a while so had to do it & glad we did.