5 star rating: Highly Recommended 121 Reviews

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  • Location:Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide. After a panoramic helicopter flight, you’ll make a thrilling landing between two icefalls on Franz Josef Glacier, part of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a 2-hour guided hike past deep crevasses and towering ice-blue pinnacles before the return chopper ride down. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.


  • Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and guided hike
  • Take a helicopter flight over the glacier and land between two icefalls
  • Follow a professional guide on a 2-hour hike on the glacial terrain
  • Be wowed by ice formations like caves, multistory pinnacles and deep crevasses
  • Equipment provided, including glacier boots and ice crampons

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What You Can Expect

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Start your Franz Josef Glacier heli-hiking tour at a helicopter base in town, where you’ll receive a safety briefing and be fitted with all of your provided gear, including waterproof jacket, glacier boots with socks and ice crampons, and ice axe.

Then board the AS355 twin-engine Squirrel, a helicopter whose open-plan cabin offers prime views for all six passengers — perfect for panoramic flights over New Zealand's scenic Southern Alps.

Your exhilarating helicopter ride hovers above remote landscapes with access to the 7.5-mile-long (12-km) Franz Josef Glacier. The expert pilot flies right by towering peaks, over deep crevasses and past pristine blue waterways. Admire the sparkling ice before an exciting landing high up on the glacier between two icefalls.

Then hop out to begin your 2-hour guided hike over the picturesque icy terrain, most often seen only by skilled mountaineers.

Clamber in and around ice caves as your guide points out dramatic pinnacles and seracs, and learn about the history and current conditions of Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy plenty of photo ops of this unparalleled landscape before you re-board the helicopter for the ride back to town.

Customer Reviews

Marvin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Exciting and somewhat difficult for a 79 year old - -but doable. I highly recommend it.

Charlotte W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

One of the most amazing experiences of my life!

jenny s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We couldnt go because it was too cloudy for the helicopter to fly on the 2 days we were there, this is one of the risks that cant be helped in planning a trip. Viator returned our funds promptly.

sandrine m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing trip!

Claudia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An absolutely amazing experience. I highly recommend doing this on your next trip to NZ.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The best tour we have ever experienced, it was truly amazing

Przemyslaw B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Superb! Very friendly and very professional. Thanks

Nicole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This has absolutely been the highlight of my trip! The teams at The Helicopter Line were really helpful, friendly and reassuring as to what would happen.
Rob our climb leader was really supportive especially to a few people in the group who were not as confident climbing. This is a MUST do!

Yang S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

great tour with helicopter line.

Lori J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fabulous and breathtaking. Guides extremely professional..thank you Rob. Helicopter tour well worth taking. The highlight of our trip todate.

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