Tour code: 2524HDICE
On this Franz Joseph Glacier helicopter tour and hike, you’ll land atop the glacier and explore ice caves and pinnacles with a small group. Soar above New Zealand’s Southern Alps during a scenic flight, then grab your ice axe and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult 3-hour hike. After your return flight, rejuvenate with a blissful soak at Glacier Hot Pools. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.


  • 4-hour Franz Joseph Glacier walk
  • Take in beautiful glacier views from the air by helicopter
  • Explore the ice with your guide and gain insight into the geological forces at play
  • Marvel at the stunning landscape on your moderately difficult hike
  • Relax after your glacier walk with a soak in the hot pools
  • Tour includes all hiking equipment

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Marvel at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier on your walk

Meet your guide at the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef at one of several morning departure times available. You’re given a safety orientation and provided with protective gear including Gore-tex jacket, trousers, woolen hat, gloves and leather boots with crampons in preparation for your Franz Joseph Glacier tour.

Then hop into the helicopter for stunning aerial views over New Zealand's scenic Southern Alps and surrounding area — a magnificent sight to behold. After a brief flight, you’ll experience a gentle yet thrilling landing atop the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Ice axe in hand, set off on foot with your guide past ice formations that protrude alongside ice caves, pinnacles and seracs. Explore the dramatic landscape as you hike for 3 hours past mazes of ice and deep blue crevasses along the 7.5-mile-long (12-km) glacier. With insight from your guide, you’ll understand the various geological forces at play in this otherworldly environment.

At the conclusion of your glacier hike, return to Franz Josef by helicopter and unwind with a rejuvenating soak at the Glacier Hot Pools, situated in a rainforest haven at the edge of town. Relax your muscles in the soothing hot pools, which are fed by pure glacier water — an ideal way to complete your half-day adventure.

Customer Reviews

Miss K. D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I loved the glacier soo much!!! It was amazing experience, definitely recommended!

Karis C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved much better seeing it up close than from the bottom at the valley walk. Glad I went on the 2nd morning flight group as there was less people traffic up on the walk. We didn't see other groups til the very end. Short helicopter ride was fun and 3 hrs on the ice was perfect. Fairly easy hike for this low-moderate fit girl, but a few steeper areas that might be hard for someone with bad knees. Next time I want to do the ice climbing to get closer to the serac and have a more challenging hike. Adam was a great guide!
This activity is entirely weather dependent as rain isn't uncommon there so it's luck of the draw. Glad I prebooked knowing I could get a refund thru viator if weather cancellation bc it was raining badly when I arrived to town but sunny and gorgeous the day of the helicopter-hike and all tours were sold out so there were some disappointed tourists.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

What an awesome adventure

Kelly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience! Awesome helicopter flight up to the glacier, knowledgable and entertaining guides, gorgeous scenery! Everyone should go on this glacier walk!

Pam R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a unique and wonderful experience. A must do if you visit Queenstown.

Tzu-Ying K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


Phil L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was as advertised, we felt it was well organised and the glacier leader, Nick, was professional and very good as a leader.
The only problem we experienced was the requirement for us the print the e-mailed voucher. As a tourist travelling internationally, we had no access to a printer and could not understand the requirement for the printed voucher as the reception desk already had our details.
Otherwise, a very enjoyable experience.

Tzu-ting H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

glacier walk was awesome and great experiece

jagdish P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A must do . A word of caution- You have to be moderately fit - I am 60 Years and found the steps and slopes a bit steep - will do it again if I get an opportunity. We visited in in Mid April and had to extend our stay by a day as the weather was bad on the day we originally scheduled the trip.

Darren W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great fun! Our guide Rob was fantastic - very knowledgeable and made the trip more enjoyable with his stories along the way. The helicopter trip to the glacier was outstanding, as was the trek itself. Plenty of time on the glacier to explore. The service from these guys is A

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