Recent Searches
Book online or call: (888) 651-9785(888) 651-9785

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Franz Josef, New Zealand
Book online or call: (888) 651-9785(888) 651-9785

From US$331.54

Lowest Price Guarantee

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
Free Cancellation
up to 24 hours in advance
Loading available options...

icon3 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
Paper ticket
iconOffered in: English


On this Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and hike, 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 crampons and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult hike. After your return flight, rejuvenate with a complimentary blissful soak at Glacier Hot Pools. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.
  • Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Travel longer and further than most glacier hikes with hours on the ice.
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, 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 past mazes of ice and deep blue crevasses along the glacier. With insight from your guide, 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 rain forest 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.
Stop At:  
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
This is where you need to check in for the Glacier Tour. This is also where you check in for the Glacier Hot Pools
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glacier Hot Pools
You can spend as much time as you like in the Glacier Hot Pools after your Heli-Hike experince
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Franz Josef Glacier
You won't see the Glacier Access Road as you will be in a Helicopter
Admission Ticket Free

Traveler Photos


410 Reviews
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Reviews by Viator travelers
Rain, rain and more rain
dympna M
, Dec 2019
Trip was cancelled due to weather. The torrential rain coupled with thunder and lightning meant all activities cancelled. Franj Joseph Staff were great and we were offered lots of alternatives. Waiting to do trip in Queenstown.
Lovely guides and great experience
, Oct 2019
Worth Spending the money. Only downfall was the hike hasnt been tracked in 5 days so the guide had to pick axe a clearer pathway for hiking groups which meant we were stopping every few steps to wait for him. It was frustrating. Suggest another guide performs this instead of the guide for the group as it ruins the experience. Apart from that the trip with the helicopter was great and the ice cave worth the trip all by itself. Its not a hard hike and can be done by most able people. Thanks crew.
Once in a Lifetime Experience!
, Sep 2019
Tip - Book the earliest morning tour! Bad weather will usually only show up later in the day causing the later hikes to be canceled while the morning tours are still completed. This was an amazing experience. Our guide, Geidre, was friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. You travel through ice caverns and all over the glacier's formations, so you can really appreciate the power of the nature around you. I felt safe at all times and constantly in awe! Definitely worth it!
Winter is a better time for heli-hike
, Jun 2019
it had been raining last week and i heard that previous sessions were cancelled due to bad weather. Lucky me, it was a sunny morning (though i have planned to stay for 2 nights, just in case) The center provided us waterproof jacket and trousers, socks, shoes, crampons, beanie, gloves and a cross body bag - so you dont have to worry about the gears. it started with a short helicopter ride to the glacier starting point. We had a few short-legged participants and I noticed our awesome guide Kallie has taken good care of care of them. Safety is the first priority and it has been repeatedly reinforced throughout the journey that no photo taking is allowed whenever there is a handrail around. There are plenty of good and safe spots. The hike took around 3 hours. Appreciated our guide Kallie moderated the pace all along. The view at the glacier is much better in winter (you can see the snowy mountains only in winter). The hot pool was rejuvenating, especially after the hike. It is just next door- you can enter once anytime during your stay at Franz Josef.
Amazing feeling!
, Jun 2019
Walking on a glacier is a bucket list item. It was every bit as amazing as I hoped. Very well organised. The weather is unpredictable and the likelihood of not being able to fly is very high. I recommend booking the 1st trip of the day as the mornings seems to be more clear, and leave yourself 2-3 days to play with in case your hike should be postponed for a day or two, as this is worth abandoning your other travel plans. The normal hiking paths, to walk up to the glaciers through the forest, have mostly been destroyed. They are aiming to reconstruct them by Christmas. However 1 or 2 are still open, so still worth a try.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Morena KatrinVC, We are so glad you got to experience one of our trips and had an amazing time. We wish you well for the rest of your stay in New Zealand. Regards Rebecca
Good adventure sport
, May 2019
Great for someone seeking adventure in the glaciers. Also not for the faint hearted. Views from Helicopter is awesome.
Amazing experience
Val D
, Apr 2019
Our first time was cancelled due to bad weather so we hung around another day and were lucky enough to do a morning hike with Lawrence and we were so glad that we got this opportunity. Our guide Lawrence was so knowledgable and made the whole hike interesting. All along keeping an eye on the weather for our safety, the rest of the tours for the day were cancelled due to the weather. All equipment is supplied and a great team to ensure everyone has fun whilst remaining safe
Well worth it
Susan D
, Apr 2019
What an amazing experience being able walk on the glacier and through some of the crevasses. Franz Josef Guides are truly helpful and the company supply all the gear you will need for an amazing experience on the ice. We were fortunate to have a perfect day.
Heli-Hike Franz Josed Glacier Walk
, Oct 2018
Incredible experience, very well organized in all senses. Equipment was in perfect conditions, had an excellent guide, safety was ensured at all times.
Hands down the best tour I have been...
Crysann I
, Feb 2018
Hands down the best tour I have been on! The glacier was amazing! Our guide, Justin did a great job keeping us all entertained and telling us about the glacier! The equipment they provide was clean and in excellent condition.

Reserve Now & Pay Later
Secure your must-do activities without being locked in
Product code: 2524HDICE

Explore Similar Things to Do