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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide.  Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a 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 between two icefalls
  • Follow a professional guide on a hike on the glacial terrain
  • Equipment provided, including glacier boots and ice crampons

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Expert mountaineering guides and equipment make this tour ideal for first-time glacier hikers.
Start your Franz Josef Glacier tour at a helicopter base in town. Receive a safety briefing and be fitted with provided gear including a waterproof jacket, glacier boots with socks and ice crampons, and an ice axe.
Then board the AS355 twin-engine Squirrel, a helicopter whose open-plan cabin offers prime views for all six passengers. Hover above remote landscapes with access to the 7.5-mile-long (12-km) Franz Josef Glacier. Fly 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 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 before you reboard the helicopter for the ride back to town.

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, Mar 2019

The attitude of the staff working here - specially the manager- will ruin your experience and vacation. Take your money somewhere else.

, Apr 2018

No lo pude hacer por clima, no paro de llover.

, Apr 2018


, Apr 2018

AMAZING!!! Highlight of my trip

, Mar 2018

This is a great activity. It was amazing to fly up to the glacier and walk around it. Our guide was knowledgeable. Only negative was we hiked in a small loop from where the helicopter drops you off. I would have been nice to hike a longer distance, but I understand the guides have to consider the capabilities of the weakest member of the group.

, Feb 2018

A must do, was a great experience staff and guide on the Glacier were excellent.

, Feb 2018

It could have been 4.5 stars. Our guide Eric was very diligent and helpful. Explained quite a bit on the geo knowledge. The heli ride was exiting except it was quite short. To be honest, there was not much to see over there but the experience was unforgettable.

, Oct 2017

This was a great experience! I suggest breaking the groups on the glacier into different fitness levels. We spent too much time waiting for others in the group. I feel like we missed out on some great views because of this.

, Sep 2017

A great event well worth doing.

, Aug 2017

The should mention that there is a weight limit before they give you all the equipment and explain what to expect, my husband wasn't allowed on. It was a good walk , but not difficult or challenging

Product code: 3434WHO_HELIHIKE

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