• Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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 crampons and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult 3-hour 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.


  • 3-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

What You Can Expect

Heli-Hike 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

Crysann I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Ei S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Awesome. Totally worth it.

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Wow!! What an adventure. This was a great excursion. The helicopter ride was about 10-15 minutes and then 3 hours on the ice. Don't be afraid of walking on ice and through crevasses. The guide was helpful and started slowly so everyone became comfortable walking with crampons. Highly recommend this excursion.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It's not my first glacier and I can say it was really amazing! The track on the glacier was really interesting, including walking inside the glacier and watching a lot of stunning views. Strongly recommended.

UpieNguyen .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Really fun. Worth it. What's not amazing about taking a helicopter up on a glacier and walking around. The pools, which are included, were busy but you have 24h to use the voucher. I would say try to get on the glacier asap during your stay in Franz Josef.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I was in New Zealand for 9 days and this was my favorite part of the trip. The guides were great and the hike really made you appreciate the enormity of the glacier. We trekked through some crevices in the ice that allowed you to see the inside of the glacier. All in all it was definitely worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great experience. Tour guide was awesome. The thermal pools at the end were great as well especially if the temperatures are a little cooler. Don't forget to drink some of the glacier water that is running either.

Analise O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Everything about this walk was excellent! The pilot, the guide, the staff preparing the glacier. And of course, how amazing to be walking on a glacier and squeezing between blue ice crevices!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We were so lucky having a cloudless sky for our visit. We had 3 hours on the glacier and had no problems with the crampons etc. The crawl through the ice cave was different and exciting.

Andrey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a great time on the walk and our guide Andrew was excellent. He told us stories about how the glacier got its Maori and English names, told us about the features of the glacier, and guided us through some tricky portions with patience and good advice. He also had a great sense of humor. It's amazing being on the glacier, and we were lucky to get a chance to do so due to good weather it was raining on previous days. Highly recommend going if you're moderately physically fit.

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