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.