• Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 339.99 View price calendar

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Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide. After a panoramic helicopter flight, you’ll make a thrilling landing between two icefalls on Franz Josef Glacier, part of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a 2-hour 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 over the glacier and land between two icefalls
  • Follow a professional guide on a 2-hour hike on the glacial terrain
  • Be wowed by ice formations like caves, multistory pinnacles and deep crevasses
  • Equipment provided, including glacier boots and ice crampons

What You Can Expect

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Start your Franz Josef Glacier heli-hiking tour at a helicopter base in town, where you’ll receive a safety briefing and be fitted with all of your provided gear, including waterproof jacket, glacier boots with socks and ice crampons, and ice axe.
Then board the AS355 twin-engine Squirrel, a helicopter whose open-plan cabin offers prime views for all six passengers — perfect for panoramic flights over New Zealand's scenic Southern Alps.
Your exhilarating helicopter ride hovers above remote landscapes with access to the 7.5-mile-long (12-km) Franz Josef Glacier. The expert pilot flies 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 2-hour 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 of this unparalleled landscape before you re-board the helicopter for the ride back to town.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

A great event well worth doing.

Arun B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Instead of Franz we did Cook Mountain and the tour was properly planned and executed.

Tanya G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Absolutely loved it! Highly recommend

Marjorie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

My tour was rained out, alas, so there can be no rating. Unfortunately, this site will not accept that, so I've given it a five out of expectations it would have been thus.

Eileen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Well worth the the money!!
The guides were fun and professional and the views from the helicopter and on the ice was AMAZING!!

Paul B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Having had friends do this glacier, we had an idea of what we wanted to do. I believe this is the best option.
The draw is the glacier but the helicopter ride is a big extra to enjoy. Well worth the extra cash.
We looked at the reviews and have to agree this is an exciting and awesome trip to experience.
Easy to book and made easy to experience by the staff. All friendly and ready to help.
A great experience.

Wendy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Due to bad weather we were unfortunately unable to do the Heli- Hike trip but the Company The Helicopter Line arranged for us to have a 20 minute Scenic Trip over Fox Glacier the next day as we were moving on to our next destination and were very limited for time. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip, it was an incredible experience to fly to and land on the glacier. We would certainly recommend this trip.

Rebecca J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Tour was amazing!! 1. we had great weather! always helps! but 2. our guide was great, Brian was very knowledgable and helpful. 3. Helicopter ride was lovely, the views were great! A must for Franz Josef!

Vera K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Unfortunatly we could not do the Heli Hiking because of bad weather. But the next day we are on a 30min flight to Franz Josef and Fox Glacier and it was an amazing, breathtaking experience. Thanks a lot to Mathew, our Pilot.

Amy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is well worth the money! The guides were fun and professional and the views from the helicopter and on the ice were amazing! I would suggest leaving a couple of days free for this as flights can be cancelled due to bad weather.

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