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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

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.

Eileen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour. Good value for money

hasenkamp.oliver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour!

Man Yi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing view from the helicopter and breath taking glaciers. Because of global warming, you can only hike in the Glacier via helicopter. Guide is friendly and places participants and #39; safety as priority. Very memorable hike.

Raquel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was espectacular!! I know is a bit expensive but it really worth it, is the best way to experience the Glacier!! If you go on your own you won't be able to see the Glacier like this, only on the distance and can be disappointing, but the views from the helicopter are amazing and walking on the glacier leaves you speechless. The guide was also really nice and we enjoy it a lot!

WARREN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We arrived well before the scheduled time my 2 Daughters where so looking forward to walking and climbing a Glacier.
We where weighed kitted up and placed clothing on. Then we where told we could not go as the ice was too slippery for my youngest to go on. I am glad that safety is the first concern and the company did go out of there way to get us on at a later time.
I cannot rate the trip but my rating is for the company.
I am sure the trip would have been amazing.

Mike C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Well organized, good guide, great experience.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved it, and would highly recommend as a way to get up close and personal with a glacier. Educational and spectacular.

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

awesome fantastic!!!

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