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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 ice axe and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult 3-hour hike. After your return flight, rejuvenate with a blissful soak at Glacier Hot Pools. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.

Highlights

  • 4-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

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group 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

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.

matthewjohndunn86

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Guide was passionate and informative. Overall great experience and highly recommend!

Just a tip, tour information says to wear 3-5 layers of upper body clothing underneath the jacket and pants they provide you with, this is really not necessary on hot days or in summer months. We did the tour in December and could have gotten away with shorts and a t-shirt!

d.m.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was absolutely amazing. The views were great and wandering around a glacier was a very unique and fun experience.

SHARUL NAKHODA Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nathan Russell our glacier guide was awesome and he gave above and beyond service for our family of 4, and the glacier terrains were spectacular. Cheers

donovanplusmonica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing! From the helicopter to our tour guide Nathan! We had such a great time exploring the glacier ! Highly recommended. The hot pools at the end were a nice finish as well.

janjazz16

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The walk was amazing and the guide was very informative

Natasha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing trip! From the helicopter ride there to walking around! I would recommend this to everyone. With a small group i can only imagine that it's a quicker trip around the glacier than it would be with a larger group. We had a few slower walkers which worked out well for us because we were up front and got to stop and enjoy the scenery. Our guide, George, was awesome and he made it fun too!

Kirsty G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was great same with your guide nick!

yi ming L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour guides and extremely informative. Awesome experience. Only real way to experience the glaciers.

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