Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike and Scenic Flights

Highlights & inclusions

Guide hike on Franz Josef Glacier
All specialist hiking gear and guide
Explore mystical ice caves and crevasses
Dazzling icy wonderland
Scenic flight from Queenstown to Franz
Exploring magnificent ice caves

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

What you can expect

Prepare to immerse in a dazzling icy wonderland as you spend the day at one of New Zealand's steepest glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier. Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef Airport, where you'll fly over the spectacular Southern Alps studded with over 3000 glistening glaciers. Upon arrival, you'll be run through a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter for a flight into a deep part of the glacier, passing over mystical icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall. Here, you will be fitted with crampons for your two-hour hike, exploring magnificent ice caves and experiencing firsthand the ever-changing wonders of this snowy landscape. Following your hike, you will return to the airport by helicopter to meet your plane for the return journey to Queenstown.


What you need to know

  • Complimentary transfers from Central Queenstown accommodation
  • Return scenic plane flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Scenic helicopter flight from Franz Josef Airport to the Glacier
  • Guide hike on Franz Josef Glacier
  • All specialist hiking gear (waterproof pants/jackets) and guide
  • Departs Queenstown at 8.30 am and returns by 4 pm
  • Please allow eight hours for this experience
What To Bring
  • Please dress as you would for a regular hike
Additional Information
  • In the event of weather preventing the tour from going ahead our first choice will be to move you to your next available day
  • Please call the provider on 0800 777 922 one hour before you depart for a final weather check. Should the weather impact your ability to do the Tasman Glacier hike, there is flexibility to move to the Franz Josef Glacier on the western side of the mountain
Terms And Conditions
  • Please provide accurate weights at the time of booking. Weight discrepancies can result in additional charges or the cancellation of your tour
  • A moderate level of fitness is required
  • Not suitable for children under 35kg
  • Participants over 120kg will incur extra charges on the helicopter portion of this tour
  • Guests over 150kgs will be unable to take part due to weight restrictions on aircraft
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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