Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike Tour

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Fitness level moderate
Intensity level moderate
5.08 reviews

Highlights & inclusions

Scenic Helicopter Flight to Franz Josef icefall
Glacier helicopter landing
2 hour hike on the glacier ice formations
Professional guides
All equipment provided
Witness some truely majestic scenery

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Tue, Jun 25, 2024

What you can expect

The excitement of walking on one of New Zealand's most famous glaciers - the Franz Josef Glacier - combines with a scenic and thrilling helicopter flight to provide the ultimate alpine experience! You'll be flown in and able to access and explore a part of this famous ice formation that is brimming with a variety of spectacular ice caves and arches. Fly over the pinnacles of the lower icefall where the ice is in constant motion then circle the upper icefall before the helicopter lands in a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier.

You'll be outfitted with specially designed equipment to deal with ice conditions and follow steps that are cut out as you explore the amazing formations and caves which can only be found in this most unique of New Zealand landscapes. These great trips can fill up quickly so be sure to book your Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight and Hiking combo package in advance!


What you need to know

  • 3 hour experience
  • Scenic helicopter flight to Franz Josef icefall
  • 2 hour hike amongst the glacier ice formations
  • Professional and experience guides with be with you the entire time
  • All equipment (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)
  • This is a 3 hour trip with 2 hours of that being hiking
  • June - July tours operate at 9am and 11.30am
  • August - May tours operate at 9am and 11am
  • You will depart from Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Glacier Base, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886.
What To Bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm upper body clothing
  • Camera
Additional Information
  • Minimum age is 10 years of age
  • A moderate level of fitness is required
  • Customers over 115kgs and/or pregnant will not be able to participate
  • Flights operate daily except Christmas Day 25 December. At the completion of purchase, you will need to contact the tour operator to confirm the flight time that suits you (Tour Operator details will be printed in your tour voucher)
  • All flights require a minimum number of 3 passengers for departures. Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum number on the basis that bookings will be coordinated to achieve minimum numbers
Terms And Conditions
  • Flights, landings or routes may vary due to weather and at the pilot's discretion
  • Flight times are approximate and include your landing
  • Minimum passenger numbers apply for flights. Bookings will be coordinated to achieve this where possible
  • Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum as we will coordinate to achieve the required minimum.
  • Clients are required to reconfirm their reservation the day prior to flying
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
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you.

Recent reviews

58 reviews

Absolutely phenomenal experience

Absolutely phenomenal experience, simply spectacular adventure! Awe-inspiring, epic fun, professional guides, a must do experience! Nature's wonder mixed with adrenaline-seeking, perfect half-day spent in the glacier! The hot springs after which is included are the perfect way to end the day!

Alan Binks over 4 years ago

We took the fox glacier helicopter tour

We took the fox glacier helicopter tour. It was an absolutely amazing experience. All members of the crew and friendly and super accommodating. I would recommend this tour every time. Our tour guide was very chilled and down to earth which made the experience so much more enjoyable.

Jessica Lynch over 4 years ago

Got great tickets for the heli hike at a discount price better than anyone else

Got great tickets for the heli hike at a discount price better than anyone else. Unfortunately, the heli hike was cancelled due to weather but ExperienceOz was quick to respond back to my query for a refund and is processing it with the organisers of Heli Hike.

Ninad Deshmukh over 4 years ago

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