Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: New Zealand, West Coast, Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
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  • 3 hours
  • Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Combine a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a 2-hour guided walk on glacial terrain during this exhilarating tour from Franz Josef. Find out why New Zealand's South Island is famous for its gorgeous landscapes as you follow an experienced guide past ice caves, crevasses and pinnacles. Learn about glacier formation and movement, and enjoy supreme panoramic views. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.

Itinerary

A first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper, seeing only what experienced mountaineers can reach is a wilderness experience you’ll never forget.

From our Franz Josef Village base, you’ll fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland National Park. You’ll land on a section of this 12km long glacier where we’ve made a daily safety assessment of the conditions on this fast-moving ice flow. Equipped with glacier boots and crampons you’ll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles and see first-hand the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow. Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air.

We team up with Franz Josef Glacier Guides who have been taking visitors over this epic icefall terrain since 1990 and can trace their heritage back 100 years. They have an immaculate safety record, rigid assessments and using quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is taken care of.

Stop At:

• Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
• The Helicopter Line West Coast, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856 New Zealand
• Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island

Inclusions
  • Helicopter ride
  • Professional guide
  • 2-hour hike on the glacier
  • Use of gear (glacier boots, talons, socks, ice axe, waterproof jacket)

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • It is recommended that you wear sturdy footwear and bring warm layers due to cold temperatures
  • Moderate level of fitness is required
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please note: A guided walk among ice caves is usually part of the tour but all tour activities are dependent on the weather
  • Maximum weight limit of 120kg per person including gear / Minimum child weight 30kg (subject to ice conditions)
  • What to bring
  • Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef 7856, New Zealand


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

06 Mar, 2020

Absolutely amazing!!! Great all the way around! Our guide was friendly, informative and engaging. Worth every penny!

24 Feb, 2020

Amazing tour to see the Franz Josef glacier! The tour company was very professional and knowledgable about the glacier and the region. The short helicopter ride was fun, with an overhead view of the town and the glacier. Our tour guide skillfully navigated us on the glacier and was very knowledgable. It was a once in a lifetime experience that we're SO glad we did!

Joshua A

03 Jul, 2019

Everything about the Heli-hike was wonderful! The staff at home base were friendly and helpful; the helicopter ride to the glacier was breathtaking; the guide on the glacier was charming and very outgoing; and the hike itself was the perfect blend of intense and easy. A once-in-a-lifetime expérience I’ll never forget!

lee f

17 Apr, 2018

BRILLIANT , MUST DO TOUR .

Alana H

02 Apr, 2018

AMAZING!!! Highlight of my trip

User's Picture Gallery

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Amazing experience on Franz Josef Glacier Heli hike!

First helicopter ride, was amazing!

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Ice tube

This is the ice tube we walked through.

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Off we go!

Our party being led up the glacier by our wonderful guide, San.

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Glacier snout and meltwater channel

Arriving over the snout of the glacier - ever the geography teacher!

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Exploring an Ice Cave

The Glacier is a constantly changing environment, so every tour is different. If you are fortunate, you will see unique and beautiful formations in the ice. My group was lucky enought that we found this cave and it was deemed safe to go in and have a look. I hope you enjoy your hike as much as I did.

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Franz Josef Glacier

Tour guide - AJ at the entrance to the ice cave

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Ice Cave - Franz Josef Glazier

Going down the ice cave - Jeanette McCluskey

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Franz Josef Glacier

Looking skyward.

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Franz Josef Glacier

Jeanette McCluskey

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Ice Cave - Franz Josef Glazier

Entrance to the ice cave - Jeanette McCluskey

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Ice Cave - Franz Josef Glacier

Entering the ice cave - Jeanette McCluskey

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The view from the glacier top!

360 degrees of absolute beauty!

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Wow!

We took many pix and this just one of the reasons why.

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The Hike up.

Our group proceeding up a slope yet to another blue ice cave.,

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Inside the Ice Caves.

Taking decades to form before the blue tinge appears. It is a wonderful sight of exceptional beauty.

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Another ice cave.

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Beautiful ice formations.

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An incredible ice cave that we went through.

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Beautiful ice formations.

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View of the glacier from the helicopter.

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Franz Josef

Glacier

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Franz Josef

Our guide Dan

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Glacier from the helicopter

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Blue sky

Awesome

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