Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: New Zealand, South Island, Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
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  • 4 hours
  • Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty on this small-group 4-hour Franz Josef Glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the Pinnacles area of the glacier with your guide. Navigate your way through the maze of ice on your moderately difficult hike. Learn of the dramatic environmental changes affecting the glacier and gain insight into the geological forces at play. Afterwards, take a soak in the hot pools to warm up and soothe your muscles (complimentary). Group size is limited to 11 to ensure a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Choose from four different morning departure times to suit your schedule, then head to the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef to meet your guide. Wrap up against the elements with the protective jacket, trousers, hats, gloves and leather boots provided, and don’t forget to grab your crampons! When you’re fully kitted out, head to your helicopter and start your journey with a short flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and surrounding area from your vantage point high in the sky, then land gently on the glacier and set off with your guide. An amazing sight to behold, there are forests of ice formations jutting out at different angles from the mighty glacier .

Follow your experienced guide through the maze of ice as you explore the magnificent natural landscape. Discover first-hand the dramatic environmental changes that are affecting the glacier and gain insight into the amazing geological forces at play.

At the conclusion of your glacier hike, return to Franz Josef by helicopter and relax with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools. Nestled in a lush rainforest on the edge of town, the hot pools are fed by pure glacier water. Sit back, relax and rejuvenate your muscles in the soothing water — the perfect way to end the day in style!

Inclusions
  • Round-trip helicopter flights to Franz Josef Glacier
  • 3-hours (approx.) guided glacier walk
  • Glacier Hot Pools
  • All hiking equipment (Gore-tex jackets, over trousers, woolen hats and gloves, leather boots, crampons)
  • Entry/Admission - Glacier Hot Pools

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Minimum weight is 35kg
  • It is advised that families travelling with younger children to book an afternoon tour when the track is more suitable
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Glacier walks are moderately difficult, clients need to be fit and able. Refunds will not be available for clients who cannot participate on the day due to inappropriate fitness levels, i.e. it is important you are selecting the right trip for your physical fitness ability. Guides reserve the right to curtail or cancel trips for clients whose fitness is not appropriate
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Two to four warm upper- body layers of clothing are recommended, quick-drying trousers or shorts (no jeans), a hat and gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera
  • Please bring a bathing suit for the Glacier Hot Pools
  • The Operator reserves the absolute right to cancel or vary any service for any reason including as a result of weather conditions, insufficient reservations or any unforeseen event or circumstance. These trips are weather dependent.
  • For Health and Safety reasons, we are unable to guide pregnant women. Please note: We have a weight limit of 115kg per person on the Heli Hike.
Departure Point

Franz Josef Glacier Guides Base


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.

Duration

4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Vishney A

Tip - Book the earliest morning tour! Bad weather will usually only show up later in the day causing the later hikes to be canceled while the morning tours are still completed. This was an amazing experience. Our guide, Geidre, was friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. You travel through ice caverns and all over the glacier's formations, so you can really appreciate the power of the nature around you. I felt safe at all times and constantly in awe! Definitely worth it!

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Katrin C

Walking on a glacier is a bucket list item. It was every bit as amazing as I hoped. Very well organised. The weather is unpredictable and the likelihood of not being able to fly is very high. I recommend booking the 1st trip of the day as the mornings seems to be more clear, and leave yourself 2-3 days to play with in case your hike should be postponed for a day or two, as this is worth abandoning your other travel plans. The normal hiking paths, to walk up to the glaciers through the forest, have mostly been destroyed. They are aiming to reconstruct them by Christmas. However 1 or 2 are still open, so still worth a try.

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helenmac123

it had been raining last week and i heard that previous sessions were cancelled due to bad weather. Lucky me, it was a sunny morning (though i have planned to stay for 2 nights, just in case)
The center provided us waterproof jacket and trousers, socks, shoes, crampons, beanie, gloves and a cross body bag - so you dont have to worry about the gears.
it started with a short helicopter ride to the glacier starting point.
We had a few short-legged participants and I noticed our awesome guide Kallie has taken good care of care of them. Safety is the first priority and it has been repeatedly reinforced throughout the journey that no photo taking is allowed whenever there is a handrail around. There are plenty of good and safe spots. The hike took around 3 hours. Appreciated our guide Kallie moderated the pace all along.
The view at the glacier is much better in winter (you can see the snowy mountains only in winter).

The hot pool was rejuvenating, especially after the hike. It is just next door- you can enter once anytime during your stay at Franz Josef.

Image - 30 Apr 2019 -

davisonv

Our first time was cancelled due to bad weather so we hung around another day and were lucky enough to do a morning hike with Lawrence and we were so glad that we got this opportunity. Our guide Lawrence was so knowledgable and made the whole hike interesting. All along keeping an eye on the weather for our safety, the rest of the tours for the day were cancelled due to the weather. All equipment is supplied and a great team to ensure everyone has fun whilst remaining safe

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Joseph G

What an amazing experience being able walk on the glacier and through some of the crevasses. Franz Josef Guides are truly helpful and the company supply all the gear you will need for an amazing experience on the ice. We were fortunate to have a perfect day.

User's Picture Gallery

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Franz Josef

Squeezed :D

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Treking on the glacier

Amazing view

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Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Ice magic!

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Going through!

Slippery slide, very fun!

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hi Glacier!

Hello ~~~ ice!

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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

The glacier is surrounded by green rainforests. What a sight!

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Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Wearing crampons to make climbing on the ice easier

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Franz Josef Glacier

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Franz Josef Glacier

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Brisbane's Newell family at Franz Josef Glacier January 6 2012

Martin and Natalie Newell with their sons Lachlan and Cameron explore one of the ice tunnels at Franz Josef Glacier as part of the full-day tour.

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Myself

I was a bit scared as it is the very first time I walk on a glacier, but at the same time I was amazed by so much natural beauty. My team and guide were fantastic and helped a lot, from photo taking to confident guidance.

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Guide leading the way

The guide would test the track before calling us to follow.

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Not sure why it's flipped on its side but the view is great anyway you look

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SP hanging out on a glacier

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SP climbing through a cave to get back on the trail

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The view is so spectacular

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Franz Josef Glacier :

Had wonderful memories at Glacier Walk :

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Wanderung durch die Gletscherspalte

Hier quetschen wir uns durch die Gletscherspalte am Franz-Josef-Gletscher.

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Franz Josef Glacier tour - September 2014

At the top of the world!

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amongst the ice

enough challenges to make it interesting

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