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Glacier Heli-Hike provided by True South Flights

Glacier Heli-Hike
5
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from $1,250.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier is certainly spectacular, but the highlight of this trip is the glacier Heli Hike. The experienced guides will take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. The helicopter passes over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land on the upper Franz Josef icefall or on the Tasman glacier itself. From there you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the ice, exploring caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonder of the glacier in the South Island of New Zealand.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 171544P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Hiking boots and crampons are provided • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier • Entry/Admission - Tasman Glacier
Duration
6h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We can pick-up from any Queenstown accommodation, Frankton, or the Hilton. Please let us know if you prefer the Franz Josef Glacier, the Tasman Glacier, or whichever is likely to have the best weather conditions on the day.
True South Flights, Remarkables Park Town Centre, 1B/8 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Our office is upstairs above the Pita Pit restaurant in the Remarkables Park Shopping Centre
Airports:
Frankton Airport, Queenstown New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Hiking boots and crampons are provided • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier • Entry/Admission - Tasman Glacier
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We can pick-up from any Queenstown accommodation, Frankton, or the Hilton. Please let us know if you prefer the Franz Josef Glacier, the Tasman Glacier, or whichever is likely to have the best weather conditions on the day.
True South Flights, Remarkables Park Town Centre, 1B/8 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Our office is upstairs above the Pita Pit restaurant in the Remarkables Park Shopping Centre
Airports:
Frankton Airport, Queenstown New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    True South Flights
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Franz Josef Glacier
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Tasman Glacier
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    True South Flights
    Remarkables Park Town Centre, 1B/8 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Our office is upstairs above the Pita Pit restaurant in the Remarkables Park Shopping Centre
    See address & details
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Tim
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Friendly and Accommodating Scenic/Glacial experience
Dec 2020 • Couples
Had an amazing day out with Elliot as our pilot from Queenstown to the Glacier and back. Very accommodating and knowledgeable. Although walking on the glacier was awesome the highlight for me was the scenic flights with Elliot.
Written 9 December 2020
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P M
Noosa, Australia10 contributions
amazing flight and glacier experience
Jul 2020 • Couples
An amazing glacier experience with a fantastic flight from Queenstown to Mt Cook. Excellent tour operator, very professional and after 30 years of extensive travel these are at the top. Jason was a fantastic pilot who goes out if his way to make your trip so memorable.
Written 24 July 2020
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Thanks for your review Peter. I'm glad I have made your trip to Queenstown memorable. Hope to see you again in Queenstown. Regards, Jason
Written 30 July 2020
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AR1
1 contribution
Awesome experience
Mar 2020 • Couples
Flight and heli hike was a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience made all the better by our pilot Jason! A true gentleman.
Written 13 March 2020
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sfajardo10
2 contributions
Amazing Trip!
Feb 2020 • Friends
We had the opportunity to fly with True South and has an amazing time. Jason was our pilot and even though the weather was questionable in the morning, he made sure to advocate for a personal flight later on the in the morning to catch a heli-hike. He was very knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. The hike itself was beautiful and is definitely worth it. If I had to decide to do this same option, I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes!
Written 25 February 2020
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Thanks for your review! There was low cloud in the morning but glad it cleared up when we departed. It is amazing part of country to take a scenic flight with so much to see. I'm glad you enjoyed your hike up the Tasman Glacier. Regards, Jason
Written 26 February 2020
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Expedition537444
4 contributions
Glacier Heli-Hike
Feb 2020 • Family
Just awesome! Incredible service all the way from the hotel pick up to drop off. Jason was an excellent pilot and great guide on the flight up and the helicopter operation up at the glacier was superb too. Very smooth logistics and a fun and skilled guide out on the ice.
We can’t decide which was the highlight of the day: exploring the ice caves and crevasses surrounded by incredible mountain peaks or the scenery from the plane on the flight up. Our best day in NZ so far ( and that’s a high bar). Try not to miss this this one.
Written 24 February 2020
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Thanks for your review! How lucky we are able to show you one of the biggest ice caves in recent years up the Tasman Glacier. The weather was perfect for a scenic flight up Mt Cook. Hope to see you next time. Regards, Jason
Written 26 February 2020
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AusGrod
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Flight and helicopter onto Tasman glacier from Queenstown
Spectacular! Pricey but a memorable experience. Felt very safe in the hands of our pilot Jason. Treat yourselves and book it in!
Written 3 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Thom S
2 contributions
Incredible Experience!
Nov 2019
After weather delays, we settled to heli-hike on the Tasman Glacier in lieu of Franz Josef which has worse weather. Everyone at True South was great and accommodating and they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Queenstown.

Andrew was our pilot (for this and another trip) and he was amazing and informative. The heli-ride up the glacier and the glacier walk itself were highlights of our trip! We had a female guide on the glacier who was incredible and patient.

The Tasman glacier is flat and easy to traverse with the crampons they loan you, but there are no hiking poles provided. This was troublesome for an older woman that fell once (she was fine), but she and her husband slowed our group considerably and limited the amount of glacier we could explore. If you are elderly or unsteady on your feet, a glacier hike may not be a great idea.

True South was terrific and this tour breathtaking. Highly recommended!
Written 11 December 2019
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Hi Noah and Sasha, I am super happy that we got you to Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier. Thankyou for your review. We will pass on information to the guides about the poles and maybe suggest that they group similar ability groups for the future. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around NZ. Thanks, Andrew
Written 12 December 2019
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Colleen O
Metro Manila, Philippines10 contributions
Worth It
Fantastic service from True South. They picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Queenstown Airport where we met our pilot, Matt. We then flew to Mt Cook Airport where we met our hiking guide and boarded a helicopter that took us up to Tasman Glacier. Definitely an experience to remember. True South made sure that everything went smoothly. Shoutout to Matt for the great commentary while flying.
Written 3 September 2019
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Payal Nand
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
Picturesque !
Such a lovely day out on the glaciers. Michael our pilot was exceptional ! Had great knowledge of the area and even went out of his way so we could have better views. Highly recommend these guys !!!
Written 27 July 2019
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Lokiloo
Oxford, UK24 contributions
Perfect!
Apr 2019 • Couples
We took the heli-hike on the Tasman Glacier. The staff were all terrific, and the experience was amazing. I think if you've already walked a bit on a glacier it would not be so amazing, but we had not, and we loved every minute of it - the flight, the helicopter, the glacier walk and ... the ice cave!.
Written 11 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amazing- worth every penny
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One of the world's most scenic wonders with absolute professionals
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Spectacular scenery and service!
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Amazing views, don't miss this!
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Incredible Day.
Incredible experience. Amazing day. Jason was an incredible pilot with great information and fantastic flying. Was
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Fantastic time flying over the Alps
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Awesome Experience
Breathtaking Glacier Flight - picture postcard scenery. We were simply surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes, and
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Simply stunning trip to Milford Sound!
We had a lovely half day trip to Milford. The staff were so friendly and very well organised. Our pilot Jason was a
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Milford fly-cruise-fly
We did the Milford Sound fly-cruise-fly and had a great experience. Jason our pilot, was very professional, informa
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Awesome flight
True flights were excellent. We had an awesome flight over To Milford Sounds with awesome sights of the glaciers.
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Amazing experience
Amazing experience flying over the misty mountains. Elliot is a great pilot and took great care of us.
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Amazing Experience
The staff at true south made this experience amazing. The pick up flight cruise and drop off was all smooth and no
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