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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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  • Spectacular views and photo ops of Franz Josef Glacier from the helicopter
  • Includes warm clothes, safety gear, and Glacier Hot Pools admission
  • Group size limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service 
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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
From US$313.86
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11:10AM DepartureMost Popular
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
US$313.86
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9:30am, returning at 1:30pm
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 8:30am, returning at 12:30pm
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Overview
Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. And with three hours of hiking time, you’ll see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes, then finishing the day with a soak in a hot pool.
What to Expect

Make your way to a helicopter base camp in Franz Josef to meet your guide and suit up in warm clothing—you can supplement your own gear with jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and leather boots. 

Board the helicopter for the scenic flight to Franz Josef Glacier, with sweeping views over the ice field, then land on the glacier itself for the guided glacier hike. 

Following your guide through the icy landscape of caves and pinnacles, you’ll see a forest of ice formations and learn about the environmental changes that are transforming the face of Franz Josef Glacier. When the 3-hour hike concludes, fly back over the glacier on your return to Franz Josef, where you can soak sore hiking muscles at the Glacier Hot Pools, steaming pools fed by pure glacier water.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
One of the coolest travel experiences I’ve done

This is a very well done tour. The base is very nice and have all of the processes in place to make it very streamlined. Gear is provided, very easy - stress free way of doing an outdoor activity. Our guide Gatlin was great. Very...More

Thank halo36
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora halo36, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is always fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us in Franz Josef Glacier Guides. I will be passing this feedback onto Gaitlin. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Book it Quick!

We had an amazing experience on our Heli hike with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. There was low cloud in the morning so the morning tours were cancelled but lucky for us we got to go ahead and it was amazing. From start to finish everyone...More

1  Thank Robbiefromireland
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Robbiefromireland, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature. We love hearing that you had such an amazing time exploring the glacier. Also so exciting...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
One of the best experiences in my life!

I always wanted to walk on a glacier and I became possible in Franz Josef! This is just one of the best experiences I had in my life! It was my first time ever in a helicopter as well which was just incredible! The 3...More

Thank Drey T
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Drey, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature. Fantastic to hear that the Heli Hike has been one of the best experiences you have...More

Reviewed 16 August 2018
heli hike - epic trip

Had such a great day doing the heli hike! It was my first time ever in a helicopter which for one is really cool but also being able to hike around the glacier and crawl through ice caves and see all the different shades of...More

Thank U4444LAtom
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Kia ora U4444LAtom, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you had such an amazing experience exploring the Franz Josef Glacier, from the ground and the air. We will make sure...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018
SPECTACULAR!

I had the opportunity to do this experience with my brother and it is a unique experience. All the staff were so professional and I want to say special thanks to Scott, our tour guide and Joyce, from customer service, they both went above and...More

Thank FernandoO2542
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Kia ora Fernando, Thank you for your feedback on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your comments. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience exploring the Franz Josef Glacier. I will make sure to pass on your thanks to Scott and Joy! Safe travels...More

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Susan R
15 September 2018|
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Response from Tarak P | Reviewed this property |
It isn’t terribly strenuous. However, you should be able to walk about 1-2 miles comfortably. There is some climbing involved, but nothing too steep. A reasonably active person should fare well. It’s a great experience.
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Cynthiang77
12 September 2018|
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Response from Tarak P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, 137cm, not inches. Silly American!
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Ngo D
8 September 2018|
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Response from Drey T | Reviewed this property |
About 6 minutes each way but the views are awesome!
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