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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 
Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
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11:10AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
8:30AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 8:30am, returning at 12:30pm
9:30AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9:30am, returning at 1:30pm
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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 yesterday via mobile
Best experience ever

Myself and my partner came in July for the heli hike and honestly was one of the best things I've done in new Zealand. The guide (Eric) was a really nice and knowledgeable guy and answered all questions and was generally really funny and friendly....More

Thank Nick G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Amazing sights

Best family experience ever. We got lucky and were able to fly out. Our guides were amazing and made it even better.More

Thank Anand G
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Anand, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your feedback. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with the Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Safe travels and we look forward to welcoming you back the next...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
If you make it to Franz Josef do this tour

We really had a great day. It commences at check in where you are provided all your gear - Jackets, Pants, Beanies, Gloves, Boots and Socks. After check in and after you put your gear on you walk a short distance to the Heli Pad...More

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

Kia ora Robert, 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 this has been one of your best experiences in your trip so...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
What a highlight of our trip to NZ

Once in a lifetime activity, truly worth the money. We visited in June, so bare in mind winter conditions. We planed to book heli hike depending on the weather. Once we approached the area we looked at the weather forecast and it said it should...More

Thank diana s
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora diana, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you had such a lovely experience exploring Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere. You are right when it comes to allowing a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Company cancelled heli hike and not a refund in sight

We had a booked heli hike scheduled for Sunday 16 June. The heli hike was cancelled on the morning due to incoming weather which was fine and totally understood the reasons. A refund was apparently processed and to this day some 17 days later a...More

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21 April 2018|
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The trip is possible but you will probably not enjoy the full experience due to the sheer length of time on the road coupled with the vagaries of a weather dependant outdoor activity...
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