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Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike provided by Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike
4.5
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from $507.70 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
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 ample hiking time, 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 15m
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: 3h 15m
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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 
Four departures available for your convenience
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, see a forest of ice formations and learn about the environmental changes that are transforming the face of Franz Josef Glacier. When the 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2524HDICE
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Round-trip helicopter flights to Franz Josef Glacier • 2-hours 15 minutes (approx.) guided glacier walk • Glacier Hot Pools • All hiking equipment (Gore-tex jackets, over trousers, woolen hats and gloves, leather boots, crampons)
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities
Duration
3h 15m
Departure details
Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast Region, South Island
Inclusions
Round-trip helicopter flights to Franz Josef Glacier • 2-hours 15 minutes (approx.) guided glacier walk • Glacier Hot Pools • All hiking equipment (Gore-tex jackets, over trousers, woolen hats and gloves, leather boots, crampons)
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities
Departure details
Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast Region, South Island
Duration
3h 15m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Travellers 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.
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Franz Josef
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Franz Josef Glacier Guides
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 2
    Glacier Hot Pools
    Stop: 2 hours
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    Pass by
    Franz Josef Glacier
  • You'll end at
    Franz Josef
    See Important Information for details
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Jon R
Canberra, Australia7 contributions
Extraordinary experience on Franz Josef Glacier
Jun 2021
My partner and I had an amazing experience on our Franz Josef Heli Hike with Andrew, Craig and the team at Franz Josef Glacier Guides and The Helicopter Line. We went in early June and were fortunate to have perfect weather with a small group of just 6 plus the guides. We were well briefed throughout the process and felt super safe at all times, from the helicopter to putting on safety equipment to climbing on the glacier itself. We spent around 2 hours on the glacier which was extraordinary, climbing through narrow crevasses and seeing incredible vistas of snow-capped mountains juxtapositioned against the rocky glacier. Andrew and Craig work hard to ensure a comfortable and ultra-safe experience in this extraordinary location, and the guides were super friendly and open in sharing every bit of information you could want about the glaciers and the region, as well as the impact of climate change. At $485 per person, this isn't a cheap experience, but it was worth every dollar! A true bucket list experience that won't be there forever, so don't miss out!
Written 15 June 2021
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Arohanuitraveller
3 contributions
Fantastic experience
Jun 2021 • Solo
Amazing experience with really friendly and helpful guides. Able to help people of different abilities get the most out of their hike while still being low key about it and making them feel really comfortable. It felt like safety was a priority and my guide did an excellent job of allowing relaxed fun while still guiding responsibly. I can’t recommend enough. For the glacier itself, has to be seen to be believed, there’s no way you will regret visiting. Thanks so much for everything.
Written 11 June 2021
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Kia ora Arohanuitraveller, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your feed back and are overwhelmed by your kind words. We are glad you felt that safety was a first priority closely followed by having fun on the ice! Thanks for coming to the coast, happy travelling and see you next time! Nga mihi, Romina
Written 13 June 2021
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Vanessa W
3 contributions
Holiday
Thank you for an amazing experience and the friendliest service given by everyone from the minute we booked at Fox Glacier last night to generously allowing us to share your table for lunch and then for Godanna (I do hope I spelt it correctly!?) to contact one of the other customers to locate a pic they took of us!!

We couldn’t have asked for a better experience, please pass our gratitude to be everyone!!
Written 2 June 2021
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Kia ora Vanessa, thank you for your review! We are super happy to hear you had a great experience with us here in Franz Josef. We will be sure to pass on your gratitude onto the team. Nga mihi, Romina
Written 13 June 2021
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feist88
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions
great guides and well organized
Apr 2021
it was truly a trip of a lifetime ... we actually walked on a glacier ... the guides were very professional . Romina was very caring and ensured that we were safe and very knowledgeable . she was passionate about her job and it showed in her work . she took the time to show us and explain how glaciers are formed . how to walk on the ice, and took the best pictures . we had a ball and wanted to stay longer .... but like they say ... What goes up must come down we will be back one day after we have saved enough money again
Written 26 April 2021
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Kia ora feist88, Thank you for your message. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us on the ice and that you felt safe and learnt lots. We really appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon! Nga mihi, Romina
Written 28 May 2021
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Rachel P
5 contributions
Spectacular, amazing experience - a must do in NZ
Apr 2021 • Family
This is an absolutely incredible experience - a must-do. You land by chopper right in the middle of this glacier and then hike with crampons and the use of carabiners up through the heart of the spectacular ice formations, supported at all times by knowledgeable expert guides who were amazing with the kids. The best views you could imagine. We took our three children (ages 8, 10 and 14) and the whole family loved it. Can’t recommend highly enough. Thanks Jon and Eric for this experience.
Written 20 April 2021
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Kia ora rachelpM8352YY, Thank you for your message. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your day with us doing the Heli hike with your family and that the weather was beautiful for you. We really appreciate the feedback and we will be sure to forward on your lovely comments onto your guides. Nga mihi, Romina
Written 22 April 2021
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knitina
Wanaka, New Zealand43 contributions
Trip of a lifetime
Wow what a wonderful trip. Everything was perfect from the weather to the amazing guides. Andy our guide was very informative and helpful. He made sure we were all well equipped and constantly checked on our well being and safety. The trip was relaxed and well thought out. We had plenty of opportunities to take photos and felt relaxed and well taken cared of. I thought we had the best trip, soaking in the atmosphere. It is a unique experience that is well worth it, so if you are thinking of doing it... do it , you will be so amazed.thanks to all the team , I will not forget this :)
Written 18 April 2021
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Kia ora knitina, Thank you for your response. We are super happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us doing the Heli hike and that you felt relaxed and taken care of. We would love to see your photos at some point, I hope your memories are cherished forever! We really appreciate the feedback and we will be sure to forward on your kind words onto Andy. Nga mihi, Romina
Written 22 April 2021
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mrshowty
Coffs Harbour, Australia32 contributions
The best things in life aren't things...
Apr 2021
What an incredible experience we had on a perfect Franz Joseph day - blue sky and very warm (not always the case!). Our guide Jon was outstanding showing us over the incredible glacier. We saw caves, viewed crevasses and ice pinnacles, all whilst Jon was cutting in steps into the ice for us. It was amazing to learn just how far the glacier has retreated over the years - a sad reality of nature. This was a highlight activity over our long Easter weekend and it was so great to see Franz Joseph so busy. This is a MUST DO activity while you are in town.
Written 6 April 2021
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Inspire57793412735
Kia ora, Thank you for your review. We are so glad that the weather gods were good to you while you were here in Franz Josef and we managed to get you up on to the ice for your trip. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Franz and be sure to tell all your friends and family to come see our amazing backyard... Nga mihi Rebecca
Written 7 April 2021
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Sandhya F
Hamilton, New Zealand6 contributions
Money totally well spent
Dec 2020
This was my favorite thing to do in the South Island! We had perfect weather (Franz Joseph was warmer compared to Queenstown). The staff was wonderful. The people at the front desk were amazing! I am writing this review after a month of the experience and can't seem to remember the guy's name at the front desk! He was just amazing and so funny! Our guide, Jake that took us through the hike was super as well. He was well informed, was clearly passionate about what he did an excellent job of answering questions.
Written 25 January 2021
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Inspire57793412735
Kia ora, Thank you for your message. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day with us doing the Heli hike and that the weather played the game for you and you were able to get up onto the ice. We really appreciate the feedback and I shall forward on your lovely comments onto the staff in question. Nga mihi Rebecca
Written 26 January 2021
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Jason C
Hamilton, New Zealand5 contributions
Amazing Experience!
The Only Way To See Franz Josef Glacier!

This was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to see a glacier up close and personal. We were fortunate to have almost 3 hrs on the ice, with Michael our guide who was great and provided a wealth of information about the glacier and area.
Written 16 August 2020
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Kia Ora JCarvalho97, Thank you for your review. We are really pleased to hear you had an amazing experience on the Glacier Heli Hike, Great we could give you extra time up there, the benefits of these quiet times! We will pass on your lovely words to Michael your guide! Safe Travels. Ngā Mihi, Jon
Written 27 August 2020
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bgolob
London28 contributions
Safe, knowledgeable guides
Oct 2019
We did the glacier heli-hike as well as the private and public hot tubs and massage and these guys were great at all of those experiences.

Definitely would recommend the private pools, but we had a really nice time in the public ones as well.

The heli-hike was really great. We had to reschedule because of weather and they were very amenable to changing our booking. We got lucky and got to fly. The guides were clearly knowledgeable and discussed interesting facts about the glacier and local area. My only small gripe is that we wished they provided MORE info while we were actually hiking the glacier. Usually, commentary was provided when we stopped, and it was great, but it would've been good to know what kinds of things we were seeing while we were seeing them. But that's a small thing. Everything else was excellent and we felt very safe the entire time.
Written 25 June 2020
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Kia Ora Brittany, Thankyou for your review. We are so pleased you had such a great trip and felt safe throughout. Our guides are passionate about the glacier and surrounding environment and would be very happy to answer any questions you may have on the trip, so don't feel afraid to speak out next time! Safe travels! Ngā Mihi, Romina
Written 19 November 2020
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By: Franz Josef Glacier Guides
cunnington97
cunnington97
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Family fun
This was a fantastic experience for our family of 5. Our guide, Jack, was very knowledgeable and engaging. We had a
NirvanaBee
NirvanaBee
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Xmas/New Year road trip
The staff and guides at the Heli Line helicopter were particularly helpful and friendly. Everything was explained i
shandapanda1993
shandapanda1993
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Awesome fun!
Went on the 2 hour glacier hike and it was absolutely breathtaking and amazing. Well worth the four day wait for th
annedunne24
annedunne24
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Truly amazing experience
The helihike was simply amazing. The Franz Joseph Guide Comnpnay were so professional, safety conscience and cover
Lesleysayers
Lesleysayers
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Best trip ever
Not to be missed. Very friendly and informative guide. Felt totally confident about level of safety on the heli hik
sally b
sally b
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Great experience
In 7 weeks away from home, this was the highlight. So lucky to get a weather window - trip was interesting as well
PaulandChris86
PaulandChris86
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Professional and excellent experience
Could not fault the whole experience and would definitely recommend. Parking was no problem, booked in and introduc
Curious29772702048
Curious29772702048
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Once in a lifetime photo opportunity, with problems
The glacier tour was awesome. Our guide was awesome. BUT, I had a miserabe experience with my camera gear. I nor
hugh m
hugh m
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Good but
As a scene setter I need to say this is our only helihike so we only went by tge videos etc. Tge preview days had r
MinnesotaLaurie
MinnesotaLaurie
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Fantastic Experience
The entire experience was great from the check in, prep with the guide, helicopter transfer, hike in glacier, guide
janetM2950YH
janetM2950YH
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A trip to be repeated
My husband and I joined nine other people of varying ages and nationalities on the helihike. Our guide was excellen
352janetg
352janetg
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One of my favourite activities on the South Island.
Worth every penny even though I had been in helicopters before and on glaciers. This was a great experience. Our gu
davidmU3325MM
davidmU3325MM
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Best experience of my trip
I was impressed by the professionalism of all the staff, from the retail counter to the Glacier guide. Everyone wor
Tonyia C
Tonyia C
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Once in a lifetime experience!
This is a very unique experience. It was my first time on a glacier and walking through crevices. Our guide was ver
MelanieD745
MelanieD745
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Fabulous experience!
Definitely recommend this tour to anyone. The helicopter ride up to the glacier was great and landing on the glacie
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