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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

From US$325.10
  • Fly over Franz Josef Glacier for a glacier hike
  • Touch down between two dramatic ice falls
  • Don provided mountaineering equipment for a guided hike
Heli Hiking Franz Josef
From US$325.10
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9:30am Tour
9:30am departure; summer season only (October - April)
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11am departure; winter season only (May - September)
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12pm departure; summer season only (October - April)
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Heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier on an adventurous mountaineering tour that explores the Southern Alps from the air and on the ice. Flying over Franz Josef Glacier is great for panoramic views of crevasses and ice falls, and the guided hike gets you to a fantastic vantage point high on the glacier to explore ice caves and glacial terrain up close, with all mountaineering equipment provided.
What to Expect
Make your way to the heli-hiking home base, where you’ll meet a guide and be fitted with all necessary equipment, including a waterproof jacket, glacier boots, and an ice axe.

Board a helicopter for the flight over Franz Josef Glacier, a massive 7.5-mile (12 kilometer) glacier. Soar over towering peaks, deep crevasses, and winding streams of glacial melt. The pilot will guide the helicopter onto the ice, touching down high on the glacier.

Climb in and around ice caves, capturing remarkable photographs of the frozen landscape, and learn the history of Franz Josef Glacier. Following the hike, board the helicopter for the spectacular return flight, retracing your path with sweeping views across the Southern Alps.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Cool Experience

In general we really enjoyed our time on this tour. The check in was easy and organized. They gave us all the equipment we needed and had plenty of it. The helipad is a short walk away and it was easy and quick. Got up...More

Thank Tursi65
Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful place but...

So just about everything positive you read here I found to be true: the flight, while short, was very nice; the crew that gets you ready and supervises the tour is professional and pleasant; the glacier is an amazing and beautiful place; walking in crampons...More

1  Thank Alex S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Franz Joseph Heli Hiking 3 hour trip

We were fortunate with the weather and able to do this trip on the day and at the time we booked on our second day in Franz Joseph. I considered a scenic flight but knew the boys would enjoy the experience of actually hiking on...More

Thank chrisjcherry
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi chrisjcherry Thank you for taking the time to leave us a valuable review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip on the Glacier and that your guide gave you a fantastic experience. The flight up to the Glacier is short as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I did this a few weeks ago and it was the most amazing experience. Our guide Megan was most entertaining, informative and just good fun. What a thrill to actually hike on a glacier - something we're not likely to ever do...More

Thank Rozzymelbourne
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Rozzymelbourne Thank you for your review. We are so thrilled the Heli hike was such a hit and that the weather enabled you to experience this amazing excursion. Any person aged 8 above can participate on this Hike providing there are no medical history...More

Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

The Heli Hike was absolutely amazing, our guide Gat was awesome and very accommodating for our 8yr child who participated on the hike. All the ground staff were amazing and incredibly helpful.

Thank CPronesti
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi CProsteni Thank you for your excellent review. We are thrilled you found our staff helpful and the Gat provided an amazing experience. Kind Regards, The West Coast Team

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23 April 2018|
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Response from Sazquotch | Reviewed this property |
It took about 5 hours for us to drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef. Christchurch is on the opposite coast of the South Island-so it would take a lot longer. Franz Josef is beautiful 👌🏻
7 April 2018|
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Response from Rozzymelbourne | Reviewed this property |
We booked directly with the company so not sure about Viator.
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