We took a heli-hike on Fox Glacier a couple of weeks ago. Our guide was Phil, such a friendly, lovely and professional young guide! We are tight on money so considered the heli hike for a long time, but I can assure you that it was worth saving every penny for this experience. It was our first take taking the helicopter in such an incredible scenery, flying above the township, pastures and straight into the glacier, seing the previous group all tiny on the ice, landing, then walking for a good 4 hours on the ice, then taking the heli again! Phil made us walk inside wonderful blue ice formations, walk through arches, go higher on the ice, drink pure water... This is really the only way to experience the glaciers, as walking to the terminal face only can be "meh" or "not enough" for some. There is no way you can't love the heli tour. I'm still moved whenever I think about it ^^ About which glacier to choose, we chose Fox because it's less touristy, less crowded, and the township felt less like a tourist-trap that Franz Joseph. But I guess both are awesome once on the ice. Thank you so much to our guide!
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