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Franz Josef Heli Hike

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight up to the stunning Franz Josef glacier and explore the glacial terrain on a professionally guided hike!

Franz Josef, New Zealand
DurationDurationApprox. 4 Hoursi
Start & End TimeStart & End TimeVariousi
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffNot Included
Minimum AgeMinimum Age10+
Fitness LevelFitness LevelIntermediate
Best SellerBest Seller2022 TOP TOUR

What's Included

  • Get up to $50 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Scenic flight to Franz Josef Glacier

  • Glacier landing and 2 hour, guided glacier hike

  • Experienced guide joining you throughout the tour

  • All landing and concession fees for conservation areas and special locations

  • All equipment (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)

 

Please note bookings are on request - should a reservation not be available, our agents will be in contact to reschedule or refund. 

Why Do We Love This

OUR TEAM OF TRAVEL EXPERTS RATED THIS AS A 2022 TOP TOUR BECAUSE...

 

"The Operator has a unique knowledge and understanding of the local environment and is passionate about giving passengers the best experience possible."

"On this tour, not only do you get to experience incredible views from the air, but you also get to spend 2 hours on a guided hike of the glacier, where you get the chance to physically interact with the ice formations and pinnacles."

"This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime tour."

What to Expect

Are you ready for an unforgettable experience unlike anything you've done before?

 

This tour provides a first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper.

 

Take a scenic flight over stunning Franz Josef Glacier before making a landing on the ice! Then, explore glacial terrain on a 2 hour professionally guided hike and be wowed by ice formations and pinnacles. This is undeniably the best way to soak in all the epic views the area has to offer.



Where we visit

 

Departing from the Franz Josef Village base, start your day with a helicopter ride up to the glacier. You'll see all the peaks and cliffs only experienced mountaineers can reach, all from a birds eye view! Trust us, this is a wilderness experience you’ll never forget.  

Zoom over the stunning landscape before landing on a section of this 12km long glacier. Your guides will have made a daily safety assessment of the conditions on this fast-moving ice flow, so you'll be exploring the safest area possible.

Equipped with glacier boots and crampons you’ll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles. You'll get to see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow and you'll even be able to touch the ice!

 

If this sounds like your kind of adventure, enquire with our team today to secure your spot!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Flights are not confirmed until the Glacier Helicopter Base has confirmed they have availability and weather conditions are suitable.

 

Departure info

Please check-in 15 minutes before your flight time. Tour departs from Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Glacier Base, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau.

Tours departing October to April: 9:30am, 12pm and 2:30pm

Tours departing May to September: 11am and 1.30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers).

  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable. Please no jeans.

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.

  • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one).

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The Franz Josef Glacier extends from 250m above sea level to 3000m above sea level - but the hike will take place at only 700m above sea level so there is no need to take altitude sickness pills.

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Children wishing to join this tour need to be at least 10 years old, weigh at least 35kg and be at least 137cm tall. This is due to safety ratings with harnesses. (Weight limit is 115kg).

For those travelling with a child during late May - early September, they unfortunately are not able to participate in the first morning departures as the ice conditions carry a higher level of risk during the season.

To give them the best chance of participation, The Operator recommends all parties travelling with children book trips from 11am onwards.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:
  • Flights, landings and routes may vary due to weather and at the pilot’s discretion. Flight times are approximate and include your landing.

  • Children need to be at least 10 years old, weigh at least 35kg and be at least 137cm tall. This is due to safety ratings with harnesses. (Weight limit is 115kg).

  • For those travelling with a child during late May - early September, they unfortunately are not able to participate in the first morning departures as the ice conditions carry a higher level of risk during the season.

  • Clients who are over 115kg and/or pregnant will not be able to participate.

  • iPads or selfie sticks are not allowed on board for safety.

  • All decisions regarding guests participation in the Franz Josef Heli Hike are at Senior Guides discretion.

  • All bookings are on request

Cancellation Policy:
  • Should you fail to check-in on time, or notify The Operator of changes less than 24-hours prior to departure, your credit card will be debited with the total amount of the booked activity.

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