Franz Josef Heli-Hike

Enjoy a Helicopter ride to the Franz Josef Glacier before a three hour guided hike on the ice!

Franz Josef, New Zealand
4 hrs
Start time
Minimum age
8 yrs
Fitness level
Not included
NZD $449
ValueNZD $459SAVE NZD $10
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What's Included

  • Complimentary access to Public Hot Pools!
  • Spectacular Heli Flight
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Exclusive access to glacier
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups

What's excluded

  • 2-4 warm upper body layers ideally woollen or polypro (not cotton) - Quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans)
  • Food and drink for the day
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera

Why do we love this

"We love it because combining a scenic Helicopter flight with glacier exploration, it is a must do experience in New Zealand!"


After a thrilling helicopter ride, you will land on the glacier ready to undertake your 3 hour guided glacier hike. Franz Josef Glacier is considered the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers. There are very few glaciers left in the world which are accessible to the public. Your guide will carefully choose a route through some of the most pristine ice formations in the world, tailoring the tour to your pace. You'll learn all about the geographical signifcance of glaciers and how they came to be, plus the serious impact the modern day enviroment is having on them - hurry you need to be quick before the glacier melts! This is a bucket list New Zealand experience. 

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You are welcome to wear your own good quality ankle supporting hiking boots with our crampons, or you can choose to wear the boots that we provide. Our boots are comfortable and warm and ensure you don't damage your own boots when strapping on your crampons. If you choose to wear your own boots, bring them in for a fitting the evening prior to your tour departure to see if they are suitable.

Check in time for Heli Hike, Heli Ice Climbs and Glacier Valley Walk is 15 minutes prior to the trip time stated on your booking confirmation. 

This allows us plenty of time to prepare you for your trip, fill in medical information, give a weather update, and get you kitted up with all the necessary equipment.

Come in and see our friendly team 15 minutes prior to your trip time.

You will not need to bring a backpack as the maximum time spent on the ice is 4 hours.  We will provide you with a small bum bag so that you can carry a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and a snack.  There is limited space in the helicopter so please limit what you bring.  Please do not bring iPods, wallets, phones or keys.

Blue ice is a major highlight of a glacier tour. You have a good chance of seeing blue ice on our Heli Hike tour as the helicopter will land high up on the glacier allowing you to explore some of the best bits the Glacier has to offer. 

The temperature on the ice is typically only about 1-2 degrees cooler than in town but due to the nature of the environment the temperature can be very changeable and we recommend wearing 2-4 warm layers of upper body clothing depending on the conditions on the day.


It is the high annual rainfall in the Glacier region (6-8 metres per year) that allows the glaciers to grow and without the rain, these magnificent glaciers would not be here. We do provide you with the best in rain protection including Goretex Rain Jackets and waterproof over trousers.

Sometimes the weather means that helicopters can't fly; heavy rain, high wind, low cloud.  If your tour is cancelled due to these reasons, Franz Josef Glacier Guides will automatically transfer you onto our Glacier Valley Walk the same day.  There is no obligation to participate and you can cancel at any time.  We just want to make sure you don't miss out on a great glacier experience. 

Yes! This trip is restricted to 115kg

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Terms & Conditions:

  1. Due to the risks involved, we do not take anyone that is pregnant. 

  2. Guides reserve the right to curtail or cancel trips for customers whose fitness or ability is not appropriate to the trip on which they are booked. If you are unable to complete the glacier trip you have booked, you will not be entitled to a refund. 

  3. As we operate in a mountain environment certain events may result in customers having to stay on the glacier overnight. 

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations or rescheduling more than 24 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations less than 24 hours before departure: 100% of the cost
  • Rescheduling within 24 hours of departure: is at the absolute discretion of the supplier, and may incur a fee up to a maximum of 100% of the cost.



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Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Glacier Base 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier


NZD $449
ValueNZD $459SAVE NZD $10
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