Franz Josef Heli Ice Climb

Catch a helicopter to Franz Josef Glacier before receiving an expert ice climbing tuition!

map Franz Josef, New Zealand
Up to 5 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Various Start Times
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
16 yrs+
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Not included
NZD $599
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What's Included

  • Complimentary access to Public Hot Pools
  • Short scenic helicopter transfer 
  • Expert tuition from an experienced guide
  • Equipment
  • Up to four hours ice time including hiking, climbing and tuition

Why do we love this

"We love it because this is closest you can get to Franz Josef Glacier, and you don't need to be an experienced climber to take part!"


Glacier climbing in New Zealand is considered by many to be among the best in the world, so what are you waiting for?! Join Franz Josef Glacier Guides on a day packed with excitement and adventure and see what all the fuss is about. You'll get super close to Franz Josef Glacier and be able to take in this stunning area in the best way possible!

Your day begins with a full briefing at the Franz Josef Glacier Guides base. Your guide will get you kitted up and ready for your scenic helicopter transfer up onto the glacier. This is a great chance to take in panoramas majesty of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Wow!

Then, once on the ice, you'll embark on a short hike to the best available climbing spot. Here, your ice climb begins!

With a small ratio of one highly experienced guide to four guests, you can be sure that you'll receive expert tuition and maximum support throughout your climb. You don't need to have tried ice climbing before to come along either! A reasonable level of fitness, a sense of adventure and some enthusiasm is all that's required. 

All technical equipment and climbing gear are provided, and your guide will give you teach you the skills and techniques required to comfortably scale the glacier.  Instruction will be given to suit your pace and ability.

Once you've got the hang of it, Test yourself with new challenges and be rewarded with unique views as you reach new heights! 

Your guide will tailor the day to suit novices and experts alike, so regardless of your experience or ability level you can be assured of an epic day on the ice! 


Please note that this activity is a specialized tour that requires an experienced guide and favorable weather conditions, so enquires must be made before confirming a booking date.




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.

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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 in all the necessary equipment.

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

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You will need to bring a light snack and drink. Our tours range from 3 to 5 hours.

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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.

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Yes! This activity is limited to 115kg

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We want all of our guests to have the best possible time on our Heli Ice Climb experience. We provide all the gear and equipment you need for your climb and to stay warm, dry and safe while on the ice.

We ask that you come prepared with suitable clothing and accessories that will add to your overall comfort while on the trip.

We provide:
All climbing gear including helmets, harness, ropes, ice axes and crampons
Suitable boots and socks
Waterproof jackets
Waterproof over-pants
A rucksack to carry your crampons and essentials
A warm hat and gloves

Please bring with you:
Warm, breathable base layers such as merino or polypropylene
Suitable long pants for climbing in (jeans are not suitable, tracksuits and leggings are fine)
Sunglasses (these are essential if you don't have any with you we have a selection available for purchase at our front desk)
Your own warm hat and gloves if you prefer
Your camera or phone
A small water bottle and snack if you need one

Please leave the following items behind:
Your valuables such as passport, wallet and car keys (we have lockers available for hire)

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Please note that the bookings are processed manually and please chat to us before making the booking or you can book with us and your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.

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

  • 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. 

  • 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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