Take return scenic flights from Queenstown to Franz Josef for an incredible heli-hiking experience on this incredible 12km long glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike from Queenstown Highlights

  • Get up to 10% cash back per person when you book with us!
  • A full-day tour to the Southern Alps, including both fixed-wing & helicopter flights
  • Return fixed-wing aircraft between Queenstown & Franz Josef Village, taking a different route back via Mt. Aspiring if possible, with guaranteed window seats
  • A heli-hike to Franz Josef Glacier, with 2 hrs to 2 hrs 30 min of time on the ice & scenic helicopter flights to & from the glacier
  • Use of all necessary equipment for your glacier hike, including crampons, boots, socks, & ice axes
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Queenstown accommodation

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Frequently Asked Questions about Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike from Queenstown

  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun block and lip cream (UV is high)
  • 3–4 layers of warm upper body clothing (jeans are not recommended on wet days, as they become very cold and uncomfortable to wear)
  • A daypack, a drink & snacks are useful
  • A warm hat and gloves.
  • A Camera
  • Light snacks or lunch


If the weather isn't suitable to safely conduct the flight, you will have the option to rebook for the next available time or receive a full refund. If the weather is safe to fly but will be turbulent, you will have the option of flying, rebooking, or receiving a full refund.

The Operator is able to fly approximately 70% of the days in the summer and winter, and 55% of the days in the spring and fall.



Most healthy people with ‘street’ level fitness should enjoy this activity. Lack of physical fitness and medical conditions may affect your ability to safely take part in, or complete a trip.


Heli Hiking is classified as an ‘adventure activitiy'. It has a low to moderate degree of risk. This tour operates in natural mountain features that present certain physical hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to:

  • Uneven and icy terrain and slopes
  • Natural, uncontrolled terrain features
  • Potential exposure to cold
  • Potential exposure to UV light


Guests should be confident walking on uneven terrain. The Operator reserves the right to shorten or cancel trips for guests whose fitness or ability is not appropriate. If you are unable to complete the activity, you will not be entitled to a refund.


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Pickup Locations

  • Abba Court Motel = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Absoloot Hostel = The Station Building
  • Adventure Queenstown Hostel = Station Building
  • Alexis Motel & Apartments = Copthorne Bus Stop
  • Alpine Lodge = Station Building
  • Alpine Meadows Fernhill = Cameron Place Bus Stop
  • Alpine Village = Battery Hill Bus Stop
  • Amity Apartments = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Aspen Lodge = Station Building
  • Asure Queenstown Gateway Apartments = Frankton Bus Shelter
  • Autoline Motel = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Azur Lodge
  • Base Backpackers = The Station Building
  • Battery Hill Bus Stop
  • Bella Vista Queenstown = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Black Sheep Backpackers = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Blue Peaks = Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Browns Boutique Hotel = Station Building
  • Cable Lane Apartments at Five Mile = Crown Pub Car Park
  • Caples Court = Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Central Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels = Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Central Queenstown = The Station Building Bus Stop
  • Colonial Village/Pounamu Bus Stop
  • Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Coronet View Apartments = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Cranbury Court & Apartments = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Creeksyde Holiday Park = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Double Tree by Hilton = Directly outside The Double Tree
  • Driftaway Queenstown
  • Earnslaw Lodge = Copthorne Bus Stop
  • Eichardt's Private Hotel
  • Esplanade Queenstown = Rydges Hotel Bus Stop
  • Fernhill Road/Cameron Place Bus Stop
  • Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
  • Four Seasons Motel = Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Frankton Bus Shelter
  • Garden Court Suites = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Haka Lodge = The Station Building
  • Hallenstein Street Bus Stop (St Joseph's School)
  • Hampshire Holiday Parks (Queenstown Lakeview) = Station Building
  • Heartland Hotel and Scenic Suites
  • Hensman Road/The Rees Bus Stop
  • Heritage Queenstown
  • Hidden Lodge Queenstown = Williams Street Bus Stop
  • Highview Apartments
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Hippo Lodge = The Station Building
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown
  • Holiday Inn Frankton Road = Sherwood Bus Stop
  • Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park = Self-Walk
  • Hulbert House Boutique Lodging = Hallenstein Street Bus Stop (St Joseph's School)
  • Hurley's of Queenstown = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Kamana Lakehouse
  • Lakefront Apartments = Rydges Bus Stop
  • Lakeside Motel = Rydges Bus Stop
  • Larch Hill Bus Stop Frankton Road
  • Lomond Lodge = Station Building Bus Stop
  • LQ (La Quinta by Wyndham) Queenstown
  • Lylo (Jucy Snooze) = The Station Building
  • Marina Apartments = Marina Bus Stop
  • Melbourne Lodge = Hallenstein Street Bus Stop (St Joseph's School)
  • Mercure Queenstown Resort
  • Mi-Pad = The Station Building
  • Millennium Hotel
  • Nomads Queenstown = The Station Building
  • Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
  • Oaks Club Resort: Colonial Village/Pounamu Bus Stop
  • Oaks Shores Apartments = Hensman Road Bus Stop
  • Ora Retreat = Williams Street Bus Stop
  • Peppers Beacon Resort = Rydges Bus Stop
  • Pinewood Lodge = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Platinum Apartments = Heritage Hotel Bus Stop
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
  • Queenstown House Boutique Bed & Breakfast and Apartments = Hallenstien Street Bus Stop (St Joseph's School)
  • Queenstown Motel Apartments = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
  • Queenstown QT Hotel = Rydges Bus Stop
  • Quest Queenstown = Self-Walk
  • Ramada Queenstown Central = Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • Reavers Lodge = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Ridge Resort = Sherwood Bus Stop
  • Rydges Hotel = Rydges Hotel Bus Stop
  • Self Drive: No pickup required
  • Sherwood Bus Stop
  • Sherwood Manor = Sherwood Bus Stop
  • Sofitel Queenstown
  • Southern Laughter Backpackers = The Station Building
  • Spinnaker Bay = Colonial Village/Pounamu Bus Stop
  • St James Apartments = The Station Building Bus Stop
  • St Moritz
  • Sudima Queenstown Five Mile
  • Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Apartments = Colonial Village/Pounamu Bus Stop
  • Tahuna Pod Hostel = The Station Building
  • The Carlin Boutique Hotel = Hallenstien Street Bus Stop (St Joseph's School)
  • The Chalet Queenstown = The Millennium Hotel Driveway
  • The Dairy = The Station Building
  • The Embassy B&B = Marina Bus Stop
  • The Glebe = The Station Building
  • The Lodges = Crowne Plaza Hotel Bus Stop
  • The Lofts Apartments = The Station Building
  • The Rees Hotel
  • The Spire = Novotel
  • The Waterfront = Crowne Plaza Bus Stop
  • The Whistler Queenstown = The Station Building
  • Turner Heights = The Station Building
  • Twin Peaks B&B = Battery Hill Bus Stop
  • Villa del Lago = Colonial Village/Pounamu Bus Stop
  • Wyndham Garden Hotel = Self-Walk
  • YHA Lakefront = YHA Bus Stop

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