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Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Half-day Tour

Tour Details

My favourite thing about the glacier is how much it moves, each trip really is different because it is constantly changing. Keeps it interesting!

With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a three hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder our guests often label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Your journey starts at our glacier base in Franz Josef Village where our friendly team will check you in, get you kitted out with the essential gear and give you a pre-trip briefing.

From here, your guide will lead you a on a short walk through native forest to the heli pad and get you ready to board your helicopter. Adrenaline levels start to spike as you board your helicopter and our highly trained pilot then whisks you away over the jaw dropping landscape - an opportunity to take in the full panoramic majesty of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere nestled within the surrounding mountains.

Your pilot will land you high up on the glacier itself, where your guide will help you make the final preparations for your hike before you head off to explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape.

Our guides are highly skilled in the art of step cutting, which means we can find you both the safest and most spectacular route available on the glacier. Because the glacier is so fast moving, its features are constantly changing - you might find yourself sliding through a narrow crevasse or between towering walls of ice, crawling through blue ice tunnels, hanging out in ice caves, or witnessing the glacier calving. You can be sure that you're seeing the glacier in a unique state and no two trips are ever quite the same.

During your hike your guide will share with you the story of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, their knowledge of the glacier and surrounding area and insight on why Franz Josef is so unique. You'll come away from your trip not only with a sense of awe at this majestic beauty, but a whole new understanding of why this precious landmark is so special.

*Please not that a reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour. Our Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk is suitable for all fitness levels. For more information, click here.

This tour is subject to availability. Please contact us if you would like to book this tour.

Special Notes

Tour Includes:

  • A short scenic helicopter transfer flying over the glacier valley and landing on the ice.
  • A three hour guided tour on the glacier exploring key features with your friendly and knowledgeable guide.
  • This tour includes FREE access to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools.
  • ‍Please click here for information about safety restrictions, fitness levels. and cancellation policies.

Trip Plan

Tour Length: 4.5 hours

Minimum Number: From 1 person. If you would like to book a group charter, please contact us for a quote.

Itinerary:

This tour is subject to availability. Please contact us if you would like to book this tour.

What we Provide:

  • Crampons
  • Suitable walking boots and socks
  • Trekking poles
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • A small waist pack to carry your crampons and essentials
  • A warm hat and gloves

What to Bring: For the most enjoyable experience, we recommend that you bring:

  • Warm, breathable base layers such as merino or polypropylene
  • Suitable long pants for walking 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)
  • Sunblock
  • 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)

Tour Cost

Peak Pricing (January-March 2020):
$509.00 NZD / person
$509.00 NZD / Child under 16 years old

Off Peak (September - December 2019):
$495.00 NZD / person
$495.00 NZD Child under 16 years old

Prices valid until 31st March 2020 and subject to change. Please contact us for prices past this date.

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