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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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  • Spectacular views and photo ops of Franz Josef Glacier from the helicopter
  • Includes warm clothes, safety gear, and Glacier Hot Pools admission
  • Group size limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service 
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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
From US$318.03
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11:10AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
US$318.03
8:30AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 8:30am, returning at 12:30pm
US$318.03
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9:30am, returning at 1:30pm
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Overview
Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. And with three hours of hiking time, you’ll see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes, then finishing the day with a soak in a hot pool.
What to Expect

Make your way to a helicopter base camp in Franz Josef to meet your guide and suit up in warm clothing—you can supplement your own gear with jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and leather boots. 

Board the helicopter for the scenic flight to Franz Josef Glacier, with sweeping views over the ice field, then land on the glacier itself for the guided glacier hike. 

Following your guide through the icy landscape of caves and pinnacles, you’ll see a forest of ice formations and learn about the environmental changes that are transforming the face of Franz Josef Glacier. When the 3-hour hike concludes, fly back over the glacier on your return to Franz Josef, where you can soak sore hiking muscles at the Glacier Hot Pools, steaming pools fed by pure glacier water.

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Reviewed 6 days ago
If you make it to Franz Josef do this tour

We really had a great day. It commences at check in where you are provided all your gear - Jackets, Pants, Beanies, Gloves, Boots and Socks. After check in and after you put your gear on you walk a short distance to the Heli Pad...More

Thank Robert Charles I
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia ora Robert, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature, we love hearing that this has been one of your best experiences in your trip so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
What a highlight of our trip to NZ

Once in a lifetime activity, truly worth the money. We visited in June, so bare in mind winter conditions. We planed to book heli hike depending on the weather. Once we approached the area we looked at the weather forecast and it said it should...More

Thank diana s
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora diana, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you had such a lovely experience exploring Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere. You are right when it comes to allowing a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Company cancelled heli hike and not a refund in sight

We had a booked heli hike scheduled for Sunday 16 June. The heli hike was cancelled on the morning due to incoming weather which was fine and totally understood the reasons. A refund was apparently processed and to this day some 17 days later a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Absolutely breathtaking experience!

Well worth the money for this once in a lifetime, bucket list experience! The staff are very friendly, knowledgable and are accomodating for all levels of fitness etc. Can't recommend this enough, it will leave you speechless!More

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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora _kaylajwade, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature, we will make sure to pass on your comments to our team. Safe travels and we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Surpassed My Expectations

This was one of the most unique experiences from my trip to New Zealand. You begin the journey with a helicopter ride that gives you a breathtaking view of the surrounding Rainforest and the approaching glacier. Once on the ice, guides lead you up and...More

Thank Staley T
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Staley, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature, we will make sure to pass it on to our team. Safe travels and we look...More

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The trip is possible but you will probably not enjoy the full experience due to the sheer length of time on the road coupled with the vagaries of a weather dependant outdoor activity...
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