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Glacier Helihike (Franz Josef)

Take the opportunity to hike the iconic Franz Josef Glacier before it's gone.


  • ~1 Hour Scenic Flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef Village to Franz Josef Glacier
  • 2 Hour Guided Hike on Franz Josef Glacier
  • Small Group Tours

Our Glacier Heli-Hike is one of True South Flights’ more popular tours, allowing you to enjoy all that the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park glaciers have to offer within a single day.

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef (or Mt Cook) Tasman Glacier is just the beginning of a day filled with spectacular scenery. You’ll fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers, to Franz Josef Glacier on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook or the Tasman Glacier on the east. The weather in this mountainous region can be very changeable with rain frequent on the western side. We have the flexibility with our guiding partners to be able to alternate from one side to the other should the weather not be suitable to visit the glacier of your choice, and our tours to both are very similar.

On arrival at either the Franz Josef glacier tour or Tasman Glacier tour, we’ll accompany you to your check in with our helicopter and guiding partners, Alpine Guides, who will provide you with all your necessary equipment and a safety briefing.

The experienced guides will then take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Your helicopter will pass over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall, or a scenic helicopter flight will transport you over the Tasman terminal lake to land at the middle of the Tasman Glacier.

Here, you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the glacier ice, exploring ices caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.

Both the Franz Josef glacier tour and Tasman glaciers tour offer very similar experiences and you will not be disappointed with either option. At 23 kilometers the Tasman Glacier is much longer, and the Franz Josef is steeper—but when you hike the glacier there is little to separate one from the other. We suggest you book your preferred option but remain flexible on the day to swap if the weather requires.

A minimum of three passengers is required for this tour however if you are travelling solo, please contact us as we may be able to accommodate you with another group.

Adult $1,299.00
Child $1,099.00 (8-13 years)

What's included

  • Return Scenic Flights from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Complimentary Queenstown Central Transfers
  • Pilots Commentary
  • Scenic Helicopter flight from Franz Josef to the Glacier
  • Safety Briefing & All Specialist Equipment
  • 2 Hour Glacier Hike with Experienced Guide


  • Allow approximately 6 hours for the whole experience


  • 1b/8 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand


  • Minimum age: 8
  • No Jeans to be worn. Minimum numbers apply..

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Available Bookings from 25 Jun to 01 Jul 2022

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  • Adult$1,149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$1,099.00

  • Adult$1,149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$1,099.00

  • Adult$1,149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$1,099.00

  • Adult$1,149.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$1,099.00

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