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Helicopter Line - Franz Josef Glacier HELI HIKE (Ex Franz Josef)

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Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking alpine excursions and get up close and personal to the remarkable beauty and awe-inspiring environment of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking alpine excursions and get up close and personal to the remarkable beauty and awe-inspiring environment of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking helicopter flight to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Glacier Landing included in your experience!
  • Approx 2 hour hike amongst ancient glacial formations

This once in a lifetime experience gets you to the very heart of this incredible glacial environment - exposing the most spectacular ice formations, mighty pinnacles, and pristine alpine terrain.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience this ancient glacial environment from astounding aerial view before exploring by foot, and even descending into the glacier itself!

A truly immersive experience that will be treasured for a lifetime, the Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike is the ultimate journey into New Zealand’s alpine paradise!

Adult $695.00
Child $695.00 (8-14 years)

What's included

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Glacier Landing and Hike
  • Experienced Guide
  • All equipment (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Check in is from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides office
  • 63 Cron Street
  • Franz Josef / Waiau 7886.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age is 8 years old.

Notes

  • Please Note: Moderate fitness required.

    The Heli Hike experience is weather dependent.

    Safety Notes:

    Your safety is our highest priority so we reserve the right to cancel your booking depending on health and agility considerations.

    For safety reasons, we have a weight limit of 120kg. This weight includes the gear we provide which can weigh up to 5kgs. Please be aware that if the gear takes your weight to over 120kg, you will not be able to participate.

    Additionally, if you are pregnant you will not be able to participate.

    We will do our best to accommodate you but occasionally cancellation may be unavoidable.

    Departure Notes:

    Check in times - please check in 1 hour prior to departure:

    8:30am departure: 7:30am check in.

    9:00am departure: 8:00am check in.

    11:00am departure: 10:00am check in.

    11:30am departure: 10:30am check in.

Available Bookings from 15 Jul to 28 Jul 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

  • Adult$695.00
  • Child$695.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.7

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Lu from New Zealand wrote on 09 May 2022

Awesome

Awesome! We did abit of research as to which glacier (Fox/Franz) was better & which tour. I’m pretty sure we did the best one, as we were able to walk on the Glacier. Our guide (Canadian Mike?) was super friendly & made our whole experience unreal. Everything was provided. A short 5-10 minute helicopter ride, then we were on the glacier. Definitely recommend the heli hike to anyone who is unsure.

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Rachael Patten from New Zealand wrote on 10 September 2022

Absolutely Incredible

Such a cool experience. The guides were great to talk too and so experienced and knowledgeable. We also had perfect bluebird weather! I was slightly worried it might be a bit hard for me but the group moves relatively slowly and carefully at all times. Part of the hike your harness is clipped into the safety line through some steep inclines and when coming down some of the steeper parts. Honestly one of the best experiences and one I shall be recommending to my passengers coming to New Zealand

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Marine Lafont from New Zealand wrote on 23 June 2022

Magic

What an amazing experience! All the gear kept me warm and secure, I only need to worry about admiring the view, and the glacier. The 2 guides were nice, answered all my questions, technical or random, lead us with confident. Had an amazing time, what a view, what a beauty, what an amazing team, I won't forget!

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Krishna Lin from Taiwan wrote on 08 March 2020

Franz Josef HELI HIKE

General speaking it was ok. However, the reception was not a professional staff. When I said I came from Taiwan, she tried to gave me Tail language manual. She don't know Taiwan and Thailand are different countries. Further more, I was speak English with her, but she use goodle translate to translate English to Chinese to talk to me. OMG, I never meet such unprofessional staff and feel very unrespectful by her serviced.

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Steph from New Zealand wrote on 17 March 2019

Cancelled twice because of weather

Cancelled because of bad weather, received an email and re booked for the next day. Checked emails in the morning, no cancellation email. Drove 2 & half hours to Franz Josef Glacier to check in only to be told it was again cancelled. We had received no emails or phone calls. I asked why and they said if they had to do that for one customer they’d have to do that for them all?! YES you should!!! When your customers are paying almost $500 each its the least I’d expect. A 5 hour round trip for nothing. Were asked if we wanted to rebook, we said no thanks.

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From Helicopter Line - Franz Josef Glacier HELI HIKE (Ex Franz Josef)

Hi Steph, Thank you for leaving us valuable feedback. We do apologise for the service you received from us and will be improving on ways we can communicate with our guests. Sometimes we are able to cancel the Heli Hike earlier than expected when we receive the weather call from our pilots however some days the weather is incredible hard to gauge and we do not know until the check-in time if we are able to operate. Again, we apologise for the customer service and hope you had a safe journey home. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast

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