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

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!

Departure Point: Franz Josef, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef 7856

Adult $485.00
Child $455.00 (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

  • Departs from Franz Josef, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef

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.

  • Moderate fitness required.

    Minimum age is 8 years.

    Our Heli-Hike trips are weather dependent.

Available Bookings from August 05 to August 11

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$449.00
  • Child$455.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$455.00
  • Child$455.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$449.00
  • Child$455.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$485.00
  • Child$455.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$455.00
  • Child$455.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$449.00
  • Child$455.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$455.00
  • Child$455.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$455.00
  • Child$455.00

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

4.6

161 reviews

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Shilpa Verma from Australia wrote on 03 March 2020

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awesome experience

Had experience of our lifetime with heli-hike. The assistance provided by the staff was fantastic. Luke our guide was super fun and very informative. Loved the helicopter ride. Really a must-try

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Bailey from Australia wrote on 26 February 2020

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Bluebird!

Our first trip got cancelled due to low lying cloud, so flew the following and had an absolute bluebird! Well run company, organized, would have been nice to fly a little further or over the glacier before or after the hike just to really take in how big it truly is! Tom our glacier leader was incredible, very enthusiastic

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

Hi Bailey, Thank you for your lovely review. We are so thrilled you were able to re-book with us and experience our Heli Hike. We are unfortuantely unable to fly you higher up the glacier for the Heli Hike tour due to the high amount of scenic flight air traffic. The Heli Hike flight is direct transport to the ice. We do offer different scenic flight option to see more of the glacier. We will pass on your feedback to Tom and let him know you enjoyed your Hike with him. Wishing you all the best with your New Zealand Adventure. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast.

Jia Yun from Singapore wrote on 09 January 2020

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AWESOME & INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE

It's definitely worthed the money!! We were super lucky and blessed with good weather, clear blue sky and sun out. All staffs were super friendly and all equipments provided. I was super lucky to get front seats on the helicopter as well based on weight. I am super thankful for our guide kailie and brett for guiding us on our hike up the glacier. Overall, i loved this experience and would come back again for ice climbing maybe if i'm back in NZ! Thank you everyone!

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

Hi Jia Yun, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so thrilled the weather co-operated and you were able to experience the thrills are Heli Hike can offer. We are pleased that your found our staff friendly and the Kailie and Brett gave you an experience that has left you wanting to come back. We wish you a safe journey home. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast

Steven from Malaysia wrote on 02 November 2019

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Love the experience

Just love how knowledgeable and fun our guide Lewis is. He brought us to several cracks and caves where he makes up a path take us to off tracks places. Overall all awesome adventure!

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

Hi Steven, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your Glacier Heli Hike with us and that Lewis gave you a fun-filled, informative trip. The Hike is such a fantastic way to see the Glacier. Wishing you a safe journey home. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast

Fei Fei from Malaysia wrote on 01 November 2019

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Glacier heli hike

Glacier guide was nice. But unfortunately the Glacier view did not what I'm expected like in the picture shown. A lil bit disappointed but is a fun experience.

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

Hi Fei Fei, Thank you for leaving us valuable feedback. We are sorry that the Glacier Heli Hike did not meet your expectations and that you were a little disappointed in your trip. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee ice caves or similar structures as the glacier is constantly moving and changing. We wish you all the best with the rest of your New Zealand Adventure. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast Team

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