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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

From US$311.72
  • Fly over Franz Josef Glacier for a glacier hike
  • Touch down between two dramatic ice falls
  • Don provided mountaineering equipment for a guided hike
  • Great way to access extreme mountain terrain with no experience needed
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Heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier on an adventurous mountaineering tour that explores the Southern Alps from the air and on the ice. Flying over Franz Josef Glacier is great for panoramic views of crevasses and ice falls, and the guided hike gets you to a fantastic vantage point high on the glacier to explore ice caves and glacial terrain up close, with all mountaineering equipment provided.
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Make your way to the heli-hiking home base, where you’ll meet a guide and be fitted with all necessary equipment, including a waterproof jacket, glacier boots, and an ice axe.
Board a helicopter for the flight over Franz Josef Glacier, a massive 7.5-mile (12 kilometer) glacier. Soar over towering peaks, deep crevasses, and winding streams of glacial melt. The pilot will guide the helicopter onto the ice, touching down high on the glacier.
Climb in and around ice caves, capturing remarkable photographs of the frozen landscape, and learn the history of Franz Josef Glacier. Following the hike, board the helicopter for the spectacular return flight, retracing your path with sweeping views across the Southern Alps.
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Reviewed yesterday

There were a lot of waiting(more than 30min) before we could start hiking. Actually it couldn't be called as hiking, I mean, we just walked around 500 meters in total...After 50 minutes' 'walking', our tour was put to an end due to bad weather condition....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Bryanisall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THE HELICOPTER LINE FRANZ JOSEPH.(HELI HIKE). An amazing experience. Well organised from beginning to end. Caring,,careful staff & very safety conscious. We were lucky with the weather as the previous day all flights cancelled and ours was one of the few that took off that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KRBC
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi KRBC, Thank you for leaving us a wonderful review! The weather here is constantly changing so it’s great you were able to fly with us. Our experienced guides have lots of interesting facts about the Franz Josef glacier and they love taking you around...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my personal highlight. I rented a car from Christchurch and drove all the way just to take the heli hike tour. I have not regret that. Amazing view and a real one in a lifetime exerience. The guides are very nice. You get...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Daniel T
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Daniel T, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. The Heli-Hike is a special, memorable trip so it is great that you were able to come over to the West Coast for this wonderful experience, and that you loved...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WOW!!! WOW!!! What an experience, a flight up through the valley, which puts everything into perspective. The guide was super knowledgeable and provided our group with options for our time on the glacier. Not sure how to beat this experience. If you get a chance...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank celks2018
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi celks2018, Thanks for the wonderful review, we are thrilled to hear you loved the trip so much! It is amazing being able to actually walk on the Franz Josef glacier and realise the sheer scale of it. Our guides are very experienced and provide...More

Reviewed 17 April 2019 via mobile

My husband and I did the heli-hike on the Franz Josef Glacier while on holiday in New Zealand. I will admit I was very apprehensive about doing this activity because I am: 1) 58 years old, 2) not very fit, and 3) afraid of heights....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Erica B
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