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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

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  • 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 11 February 2018

Not often you get to combine a helicopter flight with walking on a glacier. But that's what you do and it was great fun. You are well kitted out at the base office for 2 hours on the ice. Then it is about 4 minutes...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Bezzer1
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Hi Bezzer1 Thank you for your awesome review. The Hike is such a fantastic experience and should not be missed. The two hours on the ice is ample time to take photos and explore under the excellent tutelage of out Glacier guides. Kind Regards The...More

Reviewed 11 February 2018

A beautiful morning in Franz Josef--perfect time for a Heli hike. The entire staff at the Helicopter Line were friendly and professional. After check in, we were issued our gear: waterproof boots, jacket, and pants, as well as crampons. Following a safety briefing, we all...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Hi Daren Thank you for your awesome feedback. The Heli Hike is such a fantastic and one of a kind trip. No two trips are the same as the Glacier is always changing and moving. The Guide are always on the lookout for the best...More

Reviewed 30 January 2018

We were running late, took us longer to get to FJ than expected (yes, South Island Roads really are different). Rang just before we lost signal, and let the office know. They rearranged the groups to give us as much time as possible to get...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hi Cathy, Thank you for your wonderful review. The roads on the West Coast are a little different and can take longer but we are thrilled you made it in time and that we were able to make our trip. We do our best to...More

Reviewed 21 January 2018

We did the combined helicopter/glacier hike. Luckily the weather held and we had a great time. The helicopter ride portion is quite short - nice views but it's a quick ride in both directions. Most people sit in the back of the helicopter with only...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Hi GSauce82, Thank you for your fantastic review. The Heli Hike is an excellent trip and is definitely an excursion people ought to do at least once. The flight is short as we only fly up to the flattest part of the Glacier for the...More

Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

We booked the heli hike about a week before, the slot we had booked didn't fly due to bad weather, but they rebooked us for the following morning and it was worth the wait! Scott our glacier guide was fantastic, all the staff were really...More

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