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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

From US$312.68
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Highlights
  • 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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Overview
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.
What to Expect
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 12 January 2018

Here's the overall breakdown of our booking, made through Glacier Country Kayaks: -Heli-Hike And Paddle Combo Tour (where we chose a sunset kayak as opposed to the 9am kayak) -Helicopter Line Heli-hike Check-in at 11am ($450 pp) guided by Franz Josef Glacier Guides -Glacier Country...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Christina J
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Hi Christina, We are thrilled to hear the you were able to do every part of your Heli Paddle combo and that the weather was co-operative on the day we were able to re-book you. We do our utmost best to try and accommodate when...More

Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We did the heli hike with The Helicopter Line during our time in Franz Josef. I booked the trip in advance by email and everything was done very smoothly after we checked in on the morning; getting kitted out, paying, the safety brief etc. The...More

Thank Sazquotch
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Hi Sazquotch, Thank you for your amazing review. The Heli Hike is a spectacular and unique trip. We are thrilled that Andrew gave you an breath-taking experience you found it to be a highlight of your trip to New Zealand. We pride ourselves on providing...More

Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic knowledgeable guide. As a first time heli trip the pilots put you at ease and when you land on the glacier you are given clear easy to follow instructions on the trip. We had the opportunity to see ice caves and...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Hi Brucethegoose Thank you for your excellent feedback. We are thrilled you found Zak full of knowledge and a 5 star guide. It is good to hear that our pilots made you feel at ease and you found our instructions around safety easy to follow....More

Reviewed 9 December 2017

The heli-hike with 2-hours on the glacier was excellent. In advance I tried booking the early trip, was notified within a few days that it was full and to try later trips. Booked the midday trip and there were no changes afterwards. Office and glacier...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Hi James, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are thrilled you found our staff friendly and informative. We do have to be quite thorough with our safety because of the nature of the Hike and that this is usually clients first time on the...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017

Preparation seemed long winded and only had small socks so a little uncomfortable! Heli flight up to glacier was good but then the safety prep etc seemed to take ages then the so called two hour hike was probably only 500 to 1000 metres with...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Hi Sue, Thank you for your valuable feedback. The preparation for the Heli Hike does take time as we do have 22 people to gear up at once. We need to ensure everyone has the correct gear in case the weather changes on the ice....More

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