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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

From US$316.24
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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 9 April 2019

I was initially scared of flying in the helicopter but my fears were overcome as soon as we smoothly & effortlessly took off. The views were stunning & when we landed we were looked after do well by the guides. They were so knowledgable about...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2019

Hi there, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our experience with us. Unfortunately, not every trip is able to experience ice caves as the glacier is always changing and movement. The guides do their best to find the...More

Reviewed 19 March 2019

We were really fortunate to experience this trip on a brilliantly sunny day, our guide told us that just a couple of weeks previously they'd not been able to fly for a week! On booking in at the Helicopter Line office, we were fully kitted...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2019

Hi JustDavid55, Thank you for leaving us a great review! It sounds like you had a fantastic time on the glacier. We are sorry that there was a delay on the glacier as you usually shouldn’t have had to wait that long. Customer service is...More

Reviewed 10 January 2019

This was our most expensive activity on our trip in NZ, but we didn't regret it a single moment. Due to the weather our heli hike got cancelled a number of times. Luckily our travel schedule was flexible enough to allow us to wait and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2019

Hi Kristof_IB, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some awesome feedback. The weather here is very changeable and can sometimes result in trips being cancelled. We are so pleased to hear that we were able to accommodate you on re-booking. Sometimes this...More

Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

We were lucky with the weather and was able to take an amazing Heli hiking trip to the Franz Joseph glacier. Helicopter lines was well organized. They coordinate with Franz Josef Glaciers to provide excellent guides. Waterproof jackets, pants, boots, crampons, socks and mittens are...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2019

Hi LarchFoodie, Thank you for your awesome feedback. We are so thrilled that your experience with us was highlight of your trip and that you found our process to be well organized. Safety is one of our highest priorities so we are glad that this...More

Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

An amazing experience- flying up onto the glacier and hiking across it with an expert guide. Very professional and safety conscious company. They provide all the clothing and equipment you need. Lawrence, our guide was excellent- really knowledgeable, friendly and fun.More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2018

Thank you for leaving us a fantastic review. We are thrilled you had a fantastic time on our Heli Hike. We are thrilled you found our service to be professional and safety conscious. Safety is our highest priority. Lawrence is a fantastic guide and enjoys...More

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