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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

  • Fly over Franz Josef Glacier for a glacier hike
  • Touch down between two dramatic ice falls
  • Don provided mountaineering equipment for a guided hike
Heli Hiking Franz Josef
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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.
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.
Reviews (183)
1 - 5 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Our patience paid off

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
Thank Kristof_IB
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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 1 week ago via mobile
Spectacular - Highlight of our NZ Holiday!

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

Thank LarchFoodie
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank SVickery
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Super Awesome Experience

This is our second attempt and feel so lucky to have this experience off our bucket list.Spectacular day to start off and witness some beautiful views from the helicopter. The walk and the views are just top notch!! Going through the steps the guides carve...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank SanS24
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hi SanS24, Thank you for the wonderful review, we really appreciate your feedback. We are so pleased that the weather was on your side this time and that you loved your experience exploring the glacier. It is an incredible trip to do and our guides...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

My heli hike today was awesome! The helicopter ride there and back is super cool and you get amazing views of Franz Josef, makes for great pictures. The glacier is absolutely beautiful and so fun to explore. Our guide Zak was great! He knew a...More

1  Thank Kaitlyn B
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hi Kaitlyn B, Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you loved the whole trip and will pass the excellent feedback onto Zak! The glacier is an amazing natural phenomenon and exploring it really is a unique experience. We hope you enjoyed the...More

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Magok T
23 April 2018|
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Response from Christina J | Reviewed this property |
You could, but I wouldn't recommend it. That would be driving 8-10 hours over the course of one day (not including the actual time on the glacier). You'd be better off to spend a full day there and really explore the Franz... More
7 April 2018|
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Response from Rozzymelbourne | Reviewed this property |
We booked directly with the company so not sure about Viator.
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