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Glacier Heli-Hike

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The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier is certainly spectacular, but the highlight of this trip is the glacier Heli Hike. The experienced guides will take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. The helicopter passes over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land on the upper Franz Josef icefall or on the Tasman glacier itself. From there you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the ice, exploring caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonder of the glacier in the South Island of New Zealand.
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Mechelle M wrote a review Dec 2020
Lower Hutt, New Zealand281 contributions107 helpful votes
The reviews were misleading. The sign board said it was 1 hr 20min return walk so we set off. It was a stony wide track initially with slopes up and down. However then we came to a rather narrow steep tricky zig zag track about 45 minutes in which I was unable to navigate at all. My husband did go up and eventually got to the tunnels which were shin deep with water and ? Bats, but he got good photos. This track is great for younger people who can traverse the steep zip zag part of the track, but for me in my 50s with a bit of arthritis in my knees I came to an impasse and could not make the full trip. Beautiful scenery along the way however
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Superpear wrote a review Nov 2020
Ashburton, New Zealand1,325 contributions299 helpful votes
The walk starts from within Franz Josef and is a gradual climb along a 4 wheel drive track. About 2/3 of the walk is along vehicle tracks and only the last 1/3 is a walkers track. Great views over the river and then you arrive at the tunnels. To properly enjoy the tunnels, bring a torch and gum boots, or be prepared to go in barefoot. The water runs about 100mm deep from wall to wall so there is only so much wall climbing you can do. But this is a really fun part of the walk and you need to go into the tunnel even if our is only for a 100m or so.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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DJandR wrote a review Oct 2020
Wanaka, New Zealand409 contributions95 helpful votes
We had been told about the walk by friends so came prepared with torches and gumboots. The track is a times challenging with fallen trees etc you need to be shore footed in places, but all in all a great track. We entered the tunnel and walked into the dark quiet an experience. Once you turn your torches off there are glow worms. A great half day experiencex.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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tworookietravelers wrote a review Sep 2020
Hokitika, New Zealand19 contributions1 helpful vote
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We did this walk yesterday and the track was a bit rough with parts being narrow and steep with a long drop below. I would not recommend to take kids on this walk or anyone that is not fully stable on their feet. The tunnel was very good, but make sure you are prepared for wet feet and take a torch with you or at least a cell phone. Unfortunately the other end of the tunnel was barred off with a small sign saying it was unsafe to go past this area. There were also a couple of tress fallen over the track with one easy to get past but the other was quite dangerous.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kirsty M wrote a review Sep 2020
15 contributions3 helpful votes
I had read about this walk briefly online but I was reminded about it when we arrived as it was on the local map we were given upon check in to our hotel. Make sure you are equipped with a torch (or two so you have a spare), walking boots or gumboots and clothes you dont mind getting a little wet. We were short on time so we didn't walk the full tunnel but thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent there, you can see glow worms on the tunnel wall!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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