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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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Highlights
  • Spectacular views and photo ops of Franz Josef Glacier from the helicopter
  • Includes warm clothes, safety gear, and Glacier Hot Pools admission
  • Group size limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service 
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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk
From US$ 336.97
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11:10AM DepartureMost Popular
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9:30am, returning at 1:30pm
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Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 12pm, returning at 4pm
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Overview
Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. And with three hours of hiking time, you’ll see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes, then finishing the day with a soak in a hot pool.
What to Expect

Make your way to a helicopter base camp in Franz Josef to meet your guide and suit up in warm clothing—you can supplement your own gear with jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and leather boots. 

Board the helicopter for the scenic flight to Franz Josef Glacier, with sweeping views over the ice field, then land on the glacier itself for the guided glacier hike. 

Following your guide through the icy landscape of caves and pinnacles, you’ll see a forest of ice formations and learn about the environmental changes that are transforming the face of Franz Josef Glacier. When the 3-hour hike concludes, fly back over the glacier on your return to Franz Josef, where you can soak sore hiking muscles at the Glacier Hot Pools, steaming pools fed by pure glacier water.

Reviews (333)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful glacier but mean and unprofessional guide

Amazing glacier! Stunning scenery at the peak but... Unfortunately, the guide assigned to us (Kaley) was rude and condescending. That made it hard for us to focus on the beauty of the glacier. Although she did fulfill her basic duty in ensuring our safety, she...More

1  Thank KarenCassie11
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Karen C, Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns in regards to your recent experience with us. We are saddened to hear that we failed to meet your expectations of the Heli-Hike. We do endeavour to ensure all guests are...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Really unique and unforgettable experience, but a hefty pricetag

We went on the 3hr Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier and it was amazing. This was the top priority activity that we had in all of NZ and it did not disappoint. All the reception staff (Mason, Jess, Ellen, Calib and Ayla) were so polite...More

Thank timonhowes
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora timonhowes, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your comments. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature, we will make sure to pass it on to our team. We look forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Glacier up close

Great experience, and really special way to see glacier up close. This was my first time in helicopter, and really loved it. Guide was fantastic, and made sure we all feel safe. A bit expensive tour, but worth it.More

1  Thank Joanne W
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Joanne, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your feedback. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with the Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Glad to hear the guide was fantastic, they love their jobs! We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Heli Hike: Beautiful location but much too crowded

No doubt: The Franz Josef Glacier is a beautiful spot on our planet and worth visiting. And the idea to offer Heli Hikes up there really makes sense. Nevertheless we were quite disappointed. The area you can hike on is pretty small (compared to other...More

Thank Tom J
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Tom, Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns in regards to your recent experience with us. We are saddened to hear that we failed to meet your expectations of the Heli-Hike, specifically the time on the glacier. We do intend...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Truly a mesmerizing experience

Michael (guide) & the entire crew were awesome & took good care of everyone. Franz Josef is a very well run team with everything you need for a great memorable hike/climb/walk at the Glacier.More

Thank Sein Chyi W
Mason S, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Sein Chyi W, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your feedback. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with the Franz Josef Glacier Guides. I will pass this good feedback onto Michael, . We...More

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Jason W
1 November 2018|
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Response from diana s | Reviewed this property |
Book in advance but have a backup plan in case the weather is not good, go for a hike or caving.
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David L
12 October 2018|
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Response from Anand G | Reviewed this property |
We lucked out. It’s a bit of miss depending on weather I would definitely recommend calling in.
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Susan R
14 September 2018|
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Response from Tarak P | Reviewed this property |
It isn’t terribly strenuous. However, you should be able to walk about 1-2 miles comfortably. There is some climbing involved, but nothing too steep. A reasonably active person should fare well. It’s a great experience.
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