Half Day Heli Hike in Franz Josef Glacier

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  • Free Cancelation - 24 Hrs Notice
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 4 Hrs - 4 Hrs 30 Min Duration
  • English
  • Join In Group
  • 3-11 Travelers Per Group
  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Revel in the excitement of walking on one of New Zealand's most famous glaciers - the Franz Josef Glacier!
  • Your experience is combined with a scenic and thrilling helicopter flight over this majestic natural wonder
  • Enjoy up to three hours of ice time, including a guided tour on the glacier to explore its key features with a guide
  • Make your way through the amazing formations and caves, which can only be found in this unique landscape
Most Recent Review

  • BESS YAT SEA 18 Mar 2019
    Our family had the best time on the ice! The staffs are so professional and made us feel very safe throughout the whole journey. The helicopter ride is definitely a highlight! A must do in NZ if you have the budget.

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  • Half Day Glacier Tour (FJ001)

    Package Details
    • Departure time: 9:15am, 9:30am, 11:50am, 12:05pm, 12:15pm
    • This tour departs daily (except Christmas Day)

    Inclusive Of:

    • Experienced English speaking guide
    • Round trip helicopter flights
    • Crampons
    • Suitable walking boots and socks
    • Trekking poles
    • Waterproof jackets
    • Waterproof over-pants
    • A small waist pack to carry your crampons and essentials
    • A warm hat and gloves

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Meal
    • Insurance
    • Other personal expenses
    • Hotel pick up and drop off

    US$ 343.00

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    Package Details
    • Departure time: 9:15am, 9:30am, 11:50am, 12:05pm, 12:15pm
    • This tour departs daily (except Christmas Day)

    Inclusive Of:

    • Experienced English speaking guide
    • Round trip helicopter flights
    • Crampons
    • Suitable walking boots and socks
    • Trekking poles
    • Waterproof jackets
    • Waterproof over-pants
    • A small waist pack to carry your crampons and essentials
    • A warm hat and gloves

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Meal
    • Insurance
    • Other personal expenses
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
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What To Expect

This four hour combination of a thrilling helicopter ride and a hike allows you to truly experience the majesty of Franz Josef Glacier. The glacier heli hike is a famous experience for adventurers around the world, and it begins by departing from the township and heading to the glacier itself. Largely inaccessible unless by air, this steep glacier is full of incredible icy features that you'll be exploring. Surrounded by the alpine peaks and breathing in the crisp air, you'll learn from your guide the careful art of step-cutting, or finding the safest and most secure way through the glacier, as well as the history of the mountain's glacier, known as “Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere”. Enjoy your hike on this splendid, historic glacier before being flown back to the township.

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Soar over Franz Josef Glacier and set down onto its snowy landscape
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Prepare to tackle these amazing ice formations
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Follow your guide in finding the best way through the ridges and crevices
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Enjoy the thrill of traversing the solid ice all around you
Activity Information
Confirmation

Confirmation:

  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • Starts at glacier base in Franz Josef Village
  • Get you kitted out with the essential gear and give you a pre-trip briefing
  • The guide will lead you a on a short walk through native forest to the heli pad
  • Get you ready to board your helicopter
  • Land you high up on the glacier
  • Make the final preparations for your hike before you head off
  • Explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape
  • Back to glacier base in Franz Josef Village
Insider Tips

What To Bring:

  • Warm, breathable base layers such as merino or polypropylene
  • Suitable long pants for walking in (no jeans)
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (don't forget to protect your lips with balm)
  • Your own warm hat and gloves if you prefer
  • Camera
  • Small backpack with a drink and snacks
  • It is recommended you bring a valid ID as there are age and safety restrictions for this hike
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Minimum age: Age 8
  • Child ticket: Age 8-16 (children might not be allowed to join this tour in case of hazardous glacier conditions on the day of the tour. In cases like these, a full refund will be issued)
  • Maximum weight: 115kg
  • Maximum guide to customer ratio is 1 to 11
  • Customers over 115kg and/or pregnant will not be able to participate this tour
  • Lockers are available for rent. Please leave your valuables such as passport, wallet and car keys behind
  • You will have up to 3 hours spent on the ice hiking the glacier and exploring features

Safety Restrictions:

Particiption
  • We adhere to the highest safety standards to ensure ongoing safety for both our guests and our team
  • We will be delighted to welcome you as a guest on our Glacier Heli Hike provided you:
  • Weigh less than 115kg (253.5lb)
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are over the age of 8 years old, the weight of 35kg and the height of 137cm tall
  • Are not under the influence of intoxicating drugs or alcohol
  • Have not been assessed by a lead guide as lacking the required fitness to complete the trip
Pre-existing Medical Conditions
  • It's important that you advise us of the following when making your booking:
  • Ankle or knee injuries
  • ACL damage
  • Joint replacements or dislocations
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Heart conditions and high / low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Severe asthma
  • If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in the trip we recommend you consult your medical practitioner prior to booking
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified

Meet Up Information:

  • Location: Franz Josef Glacier Guides
  • Address: 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7859, New Zealand
  • Check in time will be shown on your voucher upon booking confirmation
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before check in time

How To Get There:

  • By private car: Approximately 4 hours drive from Wanaka or 5 hours drive from Christchurch
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 24 hours prior to the activity
  • In case of bad weather, you can reschedule your booking or request for a full refund
  • Children might not be allowed to join this tour in case of hazardous glacier conditions on the day of the tour. In cases like these, a full refund will be issued
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Reviews (8) 5.0
  • BESS YAT SEA 18 Mar 2019
    Our family had the best time on the ice! The staffs are so professional and made us feel very safe throughout the whole journey. The helicopter ride is definitely a highlight! A must do in NZ if you have the budget.
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  • Maisey 22 Jan 2019
    It was an amazing experience! The guide Melvin took really good care of us and answered all of our questions. The helicopter ride amazing to see the Glacier from the sky!
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  • Xiang Sheng 4 Mar 2019
    The experience was awesome. Guides will teach you how to climb the and walk on the glaciers. It comes with a free hot pool visit after.
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  • Varun 26 Jan 2019
    The activity is a must to do when in New Zealand . Our activity on the original date was cancelled due to the weather but we were accomodated the next day . Best time for the activity is around 9 am .
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  • Lee andy 4 Mar 2019
    Awesome views, worth the hike, would be good if there are 2-3 rest stops for photos, one rest stop is not that enough. Great guide.
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  • Miao Hsin 16 Jan 2019
    Very worthwhile, all equipment is provided, not too tired, go slowly, take a break, have time to take pictures, the end of the activity free hot springs just soothe muscles.
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  • Amanda 22 Feb 2019
    An absolutely awesome experience!! A real eye opener of the effects of climate change. If you are keen to do it go sooner rather than later, while we still have this beautiful piece of our planet left. Loved the whole experience.
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  • SHAN SHAN 2 Mar 2019
    Very spectacular and fun, the coach is very safe, and it’s a rare experience to get a hot spring.
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