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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

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  • Location: Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3434WHO_HELIHIKE
Combine a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a two-hour guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of New Zealand's South Island. You'll learn about glacier processes and enjoy supreme panoramic views on your small group tour, as your local guide shows you the most spectacular ice formations.


  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • All necessary equipment included
With its ability to hover, land and provide access to some of the most remote areas, your helicopter ride is the ideal choice for sightseeing, taking you right up close to towering peaks, crevasse filled glaciers and sparkling waterways.

You'll land high up on the glacier between two icefalls where your guided hike begins. Follow your professional guide into the most spectacular icefall terrain, only usually seen by experienced mountaineers. With a spotless safety record, rigid assessments, and the use of exclusive quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is always accounted for.

Afterwards, you'll re-embark the helicopter for a transfer back to the township of Franz Josef.

The fleet consists predominately of European AS355 Twin Engine Squirrels (seats 06 passengers plus pilot). They are ideal aircraft for scenic flights, with an open plan cabin making for excellent views for all passengers. The Helicopter Line has the highest levels of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations, this involves regular monitoring and audit of all aspects of the operations.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
The Helicopter Line Base
Departure Time:
Summer - October - April:
9:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm

Winer - May - September:
11am, 1:30pm

All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Heli Hiking Franz Josef

Heli Hiking Franz Josef

  • Helicopter tour
  • Professional guide
  • 2-hour hike amongst glacial ice formations
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All equipment provided (glacier boots, talonz, socks, an ice axe, waterproof jacket)
  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures. Moderate fitness is required
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
What to Bring:
  • Warm upper body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one)
Voucher Info:
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mykl D, April 2014

Absolutely amazing.
Everyone was lovely to deal with, and made the experience comfortable. They all seemed to still find a huge thrill in showing people "their" glacier, or flying guests to and from it.

Reviewed by: Daniel S, April 2014

This was the best day of our holiday. Everyone was professional, the guide was fantastic. Our 10 and 11 year old children (one very nervous on the ice) were encouraged and assisted by our very patient guide Cliff. The glacier was beautiful, the hike challenging but not too strenuous. Don't hesitate!

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Tour code: 3434WHO_HELIHIKE