Heli Hiking Franz Josef
Reviewed by: maria m, February 2015
This tour was amazing!
Reviewed by: Jennifer C, February 2015
Great staff and a wonderful adventure.
Reviewed by: Vaibhav P, January 2015
Loved the helicopter ride and glacier hike as well. Totally worth the money!
Reviewed by: Andrew John F, January 2015
could not do it due to bad weather
Reviewed by: Siobhan M, December 2014
it was great, staff was well informed and educated. it was a lot of fun
Reviewed by: Judith C, October 2014
The heli-hike was a wonderful experience, the highlight of our trip. It was professionally organised and our guide was very knowledgable. We had a beautiful day on fresh snow. A real treat.
Reviewed by: Kristin C, September 2014
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. The helicopter ride was awesome! Your first ride is about 10-15 minutes with some great photo opportunities and the ride back is a bit shorter. In our helicopter, there was room for six guests in addition to the pilot -- two seats up front next to the pilot and four seats in the back of the helicopter. We had two guides on our tour (one was a student on workstudy) and both were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable about the glacier and the history of Franz Joseph. We were able to go hike near the waterfall and climb through some ice tunnels which made for amazing photos.
The tour company provides wool socks, boots, and a waterproof jacket and pants. The jacket can go over your own coat but most in our party just opted to leave on two light layers (a t-shirt) and fleece under the provided jacket. You get quite hot while hiking so I'd recommend leaving your winter jacket in the shed. You are responsible for your own gloves and should probably bring along waterproof ones. I'd also recommend sunglasses and sunscreen -- I wish I brought along sunglasses as it took awhile for my eyes to adjust to the sun reflecting off the ice.