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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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Discover the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty on this small-group 4-hour Franz Josef Glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the Pinnacles area of the glacier with your guide. Navigate your way through the maze of ice on your moderately difficult hike. Learn of the dramatic environmental changes affecting the glacier and gain insight into the geological forces at play. Afterwards, take a soak in the hot pools to warm up and soothe your muscles (complimentary). Group size is limited to 11 to ensure a personalized experience.
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 
  • Four departures available for your convenience
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.
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All reviews heli hike cancelled due hot pools new zealand an amazing experience blue ice once in a lifetime ice formations warm clothes small bag couple of days bad weather go ahead got lucky well worth the cost just in case waterproof trousers
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I absolutely loved this experience !! Everything was very professional and all equipment was explained to us before we set off :) The staff were lovely and the helicopter ride was only a few minutes, but gave amazing views of the surrounding glaciers. I had...More

Thank xxginamxx
Aimee_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora xxginamxx, Thank you so much for your review. I'm pleased to hear you had an amazing time up on the ice exploring through caves and that everything well for you! I will be sure to pass your lovely comments on to Josh! Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the best experiences we had in New Zealand. The tour wad so well organised but what amazed us was the 10 minutes walk through the jungle in order to get to the place where the helicopter lands on. The flight was...More

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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora travelisair, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you sharing all about your Heli Hike trip. It is indeed a once in a lifetime experience. We love hearing that this was one of the best things you did in New Zealand and that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, its expensive but it was worth every cent. This is one of the only 3 places on Earth that you can get an experience like this and it lives up to all expectations. The thrill of being on the glacier is amazing...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora rackrackcity, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share about your once in a lifetime experience! It is great to hear you loved every second of your Heli Hike and that it lived up to all its expectations....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily the best day of our NZ South Island adventures. We booked for morning on the first of our two days in Franz Josef to allow for rescheduling due to weather, but everything was perfect on the day. Interesting and funny guide, good pace of...More

Thank Sarah B
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora Sarah, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you sharing your Heli Hike experience. It is fantastic that you had such a wonderful experience and that everything was perfect! It is definitely a great idea though to allow a couple of days just...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing experience on Franz Josef Glacier, first time on a helicopter and on a glacier! Our guide, Lawrence was entertaining and informative throughout the challenging hike. We were able to end our day in the hot pools which was amazing after the beautiful hike...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank beverly1994
Georgia_FJGG, Customer Service Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora beverly1994, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It is awesome to hear you had such an amazing experience we 100% agree it is an absolutely beautiful place to be. We will also make sure...More

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855cynthia
21 July 2019|
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Response from TimBtogo | Reviewed this property |
Best to check with the provider. Remember Southern Hemisphere so December is not winter there. Ice changes daily so what you explore will depend on condition. All year round experience so will still be really good. Totally... More
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Wendy S
23 June 2019|
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Response from Barry S | Reviewed this property |
I think the challenge is not so much an endurance or strength one as it is technical. If you can handle a hike through the woods for a few hours you've probably got the fitness level required. If you have any balance... More
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DandyAnd
2 June 2019|
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Response from Jeff T | Reviewed this property |
There are two types of trips to "see" the glacier at Franz Joseph. One trip is you walk up to and can see the glacier at a distance but not stand on the glacier. The other trip is a helicopter ride onto the glacier. In that... More
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