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Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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From US$325.00
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  • 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$325.00
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11:10AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 11:10am, returning at 3:10pm
From US$325.00
8:30AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 8:30am, returning at 12:30pm
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9:30AM Departure
Small-group Franz Josef Glacier walk departing at 9:30am, returning at 1:30pm
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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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great experience

As an experience walking on a glacier was great but there were a few things that made it not 5 stars. Before the negative points we must say that our guide Nicole was amazing and had the patiences of a saint. We were expecting a...More

Thank Mark B
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Mark, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback and comments. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere. We will ensure to pass on the positive comments...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful Experience

They don't have glaciers where I come from! What a treat. This was a grand experience on a clear day. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the conditions of the glacier, the negative side effects of global warming, and general information that one would expect...More

Thank cincinnatideb
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora cincinnatideb, 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. We will ensure to pass the positive feedback to our guides. Ngā...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
We Received the "Deluxe" Tour!

We knew going in this tour was very weather dependent. It didn't dawn on us, though, that going out would also be very weather dependent! Amazing helicopter ride! The walk and views were fantastic - shimmying through narrow gaps in the sky blue ice, climbing...More

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Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora HuckandJSS, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere. Sounds like you had an awesome time on your "Deluxe" tour,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great fun wonderful experience

Make your reservation and be prepared to have it cancelled as the weather is very precarious. Having an extra day to be there is a good option. We were lucky as our weather was great. They are very professional giving you clear instruction on the...More

1  Thank Barry C
Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Barry C Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor – we appreciate your feedback. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing experience. Family with small kids heli hiking - worth every penny.

This tour was the highlight of our 15 day tour of the South Island. It is expensive. Especially as we paid for a family of five with three children and the kids were charged at the same rate as adults. It was worth every penny....More

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Frontline_FJGG, Customer Service Supervisor at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora beezee2010, 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 Andy our team. Glad we could get...More

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20 April 2018|
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Response from owenvaughan | Reviewed this property |
The trip is possible but you will probably not enjoy the full experience due to the sheer length of time on the road coupled with the vagaries of a weather dependant outdoor activity...
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