Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike



  • Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and guided hike

  • Take a helicopter flight over the glacier and land between two icefalls

  • Follow a professional guide on a 2-hour hike on the glacial terrain

  • Be wowed by ice formations like caves, multistory pinnacles and deep crevasses

  • Equipment provided, including glacier boots and ice crampons


With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a three-hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder travellers often label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Your journey starts at our glacier base in Franz Josef Village where our friendly team will check you in, get you kitted out with the essential gear and give you a pre-trip briefing.

From here, your guide will lead you on a short walk through native forest to the heli pad and get you ready to board your helicopter. Adrenaline levels start to spike as you board your helicopter and the highly trained pilot then whisks you away over the jaw dropping landscape - an opportunity to take in the full panoramic majesty of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere nestled within the surrounding mountains.

Your pilot will land you high up on the glacier itself, where your guide will help you make the final preparations for your hike before you head off to explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape.

During your hike your guide will share with you the story of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, their knowledge of the glacier and surrounding area and insight on why Franz Josef is so unique. You'll come away from your trip not only with a sense of awe at this majestic beauty, but a whole new understanding of why this precious landmark is so special.


  • Helicopter ride

  • Professional guide

  • 2-hour hike on the glacier

  • Use of gear (glacier boots, talons, socks, ice axe, waterproof jacket)

  • Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools


  • Any expenses that are not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

  • Minimum age is 8 years. Child rate is the same adult.

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

  • Moderate level of fitness is required

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

  • Please note: A guided walk among ice caves is usually part of the tour but all tour activities are dependent on the weather

  • Maximum weight limit of 120kg per person

Hours & Pricing

  • Tours depart daily at 8:30am, 8:45am, 9:00am, 9:15am, 9:30am, 11:40pm, 11:50pm, 12:05pm, 12:15pm. (Tour times are subject to change. Please specify your preferred time.)

  • Duration: allow 3 hours




* Price valid until 30th September 2019


         Franz Josef Glacier Guides, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7859











How to Book

  1. Please fill out and submit the booking form. Once the form received, our team will check on the booking's availability on the date and/or time you prefer, otherwise, we will get in touch with you with an alternative date and/or time.

  2. Once the booking's availability confirmed, a payment link with the total amount to pay will be sent to you . Please complete payment as soon as possible to secure the booking as the availability can be changed from time to time. 

  3. Once the payment received, we will confirm your booking within 1 business day and a confirmation voucher will be sent via email.

How to use

  • Upon confirmation email received, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.

  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction.

  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control

  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) (NZDT 17:00) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel 4 day(s) (NZDT 17:00) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel within 3 day(s) (NZDT 17:00) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.