Franz Josef: Half-Day Glacier Helicopter and Hiking Tour

Franz Josef: Half-Day Glacier Helicopter and Hiking Tour

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From US$ 369.53 per person

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Explore the Franz Josef Glacier on this combination hiking and helicopter tour. Fly up to the glacier, hike over the fast-moving ice, and marvel at stunning views.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Experience nature at its wildest on a guided trek across the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Learn about the history of the area and the rugged terrain from your local guide
  • Marvel at fascinating ice formations, pinnacles, and the fast-moving ice flow
  • Fly in a helicopter with panoramic views and experience landing on a glacier
  • Get your heart pumping hiking across the ice with crampons and glacier boots
Full description

Get out into nature and experience the wilderness on this tour of the Franz Josef Glacier. Soar in the air in a helicopter, trek with glacier boots and crampons, and take in the fascinating colors of the ice flow.

Meet at the Franz Josef Village base in the Westland National Park and hop into a helicopter. Fly up to the glacier and land on a section pre-checked for safety by your guide. Equipped with glacier boots and crampons, walk through ice formations and pinnacles for 2 hours. Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air, and take note of the unique color of the glacier.

Hike back to the helicopter and return to the base with a profound respect for nature.

  • Glacier landing
  • 2-hour glacier hike
  • Guide
  • Glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Landing and concession fees
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
  • People under 77 lbs (35 kg)
  • People over 254 lbs (115 kg)

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Meeting point

Check-in 1 hour before departure at Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Glacier Base.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Selfie sticks
  • Tablets/iPads

Know before you go

  • Flights, landings, and routes may vary due to weather and the pilot’s discretion. Flight times are approximate and include your landing
  • Book your flights early in your trip to allow for weather cancelations or delays
  • Minimum passenger numbers apply for flights. Bookings will be coordinated to achieve this where possible
  • From May 1st to September 30th, children cannot join the 11 A.M. tour
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

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From the get go the company was great, they kept us up to date on the likelihood of our trip happening subject to weather as it was looking a bit iffy. Our first attempt was cancelled but in good time so we could get on with our other plans rather than hang around and waste time. We returned a few days later… When we got to the office on the day of our successful attempt, the company was well organised and friendly. We were weighed, kitted up and headed for the ice. The weather was great and our guide was very knowledgeable, we learnt a lot and had an amazing time! Very unique experience! We would highly recommend booking with helicopter line!!

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October 4, 2022

Amazing day on the glacier. We got to see how blue it was in the sun and learnt all about how the glacier was/is formed. We trekked for around 2hrs on the glacier and had 2 cool helicopter rides around the mountains. Our guide was very “hot on safety” he made sure that everyone was together and gave us a briefing before we started. We were provided with crampons, walking sticks, boots, socks, a bag and the option to have a windproof coat and trousers. Highly recommend this experience! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, not everyone can say they’ve walked on a glacier!

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October 3, 2022

December 4, 2022


Product ID: 426867