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The Helicopter Line

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike Tour

Help code: 18D0-145A

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  • Scenic Helicopter Flight to Franz Josef icefall
  • Glacier helicopter landing
  • 2 hour hike on the glacier ice formations
  • Professional guides
  • All equipment provided
  • Witness some truely majestic scenery
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The excitement of walking on one of New Zealand's most famous glaciers - the Franz Josef Glacier - combines with a scenic and thrilling helicopter flight to provide the ultimate alpine experience! You'll be flown in and able to access and explore a part of this famous ice formation that is brimming with a variety of spectacular ice caves and arches. Fly over the pinnacles of the lower icefall where the ice is in constant motion then circle the upper icefall before the helicopter lands in a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier.

You'll be outfitted with specially designed equipment to deal with ice conditions and follow steps that are cut out as you explore the amazing formations and caves which can only be found in this most unique of New Zealand landscapes. These great trips can fill up quickly so be sure to book your Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight and Hiking combo package in advance!

Inclusions

  • 3 hour experience
  • Scenic helicopter flight to Franz Josef icefall
  • 2 hour hike amongst the glacier ice formations
  • Professional and experience guides with be with you the entire time
  • All equipment (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)

Time

  • This is a 3hour trip with 2 hours of that being hiking
  • Summer (Oct - Apr) operates trips at 9.30am and 2.30pm
  • Winter (May-Sep) operates trips at 11am & 1.30pm

Location

  • A courtesy coach is available to and from central locations in Franz Josef
  • If you do not require transfers, meeting point is Main South Road, Franz Josef

What To Bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm upper body clothing
  • Camera

Additional Information

  • Minimum age is 8 years of age
  • A moderate level of fitness is required
  • Customers over 120kg's and/or pregnant will not be able to participate
  • Flights operate daily except Christmas Day 25 December. At the completion of purchase, you will need to contact the tour operator to confirm the flight time that suits you (Tour Operator details will be printed in your tour voucher)
  • All flights require a minimum number of 3 passengers for departures. Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum number on the basis that bookings will be co-ordinated to achieve minimum numbers

Terms And Conditions

  • Flights, landings or routes may vary due to weather and at the pilot's discretion
  • Flight times are approximate and include your landing
  • Minimum passenger numbers apply for flights. Bookings will be coordinated to achieve this where possible
  • Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum as we will coordinate to achieve the required minimum.
  • Clients are required to reconfirm their reservation the day prior to flying

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • 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
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you.
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Deborah Chua 10 months ago
We were fortunate to have perfect weather and managed to get clear views of the valley and glacier!! The hike was also pretty cool, we slip and slid under and through ice caves. Definitely worth the money, once in a lifetime experience. Must do for South Island holidays!
We were fortunate to have perfect weather and managed to get clear views of the valley and glacier
Deborah Chua 10 months ago

We were fortunate to have perfect weather and managed to get clear views of the valley and glacier!! The hike was also pretty cool, we slip and slid under and through ice caves. Definitely worth the money, once in a lifetime experience. Must do for South Island holidays!

Really enjoyed our Heli Hike
Kathie McDowell 2 years ago

Really enjoyed our Heli Hike! Couldn’t believe we were walking on an actual glacier! Got to crawl through tiny gaps and tunnels in the ice! A bit overpriced but worth it for the uniqueness of the trip. So glad it went ahead after being cancelled a few times due to bad weather.. so make sure you schedule a few days in Franz Josef is you want to do the Heli hike as it is cancelled a lot due to weather. Of course, you can opt for a full refund or be rescheduled. Would recommend!

Couldn't have a better activity
Josephine Ong 5 years ago

Couldn't have a better activity. Forgo watching movies and eating in expensive restaurants. This is one trip you should save for. Is worth it all. Once in a lifetime experience! Our guide is so helpful, especially Asians like me with short legs find climbing some high steps difficult. He makes sure I am behind him so he could help every moment. Thank you, Mike!

We did the heli-hike in January 2015 and it was one of the most fun and great experiences I have ever had
Vinal 5 years ago

We did the heli-hike in January 2015 and it was one of the most fun and great experiences I have ever had.

This was the most exciting thing we did in New Zealand
Robbie 5 years ago

This was the most exciting thing we did in New Zealand, even better than white water rafting in Queenstown! Our guide was so good, the conditions change daily with the melting of the ice. Even though I was the one to fall into the water, had the best time ever. Feb. 2015 and we got hot! Beautiful sunny day and heli ride was magic!

Be sure to book in your Heli-Hike experience at the beginning of your holiday! Weather can be un-predictable so should it need to be moved to another day, there is room to move! This is one experience you do not want to miss out on!
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