Glacier Heli Hike

The Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. From the moment you step on board our chopper, your experience and highly trained pilot will whisk you away, up and over the jaw-dropping landscape.

After a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you'll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and with plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable New Zealand experience and one you will remember forever.

Sometimes even the best prepared plans don't work out, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If your trip is cancelled due to weather, Franz Josef Glacier Guides can transfer you onto our Glacier Valley Walk the same day. There is no obligation to participate, and should you need to, you can cancel at any time. We just want to make sure you don't miss out on a great glacier experience.

Visit our FAQ's page for more information.

As part of your Heli Hike you also receive entry to the main pools at the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools, the ideal way to relax and rejuvinate after your hike.

  • Heli Transfer
  • Relaxed Pace
  • Small Groups
  • Hot Pools
up to 4hrs

Ice Time:
up to 3hrs

Trip Times: Times available throughout the day, check availability online
Minimum Age:
8 yrs and minimum 35kg weight


Please Note:
For safety reason we are not able to guide anyone over the weight of 115kg (253.5lb) or who is pregnant.
Adult: $459 *
*Prices are per person and subject to change


We have the best quality equipment

All our visitors and guides are equipped with the best in quality equipment:

  • Breathable Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers (if required)
  • Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots) - Crampons (with small waist bag) for superior glacier grip
  • Woollen hats and gloves (if required)

Simply making sure our clients are as warm and comfortable as possible.

wHat to brinG

  • 2-4 warm upper body layers ideally woollen or polypro (not cotton) - Quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans)
  • Food and drink for the day
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera

wHat not to brinG

  • iPods / MP3 players
  • Mobile Phones
  • Passports
  • Wallets
  • Car / Room Keys




Glacier Heli hike

Check out our Heli Hike in action...
After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier and undertake a two hour guided hike amongst some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery available.

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