A guided heli-hike glacier experience you will never forget!

Franz Josef Glacier Guides and The Helicopter Line are proud to share with you the very best of New Zealand's glaciers.

Thanks to our detailed knowledge of the glacier region, you'll come away with a whole new appreciation for Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier). But it's just as important that you feel safe throughout your trip.

Our guides have a great deal of experience and are highly skilled in finding the safest and most spectacular route for you. Each trip is tailored to the ability of your group as well as the conditions of the ice.

Heli Hike Tours are limited so be sure to book early! Please note this tour is operated by The Helicopter Line, with guided services provided by Franz Josef Glacier Guides. 


Learn more

Glacier Heli Hike

Glacier Heli Hike

Peaks and Pinnacles Package

Adult From$599

Includes a 2 night stay at the Rainforest Retreat Deluxe Tree Hut!
Balance the thrill of a Heli hike with a relaxing stay at the Rainforest Retreat Deluxe tree hut, nestled amongst the west coast's lush native bush.

Heli Transfer

Moderate hike

Up to 2.5 hours ice time

Heli Hike

Adult From$485

After a short and thrilling flight over lush and rugged native rainforest, you will land on the Franz Josef Glacier, where your guide, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, will lead you through some of the most awe-inspiring glacier scenery Aotearoa (New Zealand) has to offer. Please note this product is operated by The Helicopter Line, with guided services provided by Franz Josef Glacier Guides.

Heli Transfer

Moderate Hike

Up to 2.5 hours ice time

Heli Ice Climb

Adult From$620

Under the expert tuition of our experienced guides, we will introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice-climbing, whilst still enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Franz Josef Glacier. Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.

Heli Transfer

Challenging Climb

Up to 6 ice time


An ever-changing icescape.

Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere) is the steepest guided glacier amongst the country, descending from its origins high in the Southern Alps deep into the lush native rainforest of Westland's National Park. It also moves faster than your average glacier, with the main ice fall capturing speeds of up to five metres per day! This creates some truly incredible features in the glacier such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses; all of which are constantly changing and evolving so no two days are ever the same.


Learn more about Franz Josef Glacier

Great experience and very unique! Great guide and very well taken care of.

Heli Hike Guest
United States of America

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff on a world class site, what's not to love?

Heli Hike Guest

The scenery is breathtaking and the experience completely worth the money. The guide ensures your safety and makes you feel looked after.

Heli Hike Guest
United Kingdom

Plan your visit

Franz Josef Glacier is located in the beautiful Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast), a scenic 5 hour drive from Queenstown or 2.5 hours from Greymouth.


Plan your visit