EXPERIENCE UNMATCHED GUIDING EXPERTISE
A guided heli-hike glacier experience you will never forget!
Franz Josef Glacier Guides and The Helicopter Line are proud to show you the very best of New Zealand's West Coast 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 and valley on the day.
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.
Pinnacles and Peaks Package
The pinnacles and peaks package is the evolutionary step in glacier experiences. Take the most skilled guides and New Zealand’s most unmatched glacier terrain, this trip is designed with the most curious explorer at its core. Franz Josef Glacier Guides have broken boundaries with innovation and creativity, employing fixed line travel to take your glacier experience to new heights.
Catering to most skill levels, this 2.5-hour hike will guarantee to provide you with the most informative, venturesome and memorable adventure. Balance the trill of a Heli hike with a relaxing stay at the Rainforest Retreat, nestled amongst the west coast’s lush native rainforest.
Up to 2.5 hours ice time
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.
Up to 2.5 hours ice time
Heli Ice Climb
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.
Up to 7 hours ice time
NEW ZEALAND'S MOST SPECTACULAR GLACIER
An ever-changing icescape.
Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere) is one of the steepest glaciers in New Zealand, 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. 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.
Great experience and very unique! Great guide and very well taken care of.
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff on a world class site, what's not to love?
The scenery is breathtaking and the experience completely worth the money. The guide ensures your safety and makes you feel looked after.