If you're up for a challenge this trip is for you.

Glacier climbing in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is considered by many to be among the best in the world. Join us for a day packed with excitement and adventure and see what all the fuss is about. You bring the enthusiasm and we'll bring the expertise.

Your day begins with a full briefing at our base. Your guide will then get you kitted up and ready for your scenic helicopter transfer up onto the glacier; a great chance to take in the full panoramic majesty of the glacier and surrounding mountains.

Once on the ice, your guide will lead you on a short hike to the best available climbing spot and your ice climb begins.

With a small ratio of one highly experienced guide to four guests, you can be sure that you will receive expert tuition and maximum support throughout your climb.

We bring all the technical equipment and climbing gear required, and provide instruction to suit your pace and ability - teaching you the skills and techniques required to carefully and comfortably scale the glacier. 

Test yourself with a new challenge and be rewarded with unique views and a sense of accomplishment.

Your guide will tailor the day to suit novices and experts alike, so regardless of your experience or ability level you can be assured of an epic day on the ice.


Glacier Heli Ice Climb

Tour Details



Child (ages 16 – 16)


Tour duration

Up to 9 hours

Tour times

Call for tour times

Ice time

Up to 7 hours

Guide to guest ratio

1 to 4



Minimum age

16 years

A short scenic helicopter transfer flying over the glaicer valley and landing on the ice.

Expert tuition from an experienced guide introducing you to the exhilarating sport of ice climbing.

Up to seven hours ice time including hiking, climbing and tuition.

Please contact us on 0800 Guides (484337) to enquire about this trip.

* Prices valid only until 30th September 2020 and are subject to change.

I love abseiling into crevasses and trying to decide whether it’s possible to access these amazing views with guests, that’s the aim of the game! "


Lead Guide


No previous experience necessary.

If you've never tried ice climbing before it's no problem, just bring your sense of adventure and we can do the rest. Ice climbing, however, is a challenging sport and you'll need a good level of fitness, flexibility and agility to complete this trip.

Reasonable upper body strength is required to effectively use the ice axes, and your legs will be put to the test during your climb as well. If you lead an active lifestyle and regularly participate in other outdoor sports you should be capable of a Heli Ice Climb experience. If you have any doubt about your ability please contact our friendly team for more information, or feel free to pop into our base to talk to one of our guides in person.



Get the most out of your Heli Ice Climb.

We want all of our guests to have the best possible time on our Heli Ice Climb experience. We provide all the gear and equipment you need for your climb and to stay warm, dry and safe while on the ice.

We ask that you come prepared with suitable clothing and accessories that will add to your overall comfort while on the trip.

We provide:
  • All climbing gear including helmets, harness, ropes, ice axes and crampons
  • Suitable boots and socks
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • A rucksack to carry your crampons and essentials
  • A warm hat and gloves
Please bring with you:
  • Warm, breathable base layers such as merino or polypropylene
  • Suitable long pants for climbing in (jeans are not suitable, tracksuits and leggings are fine)
  • Sunglasses (these are essential if you don't have any with you we have a selection available for purchase at our front desk)
  • Sunblock
  • Your own warm hat and gloves if you prefer
  • Your camera or phone
  • A small water bottle and snack if you need one
Please leave the following items behind:
  • Your valuables such as passport, wallet and car keys (we have lockers available for hire)

Thinking of heading to the Hot Pools after your trip? Remember to bring your swimming gear with you, you can store your belongings in our lockers for $2. Towel hire is also available for $5 at reception. 

Beautiful and unique landscape. The experience was adapted to our skill level, and challenged us so the experience was truly unforgettable.

Heli Ice Climb Guest

The whole trip was great, lovely people, awesome guide (Matt) and unreal sights.

Heli Ice Climb Guest
United Kingdom

Great experience. The glacier is awesome, climbing was great fun and Sam was a great guide.

Heli Ice Climb Guest

Main Pools

Main Pools


Your glacier trip includes access to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. What better way to relax after a day in the valley than in the rejuvenating warmth of our hot pools?

Your experience with us would not be complete without spending some time reflecting on your adventure in the relaxing surroundings of the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. Entry to the main pools is complimentary with your Franz Josef Glacier Guides experience, and access to the pools is through the same reception area that you check in for your Glacier Guides experience. 

The hot pools are intimately nestled in the lush surrounds of native rainforest and offer three main pools of varying temperatures in which to unwind. As well the three main pools, our facility also offers three private pools available to Franz Josef Glacier Guides' guests for the exclusive upgrade rate of $41.

Our spa and massage facilities are just the thing for aching muscles; treat yourself to a relaxing massage from one of our therapists or an uplifting facial treatment. The perfect end to an unforgettable day.





We adhere to the highest safety standards to ensure ongoing safety for both our guests and our team. 

We will be delighted to welcome you as a guest on our Heli Ice Climb trip provided you:

  • Weigh less than 115kg (253.5lb)
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are over the age of 16 years old
  • Are not under the influence of intoxicating drugs or alcohol
  • Have not been assessed by a lead guide as lacking the required fitness to complete the trip
Pre-existing medical conditions

Existing or previous medical conditions including (but not limited to) those listed below may have an impact on your ability to participate in our Heli Ice Climb. It's important that you advise us of the following when making your booking:

  • Ankle or knee injuries
  • ACL damage
  • Joint replacements or dislocations
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Heart conditions and high / low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Severe asthma

In addition to this, our lead guides may need to restrict guest participation on a Heli Ice Climb trip based on the specific conditions of the glacier on the day.

Our front line team are always happy to provide an update on glacier conditions on the morning of your trip.

Trip cancellations

The changeable weather that shapes our dramatic landscape on the West Coast can also impact our ability to operate. We will not compromise the safety of our guests or staff in any circumstance, so if the weather conditions mean it's not safe to operate a trip we will cancel it. All trips cancelled due to weather will be refunded.

We need a five-hour window of clear weather to operate our Heli Ice Climb, and because the weather is so changeable we are constantly monitoring weather reports and conditions on the glacier to make the safest and most accurate decision.

We also want to give you the very best chance of getting on your trip, therefore, we make the final call as to whether a trip is going ahead on the morning of your scheduled trip departure. If your trip is cancelled we will notify you by email.

You’re welcome to come in and chat to our friendly team for an update on weather conditions, to reschedule your trip or arrange your refund.

If you can manage it, we recommend spending at least two days in the Franz Josef region to allow the best chance of getting onto a Heli Ice Climb trip.