Heli Ice Climb

The closest you can get to the Franz Josef Glacier.
Glacier climbing in New Zealand is considered by many to be the best in the world, and no one does it better than Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Ice climbing at Franz Josef is a day packed with excitement and adventure, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Under the expert tuition of some of New Zealand’s most experienced ice climbers, you will learn the skills and techniques you need to carefully and comfortably climb the glacier.

A great way to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice climbing under the watchful eye of our expert team. Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.

Bring your enthusiasm; we’ll bring the equipment.
Franz Josef Glacier Guides will provide all the technical equipment you need for your day of ice climbing.

Looking for something a little easier?
Franz Josef Glacier Guides offer plenty of other ways to enjoy the Franz Josef Glacier that are perfect for visitors of all ages and abilities. See what else we have to offer here.

As part of your Ice Climb you also receive entry to the main pools at the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools, the ideal way to relax and rejuvinate after an exhilarating day on the ice.

  • Heli Transfer
  • Expert Tuition
  • High-tech Equipment
  • Adrenaline Highs
up to 5hrs

Ice Time:
up to 4hrs

Trip Times: Call for our current schedule
Minimum Age:
16 yrs


Please Note:
For safety reason we are not able to guide anyone over the weight of 115kg (253.5lb) or who is pregnant.
Adult: $575 *
*Prices are per person and subject to change
  • "Stunning Scenery, Terrific Experience"

    This was a wonderful tour and one of our favorite and most memorable trips during our three
    week vacation in New Zealand...more

    Kim J, Hawaii

  • "Magnificent nature"

    The walk is challenging as the glaciers are quite high up
    but the views are astounding and well worth it!



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 hot pools

After a day on the ice, there's no better way to relax and rejuvenate...
Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation.

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